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2024 Virtual Reality Programme Entries Open

Sheffield DocFest will present a Virtual Reality Programme as part of its 31st edition, which will take place from 12 - 17 June 2024. Entries are now open and will close on Friday 1 March, 12 noon GMT.
Published on January 19

Introducing our 2024 Film Programme Team, Programme Consultants & Advisers

We're thrilled to introduce our 2024 Film Programme Team, and team of Programme Consultants and Advisers, who will who will be selecting films for this year’s edition, set to take place 12-17 June.
Published on January 11

DocFest Programmer Picks of 2023

The Sheffield DocFest Film Programme Advisers share the non-fiction films that made it onto their list of the Top Five Films of 2023! Are any of these films on your list?
Published on December 15

2024 Youth Jury Open for Applications

Our 2024 Youth Jury Programme is open for applications! If you are aged 18-23, based in the UK, and have a passion for documentary and the media industry, this is the programme for you. Apply by 12 January 2024, 12:00 GMT to take part.
Published on November 15

2023 Festival Report

Our 2023 Festival Report is here! In the report, we take a look back at our 30th anniversary edition and reflect on some of the achievements of the festival. Read the full report here.
Published on November 2

Festival Films & Where to Watch Them

Take a look at some of our titles from across the festival that are available to watch online, on TV and in cinemas now, and look ahead to some of the upcoming releases scheduled for the rest of the year. Catch up on your favourites, or tune into the films you missed during the festival!
Published on September 27

Open Call for MeetMarket Preselectors

**Applications are now closed**We are seeking expressions of interest from those living and working in the UK with a minimum three years experience in areas such as film and TV production, film markets/forums, film financing, film fund, film sales, film or TV commissioning to preselect projects submitted for our 2024 MeetMarket.
Published on August 31

Call for Programme Advisers

**Applications are now closed**We are seeking expressions of interest from anyone living/working in the UK who are emerging or established in film programming, filmmaking, criticism, acquisitions, commissioning or development to join our team of Programme Advisers for Sheffield DocFest 2024.
Published on August 2

2024 Dates Announced & Passes on Sale Now

Following on from a successful 30th edition, we're delighted to announce our 2024 festival dates which will run from 12-17 June. Industry Passes are now on sale at the discounted Lightning rate until 4 October.
Published on July 19

Alternate Realities Exhibition Continues...

Our Alternate Realities Exhibition continues at Site Gallery until Sunday 16 July. Free and open to all to attend.
Published on June 22

Your Fat Friend wins Audience Award at the 2023 Sheffield DocFest

We are so thrilled to announce the 2023 Audience Award is presented to Your Fat Friend directed and produced by Jeanie Finlay (USA, 2023)!
Published on June 19

Announcing 2023 Sheffield DocFest Award Winners and an Increase On Delegate Attendance Figures

As our 30th Edition comes to a close, we're thrilled to announce this year’s winners presented during the Awards Ceremony, supported by Adobe, at Sheffield’s Crucible Playhouse on Sunday 18 June 2023. 
Published on June 18

Nobel Prize Winning ‘Novaya Gazeta’ Editor Dmitry Muratov to Attend the Sheffield DocFest World Premiere of 'The Price Of Truth'

We are pleased to announce that Dmitry Muratov will attend the Sheffield DocFest 2023 screening of The Price of Truth, which is followed by an in-person conversation with director Patrick Forbes. The event takes place at Sheffield Crucible Theatre and is supported by Channel 4.
Published on June 15

Programme Changes

Important information regarding changes to events and the festival schedule - please have a read through for the most up-to-date information.
Published on June 14

Roadmaps: Your Guide to Sheffield DocFest 2023

Check out our bitesize guides to help you navigate the festival!
Published on June 14

Your Favourite Memories of Sheffield DocFest

Over the past 30 editions of Sheffield DocFest, we have had the great joy of creating a space for documentary makers and lovers to come together and celebrate the work being done by the industry. Here are some good, heartfelt, and funny times members of the DocFest team, both past and present, have had since we began way back in 1994. We’d love to hear yours!
Published on June 13

Announcing Raul Niño Zambrano as Creative Director of Sheffield DocFest

We are thrilled to announce that following a successful year as Acting Creative Director, our Board of Trustees have confirmed the appointment of Raul Niño Zambrano as Sheffield DocFest’s Creative Director. 
Published on June 13

Sheffield DocFest 2023 Festival Highlights: Our Youth Jury Edition

If you are looking for ideas of what to catch at the 30th edition of Sheffield DocFest, our 2023 Youth Jurors have got you covered. Take a look at their Festival highlights now join us as we are 'Sparking Curiosity' with documentary - and each other - in Sheffield, 14 - 19 June!
Published on June 9

‘The outsider': a film about the forgotten photographer Tish Murtha opens Sheffield DocFest 2023

Murtha died suddenly in 2013, having never received recognition for her photography. But today, she is recognised as one of the most significant artists of her generation. In an article written by Tom Seymour and originally published on The Art Newspaper, Paul Sng, photographer David Hurn, and Simon Bainbridge, the head of content for Magnum Photo Agency shed light on how Murtha’s career began. Read on to learn more.
Published on June 8

Sheffield Film Co-op: The radical feminist collective that blazed a trail in 1970s Sheffield

In an interview with Sheffield Film Co-op members Jenny Woodley and Chrissie Stansfield originally published in the Sheffield Tribune, one of our 2023 Festival Programme Advisors Rachel Pronger digs deep into the collective’s history. Read on to learn more.
Published on June 2

Supporting New Talent During the 30th Edition of Sheffield DocFest

We are excited to announce the filmmakers selected to participate in the Filmmaker Challenge; the four pitches - Channel 4 First Cut Pitch, BBC Storyville Development Pitch, The Whickers Pitch and The Podcast Pitch; along with our 2023 jury members. Join us at our 30th edition of the festival  to ‘Spark Curiosity’ with documentary - and each other - in Sheffield, 14-19 June 2023.
Published on May 31

Announcing our full Industry programme for Sheffield DocFest 2023

We are pleased to reveal our full Industry Programme for the 30th edition of Sheffield DocFest which completes our full festival line up. This year we are ‘Sparking Curiosity’ with documentary - and each other - in Sheffield, 14-19 June 2023.
Published on May 17

Meet our 2023 Alternate Realities Talents

Meet the 8 artists, practitioners, technologists and producers taking part in this year's edition of the Alternate Realities Talent Market, which will take place on Saturday 17 June.
Published on May 16

Amplify: Production Talent 2023 Cohort

We are thrilled to announce the cohort for this year’s edition of Amplify: Production Talent, supported by BBC and Channel 4.
Published on May 16

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