Docs Ireland 2023: Festival Programmers Session

3:30 PM 23rd June 2023 2 Royal Avenue

Docs Ireland 2023 presents a panel discussion between the festival's own Stuart Sloan and other leading documentary programmers about the art of non-fiction and its curation.

At the heart of the documentary ecosystem lies the documentary film festival, dedicated to the art of, and passionate about the exhibition, of non-fiction film.

In this intimate session, we will gather together leading festival curators to discuss recent trends, changes and developments in the documentary space. Examining their critical gatekeeping role, we will probe their individual practices and programming philosophies; how they create and implement their programming objectives and artistic policies, as well as contributing vital information to filmmakers preparing their own festival strategy, so they can successfully maximise their festival premiere and sustain their projects’ festival run.


Heather Haynes – Associate Director of Programming, Hot Docs

Mads K. Mikkelsen – Head of Programme, CPH:DOX*

Inka Achté – Head of Programming, DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

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