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BFI Doc Society Locals are free, participatory events taking place across the UK offering informative sessions and networking for anyone who has or is thinking about making creative documentaries. Delivered as part of BFI NETWORK, the aim is to create more connectivity across the UK documentary sector, to explore and showcase the opportunities available and to hear from you and about your stories.

Open to all whether you’re new to non-fiction film, an experienced doc-maker or simply doc-curious: BFI Doc Society Locals explore the current landscape in the UK for creative nonfiction filmmaking and aim to help build a diverse and thriving british independent docs community.

Previously we have hosted Locals in Newcastle, Belfast, Cardiff, Lewes, Birmingham, Manchester and in 2020, due to Covid-19, we took them online.

View our virtual sessions online here:

BFI Doc Society Local Yorkshire - September 2021

BFI Doc Society Local at Glasgow Film Festival - March 2021

BFI Doc Society Local East - Nov 2020

BFI Doc Society Local South West - August 2020

We’d love to hear from organisations and those working to enrich and diversify their local documentary community, if you’d like to collaborate contact:

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