Films from our Official Selection for 2021, along with live streamed talks and Q&As, are available on our Sheffield DocFest Selects platform.
Selects is our video on demand online festival which offers you a curated programme of new films from all over the world, from our Official Selection 2021, across our competitions and strands which include: Opening and Closing Films, International Competition, UK Competition, Special Screenings, Into the World, Rebellions, Rhyme & Rhythm, Ghosts & Apparitions, Northern Focus, Retrospective and DocFest Exchange.
Selects will be available for booking for UK-based audiences from 17 May until 13 June, with most films becoming available to watch for a 72 hour window between 4 - 13 June, or until capacity is reached. Films will be released on the same schedule as their physical cinema screening in Sheffield.
You can access films from our Sheffield DocFest Selects programme in a few different ways:
All the available online films are included in the Online DocLover and are automatically added to your Selects Library at the time of booking. Explore the selection and add your favourites to Your List.
From the scheduled release time of films online, you will have 72 hours to press play on the film(s) of your choice before they disappear.
If you purchased an Online DocLover any included films at the time of purchase will remain available to you to watch within the 72 hour watch period, even if the film sells out.
This pass is available to book until 4 June.
View any available individual feature film, curated shorts programme or live-streamed talk on Sheffield DocFest Selects.
Enjoy Free Films
All films in the online DocFest Exchange programme can be accessed free of charge.
Sheffield DocFest Selects Ticketing Guidelines:
Films are released online following the festival schedule and then most are available for a 72 hour rental window, with some exceptions. All films are subject to a 24 hour watch period which begins when you press play on your chosen film. You can pause your watching then start again within the 24 hour period.
You can rent a film in advance. When it becomes released for online viewing, you have 72 hours to press play on the film from your Selects library, which can be found in the top right ‘Signed In As’ dropdown of any Selects page.
Similar to our physical festival, we expect some films will sell out. There are a limited number of tickets available for each film on Selects. Once a film sells out, it will no longer be possible for viewers to watch the film as a single rental. If you purchased an Online DocLover any included films at the time of purchase will remain available to you to watch within the 72 hour watch period.
Want more information on Sheffield DocFest Selects? Let our FAQ page help.
DocPlayer is our industry-only platform offering access to our Official Selection online - new films from all over the world, from across our competitions and strands: Opening and Closing Films, International Competition, UK Competition, Special Screenings, Into the World, Rebellions, Rhyme & Rhythm, Ghosts & Apparitions, Northern Focus, Retrospective and DocFest Exchange.
Available to Online Industry Passholders, it can be accessed online from Friday 4 June until Sunday 13 June. Films with limited time on the platform will be listed on DocPlayer’s Delegate Resources section.
Passholders will receive an invitation to join DocPlayer on Thursday 3 June if registered before the festival. Afterwards, we will send out login details within 24 hours of your registration. DocPlayer access is non-transferable. If DocFest has reason to believe you have shared your DocPlayer login with non-passholders, we reserve the right to revoke your access.
The best web browser for both PC and Mac operating systems to access DocPlayer is Google Chrome.