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Announcing our full Public Programme for Sheffield DocFest 2023

We are proud to reveal our full Film programme, Alternate Realities exhibitions, and public Talks for the 30th edition of Sheffield DocFest where we are ‘Sparking Curiosity’ with documentary - and each other - in Sheffield, 14-19 June 2023.
Published on May 10

Announcing 2023 Opening Night Film, Guest of Honour, and one of our headline talks

We are thrilled to announce the Opening Night Film, our Guest of Honour, and one of headline talks ahead of our full Programme Launch on Wednesday 10 May.
Published on April 26

BBC Storyville Early Stage Development Pitch

BBC Storyville is delighted to announce a unique opportunity to pitch to be part of a new development programme at Sheffield DocFest. Storyville is passionate about feature documentaries, telling timely stories from across the world.
Published on April 26

2023 MeetMarket Projects

Explore the 48 international documentary projects selected to pitch at the 18th edition of our flagship pitching forum, the MeetMarket. The event will take place on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 of June 2023.
Published on April 25

Banijay UK Acceleration Bursary for Up-and-Coming Talent

Applications are now closed for the Banijay UK's Acceleration Bursary for Up-and-Coming Talent, which aims to support 35 emerging creatives across the UK television industry to attend the 30th edition of Sheffield DocFest.
Published on April 19

Introducing our 2023 Future Producer School cohort

We're excited for you to meet the 15 creatives who will be taking part in our Future Producer School this year which will be running from April - June.
Published on April 17

Join our Local Advisory Group!

Are you interested in shaping the future of the festival and based in South Yorkshire? Applications are now open to be part of our Local Advisory Group. Apply by Tuesday 25 April 17:00 BST.
Published on April 4

Welcoming Senior Team Members & Alternate Realities Advisory Committee

Welcoming Beccy Ashdown as Talks & Sessions Senior Producer; Lisa Brook as Festival Marketing & Communications Lead; Verity Nalley as Alternate Realities Consultant; and meet our Alternate Realities Advisory Committee, who will be reviewing and selecting projects for our 2023 Alternate Realities Exhibition.
Published on March 16

Announcing our new trustees

Following an open call for applications, we are delighted to welcome three newly appointed members to our Board of Trustees: Stephen Bowen, Lucy McDowell and Zoe Mumba. They will bring a wide-range of expertise to the organisation, across film, funding and development, human rights and law, public relations and technology.
Published on March 16

Volunteer applications open

Interested in volunteering? Want to see how an international film and arts festival works? Join our DocCrew Volunteer Programme. With roles available across all areas of the festival, there's something for everyone. Find out more and get involved.
Published on March 16

The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch is back!

Want to get your new documentary in front of Channel 4? Five new directors will have the chance to pitch their 60' film at the First Cut Pitch at our festival this June and one winner will walk away with a commission. Apply by Sunday 2 April 2023.
Published on March 10

Meet our 2023 Youth Jury

We are thrilled to introduce our 2023 Youth Jurors, meet this year's cohort: Alexandra Judkins, Amanda Daud, Annabel Bai Jackson, Jenny Luisa Barruol and Tymofii Donets. The Youth Jurors will be curating a selection of films for the festival, and will select the winner of our Youth Jury Award!
Published on March 2

Meet our 2023 Future Film Programmers

In collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, we are delighted to introduce this year's cohort of Future Film Programmers who have curated a selection of impactful documentaries centred on a theme of social change. Join us for a free screening of two works from the selection on Wednesday 8 March at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield.
Published on March 1

Introducing our Film Programme Team, Programme Consultants & Advisers

We're thrilled to introduce our 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 14-19 June 2023.
Published on February 20

8 MeetMarket Alumni Films to Watch Online

Each year, 40-50 projects are selected to take part in our MeetMarket; many have returned to screen in our Film Programme; have been selected to screen in international festivals across the world; and have been nominated for, and gone on to win prestigious awards! Take a look at some of the projects that have come through our MeetMarket over the years.
Published on February 17

Future Producer School

**Applications now closed**
Future Producer School, created by Sheffield DocFest and Bungalow Town Productions, has returned! Future Producer School aims to develop industry partnerships and provide industry knowledge and experience to up-and-coming producers that have the ambition to become international feature documentary producers.
Published on January 12

Meet our Leadership Team

As we move forward into the 30th Edition of Sheffield DocFest, meet our renewed leadership team: Annabel Grundy - Managing Director; Raul Niño Zambrano - Acting Creative Director; and Paul Steele - Director of Partnerships and Community.
Published on January 9

Announcing our new Director of Partnerships and Community: Paul Steele

We are delighted to welcome Paul Steele to the recently expanded role of Director of Partnerships and Community. Paul joins Sheffield DocFest in February after a successful decade as the Managing Director of Junction Arts, an ambitious charity and social change organisation in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Published on December 8

Youth Jury: Is it for me?

Aged 18-23, based in the UK, and have a passion for documentary and the media industry? Why not join our Youth Jury Programme? Hear first-hand experience from some of our previous Youth Jurors and find out where the opportunity can take you!
Published on December 7

Join the Sheffield DocFest Youth Jury!

Applications for our Youth Jury programme are open. Now in its 16th year, the programme offers five young film enthusiasts the opportunity to meet film industry experts, select films for the Festival, and choose the winner of the Youth Jury Award announced at the Sheffield DocFest Awards Ceremony!
Published on November 22

Announcing our new Managing Director: Annabel Grundy

Announcing our new Managing Director, Annabel Grundy who will join the Festival in December 2022 in a new joint leadership position, working collaboratively alongside Acting Creative Director, Raul Niño Zambrano.
Published on November 2

2022 Festival Report & Highlights

Our 2022 Festival Report is here! Take a closer look at Sheffield DocFest 2022, and revisit some of our best moments.
Published on September 8

Festival of the Mind

Festival of the Mind takes place across Sheffield from 15 – 25 September. We're pleased to present a selection of three films from our 2022 Film Programme, screening for free at the Spiegeltent on Thursday 22 September.
Published on September 1

Announcing Raul Niño Zambrano as Acting Creative Director for 2023

Announcing Raul Niño Zambrano as Acting Creative Director for 2023; Sheffield DocFest moves to new leadership model and commences open search for Managing Director.
Published on August 17

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