International film and arts festival

Sheffield DocFest is an international film and arts festival and marketplace, with a mission to spark imaginations and empower our capacity for change by celebrating, championing and debating documentary film and art as a collective form of engagement. Join us for our 28th edition this year.

June 4 - 13
Sheffield DocFest 2021

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We welcome you to Sheffield DocFest 2021

Our Chair of the Board of Trustees, Alex Cooke, and Festival Director, Cíntia Gil, welcome you to Sheffield, online and to cinemas across the UK for our 28th edition of the festival.
Published on June 4

Summer of Soul Screening Across the UK

Audiences from across the UK will be able to watch the European premiere of Summer of Soul simultaneously to audiences in Sheffield and online from their local independent cinema.
Published on May 24

Sheffield DocFest 2021 Award Winners

We are delighted to announce the award winners for the 28th edition of Sheffield DocFest.
Published on June 12

Northern Ireland Delegation | Sheffield DocFest 2021

With support from Northern Ireland Screen the Northern Ireland delegation will attend Sheffield to connect with international audiences, co-producers and financiers. Our delegation consists of new and emerging talent alongside well-established documentary makers. Steeped in the challenging journalism and storytelling of Northern Ireland’s history, this cluster of companies and associated producers and directors are making a considerable impact in the international feature documentary arena. Don’t miss our Work in Progress Showcase and Ross McClean’s Untitled Hydebank Film at the MeetMarket.
Published on June 10

Is it for me?

"The whole program is firmly rooted in both historical & contemporary actuality & closely interwoven into the conflicts & contradictions that we are faced with now, thus manifesting cinema both as consolation & a radical platform for change."

Sofie Cato Maas - Senses of Cinema

"One of the best documentary festivals in the world"


“It was great to be able to watch so many documentaries online, at my own pace. I have enjoyed attending the festival in person but as I don't live in Sheffield the online festival allowed me to watch far more documentaries.”

2020 DocFest online viewer

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