Doc/Fest’s parties and receptions are the essential events in the industry calendar for bringing the documentary family together, with the chance to meet new collaborators over a drink and on the dance floor. You never know who you’ll meet...


Doc/Fest Exchange Breakfast

10:00-11:00 / Doc/Fest Exchange

Breakfast is on us at the Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square. Fuel up for the day on great coffee, croissants, and connect with other Festival attendees. Get there quick – visit Oatly on Tudor Square daily from 10am, complimentary coffee only available whilst stock lasts!



Craft Summit Drinks presented by Documentary Campus

17:00-18:00 / Town Hall Lobby

To conclude the 2019 Craft Summit, the Documentary Campus team invites you to mingle with speakers, Documentary Campus Masterschool alumni and this year’s participants.

Festival pass holders only



University of Stirling Drinks

17:30-19:00 / Curzon Rooftop

Kick off your Saturday night with drinks courtesy of the production team from the University of Stirling. Find out more about their new factual television Masters, their one day Festival of Factual TV in October and meet staff and students in the fabulous Curzon Rooftop bar.

Festival pass holders only


Northern Docs Drinks

18:00–19:30/ Ambulo at Millennium Gallery

Northern Docs invite you to this networking event, supported by Creative England, for filmmakers based in the North of England and those who’d like to work with them. The North has a vibrant and growing documentary scene. Northern Docs, based at the University of Bolton, has been established to facilitate opportunities for Northern filmmakers.

Festival pass holders only



Igloo Vision Drinks

18:30-20:00 / Site Gallery Square

Come and visit Site Gallery Square for drinks courtesy of Igloo Vision. It’s a great opportunity to catch-up with people and trends from the world of immersive film and entertainment.

Festival pass holders only


Scottish Delegation Drinks

19:00-20:30 / Winter Garden

Please join the Scottish Delegation of producers, filmmakers, and Screen Scotland Executives present in Sheffield. Learn more about their films, about Scotland as a first- class place for documentary filmmaking and co-production, and about opportunities to work with Screen Scotland as the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland.

Festival pass holders only



Meet the Filmmakers Drinks

20:00–21:30 / Tamper Sellers Wheel

The Doc/Fest film programme team welcome you to gather at Tamper, where you can raise a glass or two to the talented directors and producers behind this year’s film programme. Share stories, share a drink, and share the rest of your week with these awesome documentary makers.

Festival pass holders only


WHAM! British Tropical Summer Party at the Doc Society Clubhouse

21:00–02:00 / DINA

Back by popular demand!... Let me take you to the place where membership’s a smiling face... brush shoulders with the (documentary) stars. Where strangers take you by the hand and welcome you to their (British) wonderland from beneath their Panamas. Club Doc Soc drinks are cheap, fun and there’s enough sunshine for everyone. All delegates welcome, arrive early for a cocktail on the house. Suntan not included.

Festival pass holders only


The Lovers Table (Part 2): Presented by 4:3 x Sheffield Doc/Fest

22:00–02:00 / Hope Works / £10

4:3 and Sheffield Doc/Fest are proud to present Part 2 of The Lovers Table; The Lovers Party. Join us in celebration of love and resistance, featuring Prestige Pak, Louise Chen and Boiler Room DJs. Part 1 of The Lovers Table is hosted in the Crucible Theatre.

Open to all