At the core of the Sheffield Doc/Fest’s main programme strands are short documentary compilations. We view short documentary cinema as a vital art form in the ecology of cinema: a space of brevity, emergence, focus and experimentation at just the right length. Our short documentary award is BAFTA and Academy Award qualifying, and many new talents presenting in the shorts selection return to the festival at future stages of their career.
This year’s selection celebrates works under 40 minutes in length with variety from sober and deep journalism to abstract artist’s film, glistening momentarily on Sheffield screens. Here we have listed all shorts programmes at the 2019 edition. Screenings of shorts rarely overlap, so if you love this length you can hit all ten screenings in a six day marathon for the bargain price of a Doc/Lover pass. Book or reserve your tickets early as our shorts programmes often sell out.
Discover new voices and meet the filmmakers at the Q&As of each screening.
If you want to catch this year’s nominees for the Academy Award qualifying Short Award, here are the screening times:
America by Garrett Bradley: Sat 8 June / 17:45 / Oatly Showroom Cinema 2
BLACK TO TECHNO by Jenn Nkiru: Sat 8 June / 21:15 / Showroom Cinema 1
Ghosts of Sugar Land by Bassam Tariq: Sun, 9 June / 16:30 / Oatly Showroom Cinema 2
If You Knew by Stroma Cairns: Sun 9 June / 13:45 / Oatly Showroom Cinema 2
Misericórdia by Xavier Marrades: Sat 8 June / 17:45 / Oatly Showroom Cinema 2
Wild Berries by Marianna Vas, Hedda Bednarszky, Romulus Balazs: Sun 9 June / 13:45 / Oatly Showroom Cinema 2
This line-up traverses road, canal and ocean, wandering through murky London, nocturnal Havana, and frantic Hawaii.
Sunday 9 June/ 13:45 / Oatly Showroom Cinema 2
In these dimly lit documents the act of testimony is diffused through shadows, masks and reflections.
Sunday 9 June / 16:30 / Oatly Showroom Cinema 2
Playful, hard, and vibrant love pulsates through these shorts, each lensed with a unique vision of intimacy.
Doc/Rhythm Shorts 1
The visual record meets the sound, melds with the rhythm it portrays and shakes the cinema screen like the skin of a drum.
Sat 8 June / 21:15 / Showroom Cinema 1
Doc/Rhythm Shorts 2
Each film in this group is a portal to personal worlds, an auditorium resonant with chants for the soul, for identity, for love.
Fri 7 June / 18:30 / Showroom Cinema 1
Doc/Think Shorts 1
Memory and dreams flow, flicker and glitch in these odes to forgotten histories, and moments of encounter.
Sat 8 June / 17:45 / Oatly Showroom Cinema 2
Doc/Think Shorts 2
In these artful tales animal pheromones permeate the anthropocene with beautiful and disturbing scenes of ecological change.
Playful and melancholic frames expand and distort horizons of the real in these short glimpses, each offering new ways of seeing.
Mon 10 June / 14:30 / The Light Cinema 6
These images glow beyond comprehension, from the intimate and familial lens to the abstract cosmos of imagination.
Sat 8 June / 9:15 / Showroom Cinema 1
In these raw scenes of a country in flux, a generation of UK filmmakers question values, flip assumptions, and walk the streets of the here and now.
Sat 8 June / 9:30 / Oatly Showroom Cinema 2