This year Sheffield DocFest announced a UK Competition as part of an ongoing commitment to nurture and launch home-grown films. This is a selection of independent films that bring unique perspectives, and whose filmmakers contribute in rich ways to the future UK and international film landscape. Some are shot here: from the mountains of Cromarty, down to South London, via the streets of Toxteth in Liverpool and the banks of the River Severn. Some are set abroad: New York in the USA, the Ecuadorian Amazon, and on a pilgrimage through Iraq, while another takes us into outer space. Here, there is great diversity in subject and style, length and form. Although each film is crafted in very different ways, they have in common a distinctiveness of voice.