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!



Marketplace Drinks

17:00–18:30 / Main Hall, Cutlers’ Hall

Rounding off the Marketplace Summit and kicking off a new week of industry activity, Marketplace Drinks offers an opportunity to get to know Decision Makers and fellow documentary makers better. The event welcomes everyone involved in the Marketplace Summit, MeetMarket, Alternate Realities Talent Market, Doc/Player and all Marketplace initiatives. The Marketplace & Talent team will be present so do come by for a drink, say hello and tell us about your documentary projects – we’re here to help get them made!

Festival pass holders only


British Council Drinks

18:00–19:30 / Tamper Sellers Wheel

Come and meet members of the British Council Film Team and the leading international documentary professionals they have brought from around the world to attend this year’s edition of Doc/Fest.

Festival pass holders only



ESPN Drinks

18:30–20:00 / Curzon Rooftop

Following the Sports Documentaries industry session, join the ESPN team for drinks and continued chats about sports docs at Curzon Rooftop.

Festival pass holders only



Grierson Trust New Talent Drinks

18:30–20:00 / Winter Garden

Come and join the members of The Grierson Trust board for a convivial get together and the opportunity to meet the talented young trainees who are part of the 2019 Grierson DocLab.

Festival pass holders only


Meet the Alternate Realities Artists x Creative England Drinks

19:00–20:30 / Site Gallery Cafe

Directly following the Alternate Realities Summit, join the Sheffield Doc/Fest team, Creative England and fellow delegates for a chance to carry on the discussions from the Summit and meet the artists from this year’s Alternate Realities Exhibition.

Festival pass holders only


Sky Arts Drinks

19:30–21:00 / Ambulo at Millennium Gallery

Sky Arts is the UK’s only 24 hour TV channel dedicated to music, arts and culture. Voted ‘Best Specialist Channel’ for the past two years, Sky Arts acquires and commissions original documentaries across a range of genres and continues to look for new and innovative commissions. Please join us for a drink and to meet the Commissioning Editors and team.

Festival pass holders only


BBC Storyville Drinks

20:30–22:00 / Tamper Sellers Wheel

Please join Mandy Chang, Editor of BBC Storyville, Cassian Harrison, Controller of BBC Four and Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three to celebrate the iconic global documentary strand; hear about upcoming films and plans for Storyville on BBC Four and BBC Three, alongside the unveiling of a refreshed new look.

Festival pass holders only



Shapes That Move: The Party

22:00–02:00 / Theatre Deli / £5

Shapes That Move is a wide-lensed, intersectional feminist focus in our film programme, that brings to the foreground the collaborative power of those who have turned the act of filmmaking into an act of solidarity. Our afterparty, curated by Jade Jackman and Aleksandra Bilic, features a live stream DJ set by Nesa Azadikhah from Deep House Tehran, and live DJ sets from Nadine Artois of Pxssy Palace, Manuka Honey and Sippin' T. There will also be a chill out room featuring films from the curators, Jess Kohl, Laura Kirwan-Ashman + more, plus a genderless nail bar by Fuego Nails.

Open to all


Acme Films presents: Rodney P’s House Party (with special guest DJ Charlie Sloth)

22:00–02:00 / DINA

The Godfather of British Rap (and Acme Films’ documentary presenter) Rodney P is bringing the house party vibe to Sheffield. With Rodney on the mic and DJs Charlie Sloth (Beats 1) and Jordss (Rinse FM, Reprezent Radio) plus guests dropping hip hop, grime and legendary bangers, this is a party not to missed.

Festival pass holders only