Launched in 2011 and dedicated to re-imagining the possibilities of nonfiction filmmaking, we are a grassroots gathering of non-fiction filmmakers and film lovers who have come together to create a space where we can discuss, share and support one another through the creative processes, ethics, politics and well being needed in our field of making, away from industry pressure. Our aim is to empower through dialogue and bring together filmmakers from all walks of life to listen, learn and grow in an environment which is fun, safe and away from the big smoke.
Otherfield film Festival is an annual retreat held over a weekend in the countryside. We screen films in makeshift venues. We put together workshops in barns and fields where the vanguard rub shoulders with the old guard. We combine creative endeavour with critical discourse, with an aim to inspire. We sleep in tents, eat meals together under the summer night skies and share stories around evening bonfires. Otherfield is made up of volunteers, many trying to survive as filmmakers with boring day jobs, who build the screening rooms, dining areas, bonfires and bars in the run up. Over the course of the year, we try our best to find films and think up workshops that we believe will be most helpful and supportive to those trying to carve a path as a non fiction filmmaker.
Our 2024 programme will include ten feature documentaries, six shorts, eight interdisciplinary workshops, and two works-in-progress. We feature both established and emerging artists and community voices, who explore self-determination, all united by an author-driven approach, challenging form and often translating personal experience. Our workshops strive to create discussion missing in mainstream media. We aim to nurture independent non-fiction that is brave, experimental, and responsive to the current challenges of our time. This year, in addition to gathering at Laughton Lodge, we will be putting on fundraiser screenings across London and East Sussex. These events will help us to raise funds to run this edition of the festival. Watch this space!