I usually update the blog as I go each day but this year it just didn't happen.

The weather this year was pretty awful most of the time and without our old studio in the city; there was nowhere to retreat to and carrying my MacBook around with me in the rain didn't appeal.

The weather was pants but Doc/Fest wasn't - aside of not being able to get tickets for some screenings and not being able to get into one of the drinks receptions, it was pretty darn good.

My 1st day's blog post pretty much finished where I was about to grab lunch, have a wander about the festival a little more and catch the opening night film, so I'll start this from there.

Diego Maradona

The opening night film was Diego Maradona by Asif Kapadia who I am a big fan of.

I'm not a football fan at all but I did enjoy the film; I didn't think it was as good as Amy or Senna but it's definitely worth a watch, maybe it's also better if you're into football?

On the Friday there was BAFTA Masterclass: Asif Kapadia which was another great session that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Werner Herzog

I am a huge fan of Werner Herzog and I thoroughly enjoyed his latest documentary; Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin and the Q&A afterwards.

The following day was also also a treat due to In Conversation with Werner Herzog where we were able to hear much more about this magnificent man and his incredible life experiences.

For Sama

I was unable to get a ticket for the first screening of For Sama but I did manage to snag the very last seat for the second showing instead of going to The BBC Interview: Stacey Dooley.

For Sama, which won the Prix L’Œil d’Or for best documentary at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, was certainly worth catching at the festival and was followed by a brief Q&A with Waad Al-Kateab herself. Sama, however; who had been at the first screening's Q&A was sadly absent from this one.

Unsurprisingly; For Sama received a Grand Dury special mention and then won the Audience Award at this year's Doc/Fest.

It's certainly a must see film but do remember to take tissues if you go to a screening!

Alternate Realities

Another interesting part of the festival is the Alternate Realities where you can explore VR, AR and often some interesting machines. This year we saw an impressive perfume making machine.

After filling in an online form which asked you numerous questions about scents and other things, as well as asking specific questions about scents enclosed within six jars on a table you were given a code number to key into the machine - at this point it displayed a kind of recipe and the machine then dropped down a small bottle which then moved along a conveyor belt beneath an array of glass containers filled with various scents. As it moved along it would stop beneath ones chosen by the recipe and then dispense a certain amount of each required scent in order to create the final mixture.

I was really impressed by the machine, moreso than the resulting fragrance but it wasn't so bad. Certainly better than a few others I'd been able to catch a whiff of.

Social Events

Social events were somewhat marred by the bad weather this year which was a real shame but we all did make the most of them!

It was relatively quiet around the Doc/Fest Exchange due to the weather I suppose, this was a real shame as in previous years there's been a real buzz around there and it's been a great place to meet people and have a chat in a relaxed environment.

I specifically enjoyed the Scottish Delegation Drinks where I met a few wonderful people from Stirling and had a great chat with them.

The evening parties were really good this year, albeit quite busy and seeing queues outside DINA Venue, requiring a one-out, one-in approach on both nights that parties were held there.

I really liked the Crystal Bar as a venue, the upstairs bar that we discovered was relatively quiet and a great place for a chat and a laugh.

This year also saw me actually attend the closing night party at the Leadmill, the other times I've been at Doc/Fest I've swerved the final party which now I actually regret.

I had excellent fun with a few other delegates both that I knew before the festival, and some that I met at this year's festival.

To Close...

So, another year's Doc/Fest has come and gone once more - my fourth year at the festival has burned some great, new memories and formed some great new friendships and industry connections.  I can't wait for the next one!