Fake News Fairytale, an NFTS graduation documentary directed by Kate Stonehill, has been selected for this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest; the UK’s premier documentary festival, which takes place from the 7th - 12th June 2018.

Sheffield Doc/Fest celebrates the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling; from feature length to shorts, interactive, augmented reality, and virtual reality projects, connecting creatives in one unique six-day festival.

Fake News Fairytale is a short, hybrid documentary that takes us to the unlikely epicentre of fake news: Veles, Macedonia; telling the true story of ‘Sashko,’ a bogus news writer from Veles, and in doing so, is a playful meditation on truth, lies and politics in a globalised, internet world.  

Kate says: ‘I knew I wanted to make a film about fake news and after reading an article about what was happening in Veles, I became intrigued by the idea of teenagers in Macedonia pumping out bizarre political clickbait. I also wondered whether the media had overstated their role in getting Trump elected. This subject matter presented an opportunity to play with the idea of what makes stories believable; a theme so intrinsic to filmmaking.’

This will be the second year Kate has been selected for Sheffield Doc/Fest, with her documentary Unspeakable about three of Britain’s so-called hate preachers, selected in 2017. Unspeakable was also selected for the London Short Film Festival in 2017, ZagrebDox International Film Festival in 2018 and shortlisted for the prestigious Grierson Award in 2017.

Kate Stonehill, who graduated from NFTS this year adds: ‘I’m incredibly excited to be heading back to Sheffield Doc/Fest for the second year to premiere Fake News Fairytale. It’s an amazing festival with a commitment to new, bold perspectives so I can’t wait to share the film there and explore some of these questions with an audience.’

Luke Moody, Director of Film Programming says of the festival: ‘In times of flux, these films offered wonderfully different gestations of response to storytelling, from urgent to slow journalism, from absurd to mirthful trips. We’re ready to greet you in Sheffield with a Festival of stories that will hypnotise, rouse and illuminate your soul for these days and future memories.’

Tickets to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 can be purchased here.   

Fake News Fairytale is screening on Friday 8th June, 8.30pm at the Showroom Cinema 1 and Saturday 9th June, 6pm at the Curzon Cinema 1.

If you are an aspiring documentary maker, find out more about our Directing Documentary MA and how to apply at www.nfts.co.uk/documentary