Otherfield is an annual retreat held at Laughton Lodge in the East Sussex countryside over the weekend of Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August. 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.
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.