Opening Night Film: Queerama

+ Q&A and live performance from John Grant

Friday 09 June / 19:30 (doors 18:30) / Sheffield City Hall

We are delighted to open the Festival with the world premiere of Queerama with a performance by the extraordinary singer-songwriter John Grant. 50 years after decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, director Daisy Asquith mines the jewels of the BFI archive to take us into the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women in the 20th century. 

Tickets available with the Festival Pass subject to capacity – look out for your RSVP email. Click here for Public Tickets.


Queerama Opening Night Party

Friday 9 June / 21:45 - 01:00 / City Hall Ballroom

Following the World Premiere of our 2017 Opening Night Film Queerama, which documents the UK’s rollercoaster journey towards sexual equality, join us as we celebrate the progress that’s been made, and acknowledge the work that still remains. Catch up with Doc/Fest friends old and new, and celebrate queer culture with music from Nag Nag Nag LGBTQ+ club night legend Jonny Slut on decks. 


Spookers: Fright Night

Saturday 10 June / 19:00 - 22:00 / Abbeydale Picture House

 Get ready for the fright of your life as we transform a 1920s picture palace into a terrifying cavern of thrills. Will you make it out alive? Join us for an interactive, immersive cinema experience to coincide with the European Premiere of Spookers which follows a group of performers in the southern hemisphere’s largest ‘scream park’. Not suitable for children or the faint of heart.




Saturday 10 - Monday 12 June / Various times / Theatre Delicatessen

DOOM ROOM is a boundary-defying VR experience and live performance. In the depths of an abandoned department store, you are invited to put on a blindfold and begin a guided meditation where you are transported to the afterlife. Part technological wizardry, part heart-stopping live event, this Alternate Realities special event is not to be missed. Click here for tickets and times.

Risk + Discussion

Saturday 10 June / 21:15 / Bertha DocHouse Showroom 4

The UK Premiere of Laura Poitras’ revealing new work followed by a special Q&A. Filmed over six years, Poitras brings viewers closer than they have ever been before to Julian Assange and those who surround him. Risk is a portrait of power, principles, betrayal, and sacrifice when the stakes could not be any higher. From the director of the Academy Award-winning CITIZENFOUR.


Resisdance: Saturday Night Party

Saturday 10 June / 22:00 / 02 Academy Sheffield 

Extraordinary elections are rocking the world. Liberal snowflakes and ‘nasty women’ unite and embrace your inner riot grrrl for a night of drinks, dancing, and DIY culture. Cate Le Bon is on the decks providing the post punk vibes, along with a live performance from badass scream queens Skinny Girl Diet. There'll also be badge and protest banner making to get you in the mood for a riot. 


Whitney "Can I Be Me" + Q&A

Sunday 11 June / 18:15 / Bertha DocHouse Showrooom 4

Notorious British director Nick Broomfield joins us for an extended Q&A after the European Premiere of his latest film. Whitney Houston was a sure thing, or as sure as the music industry had ever seen. A transcendent talent with pedigree and mentorship to match, she was going to be the greatest female vocalist ever. For a time she was, and then she all-too-publicly fell short.


Special Preview: ‘8 Minutes’ Performance, Alexander Whitley Dance Company

Monday 12 June / 18:45 /The Octagon Centre

Doc/Fest is thrilled to present a Special Preview of 8 Minutes, allowing privileged access to Alexander Whitley’s work-in-progress ahead of its Sadler’s Wells, London World Premiere. This multi-media event draws inspiration from the images and data of solar science research to explore the spectacular forces at work in the universe and illuminate our relationship with the star that gives us life. 8 Minutes features a stunning installation of high-definition imagery from BAFTA award-winning visual artist Tal Rosner, and a specially created score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl. This full-length performance is set to ignite our imaginations through dance, film and music.

Image courtesy of Johan Persson Design Joe Walkling

Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul + Discussion

 Tuesday 12 June / 18:30 / Leadmill

An evening with one of the city’s wildest souls. Sheffield-born soul singer Joe Cocker is the gifted yet troubled subject of John Edginton’s latest documentary that tracks the star’s musical career and difficult journey to sobriety. With live acoustic performances, this is a unique opportunity to see Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul within the iconic Leadmill where he frequently performed.


Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards Ceremony

Tuesday 13 June / 20:00 - 21:30 / Crucible Theatre

As Doc/Fest’s 2017 Edition draws to a close, we honour the very best of the Festival, including the reveal of our Audience Award winner as chosen by you. This year we’re thrilled to welcome BBC Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards as our host.

The Great Get Together Inspired by Jo Cox
+ Jo Cox: Death of an MP + Discusion

Wednesday 14 June / 17:00 / Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square
Screening: 19:00 / Bertha DocHouse Showroom 4

The Great Get Together inspired by Jo Cox:

Join us in celebrating the life of Jo Cox on the closing evening of the festival. From 5pm on Tudor Square, ticketholders to the film ‘Jo Cox: Death of an MP’ can come together for complimentary cake (other refreshments on offer), and, additionally, a performance by the Sheffield Socialist Choir, for everyone in Tudor Square. At 6:30pm we invite ticket holders to walk to the Showroom Cinema for the 7pm screening of Jo Cox: Death of an MP, followed by a discussion about Jo’s legacy. 
Be inspired by our Doc/Fest activity to host your own Great Get Together on 16th-18th June when the Jo Cox Foundation leads a national celebration of what we have in common www.greatgettogether.org
Come together in Showroom Bar after the screening to mark the end of the festival and new beginnings.