ASFF Masterclass: Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s leading festival focusing on the documentary genre and programmer for the event, Hussain Currimbhoy, knows what to look out for in cutting edge factual film. Discussing how the genre is developing, he will explore the notion of what documentary is in 2013, what makes a good non-fiction film, and how to get yours noticed on the circuit.

Currimbhoy was born in Canada and moved to Australia in the 1990s. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia in 1999. Here he wrote and directed four short films before completing a Masters degree in Film at the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, Australia in 2002, directing 3 more films. Since 2003 Hussain worked in programming for the Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide Film Festivals and ran his own short film festival in Australia. He moved to the UK in 2007 and has been working for Sheffield Doc/Fest for six years now.

Sheffield Doc/Fest is one of the top three documentary festivals in the world. Combining a market and film programme for over 2000 UK and international delegates, the event brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the industry for five intense days in June each year. The festival is fast becoming known as one of the top places in the world for people from the documentary and digital industries to get together – to meet, to screen their work, share knowledge, do business, make new contacts and discuss innovations and challenges they are facing in the ever-changing media landscape.

Sheffield Doc/Fest Masterclass, Hussain Currimbhoy: Documentary, 8 November, 13.30-14.30, York St John University, for more information visit

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