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The Guardian has introduced its own film awards and it includes a category for the Best Film Festival. On the longlist of 10 contenders are Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance...and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

It’s one of only two UK festivals nominated (London is the other), and the only documentary event in the world so it is being seen as something of a coup.

The votes are open to the public and the top five will go forward to a shortlist from which a panel of judges will select a winner - but the top-ranked reader pick in each category will also count for one vote in each case.

Sheffielders are being urged to get behind Doc/Fest to boost the chances of what The Guardian describes as “a smaller shindig” by voting before noon on February 16 at www.theguardian.com/guardian-film-awards/introducing-film-awards-2014

1Headlining the Funhouse Comedy night to the New Barrack Tavern, Hillsborough, on Sunday is Irish comedian Martin Mor (pictured). Starting out as a circus entertainer he then decided to turn to stand-up. Having supported Frankie Boyle, Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Jasper Carrot, Patrick Kielty, Johnny Vegas, Steve Coogan, and once Tina Turner on tour he is one of the most popular and well travelled comics on the circuit. His fiery insults often directed at audience members are generally accepted with laughter when delivered by this gentle giant of a man.

There is a full supporting line-up from three other acts in Sean Heydon and his comical antics and amazing illusions, Paul Imrie with his humorous ideas and Chris Washington with hilarious tales about being a postman.

Compere for the night is Guy Manners.

Tickets are £5 in advance.

1Sheffield Adventure Film Festival is going into partnership with Sheffield Hospitals Charity to help raise funds for a satellite blood fridge to support the Northern General Hospital’s Major Trauma Centre.

A suggested £1 donation from every ticket sold for this year’s event at the Showroom Cinema from April 4-6 will go towards raising the £5,000 needed to provide a blood fridge in the resuscitation room of the emergency department so that urgent transfusions can be immediately given to patients losing blood.

There will also be a special Risk and Reward fundraiser film and speaker session on Saturday night with half of the ticket price going to the charity.

The thinking behind the campaign is that outdoor pursuit enthusiasts attending the festival could personally benefit from the new facility as the emergency department often treats patients that have experienced an injury as a result of taking part in adventure sports.

1Internationally known soprano Elizabeth Watts (pictured) has agreed to become vice-president of the David Clover Festival of Singing, of which she is a past winner. The 2014 festival, organised by the City of Sheffield Teachers’ Choir, takes place next weekend, February 7-9 with sessions at Dore and Totley United Reformed Church and the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria.

1An evening with psychic medium Stephen Holbrook will be held at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria on Thursday, February 27. Tickets are £18 on the door or £17 pre-booked via 2521292.