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Thousands to attend Sheffield Doc/Fest

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Image caption Sheffield Doc/Fest will feature 130 films, including 20 world premieres

Thousands of film lovers are expected to descend on Sheffield over the next six days for the city's 21st Doc/Fest.

The festival, which runs from Saturday to Thursday, will feature 130 films, including 20 world premieres.

About 3,000 people from the film industry are due to attend, while festival directors hope to build on the 20,000 public tickets sold in 2013.

Festival director Heather Croall said: "The festival is looking bigger and better than ever."

Doc/Fest 2014 will open at Sheffield's City Hall with Florian Habicht's documentary Pulp: A Film About Life Death and Supermarkets.

The film tells the story of the Sheffield act's final concert in the city in 2012.

The festival also includes the world premieres of Martin Scorsese's documentary about The New York Review of Books and Kim Longinotto's film Love Is All, due to be screened at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

Ms Croall said: "We want the industry element to be regarded as the best in the world but what we are doing now is to ramp up what we can offer the public.

"We want people that would not normally go to a documentary festival to think: 'That's for me, I want to go to that.'"

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