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Everyone is welcome at Exchange: Head Space for special talks, films and activity, with a focus on your mental health. Come together for adventures through the mind, surprising new perspectives on life and inspiring conversation.

Supported by Wellcome.


Bringing together a specially curated programme of Talks, Films and Alternate Realities experiences, Doc/Fest Exchange: Head Space is a hub for all on Tudor Square. With special talks, films and activity all about your mental health, come together for adventures through the mind, surprising new perspectives on life and inspiring conversation.

Free and open to all during the day (7-12 June) kicking off at 10am with complimentary tea, coffee and pastries. The Exchange features daytime talks and other activities, and ticketed film screenings in the evening.

Experience DOUBLETHINK a brand new immersive video installation by renowned artists and filmmakers Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth), with music by Warren Ellis (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), written by Stuart Evers, and performed by George MacKay. Created specifically for Sheffield Doc/Fest with support from Wellcome and in consultation with mental health researchers. (Open 12:00-22:00 Thursday 7 June and 10:00-22:00 Friday 8 June to Tuesday 12 June).


Guest speakers include SBTV founder Jamal Edwards, vocal artist Reeps One, 1Xtra DJ Mim Shaikh, director Claire Simon, S-Town host and creator Brian Reed, former political aide and mental health campaigner Alastair Campbell, actor George MacKay and the artists and filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Join them to hear about the inspirations and experiences behind their work.

Celebrate the power of storytelling with special screening and talks including Awe Filled Vision of the World, On the Ground at Grenfell and The Mighty Redcar.

Evening screenings include The Task, Infinite Football, Milford Graves Full Mantis, The Dread, Silvana, América, Time Trial, Young Solitude, The Pain of Others and Ghosthunter.

We welcome Portal back to Tudor Square. A 360° projection dome from Igloo Vision, bringing together selected works from the Alternate Realities and Headspace programmes.  Come together to experience powerful documentary stories from both Alternate Realities Exhibitions: Better Known Truths and World Unknown to You. Or immerse yourself in a series of experiences that focus on divergent portrayals of mental health and mindfulness. (Open 12:00-22:00 Thursday 7 June and 10:00-22:00 Friday 8 June to Tuesday 12 June)

On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June  between 14:00 and 16:00, aspiring and new filmmakers, artists and animators can connect with Alice Ramsey from the BFI NETWORK and Samantha Rifkin from Creative England, along with and Maria Stoneman, Head of Operations & HR at Sheffield Doc/Fest, to find out about how to work in the film and TV industry. No booking or ticket required - simply turn up. 

Join Lord Mayor Magid Magid on his free daily tours to guide you through Doc/Fest. Daily throughout the Festival and starting at 10:00 and 14:00 from the Box Office on Tudor Square, Magid will highlight key festival events and venues with his own local Sheffield knowledge.

And the Exchange Cafe, run by Ozone Coffee Roasters in collaboration with The Depot Bakery and licensed Bar, will offer alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks by Hop Box and there is a line-up of quality street food traders curated by Peddler throughout the day and evenings. (Cafe open 12:00-18:00 Thursday 7 June and 09:00-18:00 Friday 8 June to Tuesday 12 June / bar open 12:00-23:00 Thursday 7 June to Tuesday 12 June)


View the full Exchange programme here or see the full Festival schedule including all the Exchange activity here