Awards take a bow at Sheffield Doc/Fest

AWARDS are being presented at this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest for the first time.

The Grierson:Sheffield Documentary Awards will recognise films that aim to make a difference to the green debate, embrace innovative methods of production and storytelling or capture the imagination of a youth audience.

There are three categories in the Grierson:Sheffields – The Green Award, The Youth Jury Award and The Innovation Award.

Festival director Heather Croall said: "The response to the inaugural Grierson Sheffields was great and the nominees are a strong mix selected for their creativity, vision and the stories they tell. It's an honour to be working with The Grierson Trust to recognise such outstanding work in documentary. We're also delighted to be working with Carbon Planet once again to make the Festival Co2 free."

Carbon Planet is a leading emissions reduction company who work with Sheffield Doc/Fest to stamp out its carbon emissions.

Shortlisted for the Green Awards for exploring environmental issues that have contributed to the climate change debate are China: Shifting Nature, Jonathan Lewis; A Crude Awakening, The Oil Crash, Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack; God is Green, Mark Dowd; and the Al Gore film, An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim

Vying for the Innovation Award, whose criterion is exhibiting innovation in style or content, are Consent, Brian Hill; How is Your Fish Today?, Xiaolu Guo; Talk to Me, Mark Craig; and, Katerina Cizek.

Nominated for the award given to the film which is most engaging for young audiences, to be chosen by a jury aged 16-18, are All White in Barking, Marc Isaacs; Baghdad High, Ivan O'Mahoney & Laura Winter; Battleship Antarctica, Morgan Matthews; Doubletime, Stephanie Johnes; Full Metal Village, Sung-Hyung Cho; Helvetica, Gary Hustwit; Operation Filmmaker, Nina Davenport; and Smalltown Boy, Moby Longinotto.

The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 10 at The Plug during the festival which will screen more than 100 documentaries from around the world over five days.

The 14th documentary festival will open on November 7 with the UK premiere of Joy Division, a strictly factual account of the Eighties band recently fictionalised in the movie Control. The filmmakers and band members will be coming to Sheffield to take part in a question and answer session.

Sheffield Doc/Fest is now established as the UK's top event for the documentary film and television industry. In addition to showcasing some of the finest examples of documentary film and video from home and abroad, the five-day event hosts workshops and sessions that bring together everyone from first-time filmmakers to established producers and directors to discuss the art of documentary and factual television.