A new partnership between Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield Library and the European-wide AVA Library Project is bringing world-class documentary films to local library members for the first time, available completely free, and on-demand.

The thirteen short and long films on the platform (https://sheffield.ava.watch/) have been selected by Luke W. Moody, Director of Film Programming at Sheffield Doc/Fest: “This is a wonderful opportunity for local Library members to explore new perspectives of documentary filmmaking, whether for a lunch-break dabble, or evening deep-dive. Among the thirteen films is the first-ever documentary about Brexit Britain, Brexitannia directed by Timothy George Kelly, plus award-winning Doc/Fest titles from recent years, including Patrick Bresnan’s The Rabbit Hunt, Egil Haaskjold Larsen’s 69 minutes of 86 Days, and Rati Oneli’s City of the Sun. From peace brokering on the streets of Birmingham (Penny Wookcock’s One Mile Away), to Feminist cyclists tearing up L.A. highways (Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle’s Ovarian Psychos) these films offer through vital stories of passion and pride.”

Available all year at Sheffield Central Library and at home with Sheffield Library membership details, library members simply need to register with their membership details to access some of the very best in non-fiction storytelling, anytime, anywhere.

Films Available on the Platform:

69 Minutes of 86 Days (2017) Egil Haaskjold Larsen
Brexitannia (2017) Timothy George Kelly
City of The Sun (2017) Rati Oneli
El Charro de Toluquilla (2016) Jose Villalobos
Mr Gay Syria (2017) Ayse Toprak
One Mile Away (2012) Penny Woolcock
Ovarian Psychos (2016) Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle
Richard Twice (2017) Matthew Salton
Sound it Out (2011) Jeanie Finlay
Taste of Cement (2017) Ziad Kalthoum
The Rabbit Hunt (2017) Patrick Bresnan
Venus (2017) Faye Carr-Wilson
War Memorial (2017) Steve Hawley


For further information contact:

Sarah Harvey Publicity


+44 (0) 207 732 7790


About Doc/Fest 

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading festival celebrating the art and business of documentary and non-fiction storytelling across all forms. Each year the festival welcomes over 25,000 festival goers, including around 3,500 industry delegates from 55 countries. 

Doc/Fest is a creative space for discovery, debate, collaboration and inspiration. We champion and push forward new talent, ideas and interaction for the future of the industry.  We are an open, inclusive festival, bringing together veteran creatives, new voices and our city to share, shape and question stories of the world we live in. What’s your story? 

The six-day festival and all-year activity consists of events across six programme areas:

FILM – New cinema, film and artist’s moving image 

ALTERNATE REALITIES - Interactive, augmented and virtual reality story worlds

LIVE – Performance, special events, and installations 

MARKETPLACE - Industry, talent, training and pitching 

TALKS – Masterclasses, summits and panels

SOCIAL – Parties and networking

Be part of next year’s festival taking place 6-11 June 2019 in Sheffield, UK. https://sheffdocfest.com/