• Our Planet, Shorts

    Dip into our specially curated series of short films to revolutionise how we might imagine the health of our planet.

    This event is part of the Doc/Fest Exchange programme bringing together a specially curated programme of free talks, films and conversations to revolutionise what makes a healthy planet.

    Supported by Wellcome.

    No festival pass or ticket required. All events at Doc/Fest Exchange are free and open to all.

  • ESPN Drinks

    Following the Sports Documentaries industry session, join the ESPN team for drinks and continued chats about sports docs at Curzon Rooftop.

    Supported by ESPN

  • Alternate Realities VR Cinema: Converging Sensibilities

    Our Virtual Reality Cinema this year is titled Converging Sensibilities. Step into the worlds and lives of others through a curated selection of powerful 360º video projects, presented as a collaborative experience, highlighting racial injustice, sexuality and modernism.

    We are pleased to be presenting it at the Sheffield Hallam Performance Lab. Projects are divided into themes as follows on five bookable playlists:
    Please note that you will need to make an advance booking to be able to attend one of the five bookable playlists.

    Faith & Family
    Hand in Hand: A story of faith and Friendship in Kumbh
    Girl Icon

    Mind & Body
    4 Feet: Blind Date
    Crackle Pop
    Potato Dreams

    Injustice & Courage
    Travelling While Black
    Accused Number 2: Walter Sisulu

    Art & Design
    Bauhaus in Bavaria
    The Dreams of Henri Rousseau

    Climate & Care
    The Curse of Palm Oil
    Le Lac
    The Atomic Tree

    The Virtual Reality Cinema is free and open to all, with advance booking required. These can be booked on the day of the event at the Alternate Realities Box Office on Site Gallery Square. Places are subject to availability.

    If you have any questions, or for booking, please contact the Doc/Fest Box office on boxoffice [at] sheffdocfest.com for information on availability.

  • Craft Summit Drinks presented by Documentary Campus

    To conclude the 2019 Craft Summit, the Documentary Campus team invites you to mingle with speakers, Documentary Campus Masterschool alumni and this year’s participants.

    Supported by Documentary Campus

  • Focus/Shapes That Move: A British State of Being

    Who belongs on this island in the ocean? The thread of identity that relates to Britishness is as divisive as it is unifying, and here we present a selection of films that tugs at some of the frayed edges of the tapestry of nationality - its past and its present.

    This selection is co-curated with Reel Femme, and will be introduced by representatives of South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG).

  • Alternate Realities Talent Market

    The Alternate Realities Talent Market exists to foster collaborations between creatives and organisations focused on using digital technologies to push storytelling in exciting new directions. The Market is for discussing new projects that are interactive, immersive, virtual reality, augmented reality, web-doc, games, 360-video, live performance, motion comic, room-scale experience and/or installation. 25 selected artists and creative teams will be connected with industry Decision Makers from tech companies, funding bodies, NGOs, broadcasters, international festivals, galleries, production companies and distribution platforms for new media.
    This is an invitation only event.

  • Alternate Realities VR Cinema: Converging Sensibilities

    Our Virtual Reality Cinema this year is titled Converging Sensibilities. Step into the worlds and lives of others through a curated selection of powerful 360º video projects, presented as a collaborative experience, highlighting racial injustice, sexuality and modernism.

    We are pleased to be presenting it at the Sheffield Hallam Performance Lab. Projects are divided into themes as follows on five bookable playlists:

    Faith & Family
    Hand in Hand: A story of faith and Friendship in Kumbh
    Girl Icon

    Mind & Body
    4 Feet: Blind Date
    Crackle Pop
    Potato Dreams

    Injustice & Courage
    Travelling While Black
    Accused Number 2: Walter Sisulu

    Art & Design
    Bauhaus in Bavaria
    The Dreams of Henri Rousseau

    Climate & Care
    The Curse of Palm Oil
    Le Lac
    The Atomic Tree

    The Virtual Reality Cinema is free and open to all, with advance booking required. These can be booked on the day of the event at the Alternate Realities Box Office on Site Gallery Square. Places are subject to availability.

    If you have any questions, or for booking, please contact the Doc/Fest Box office on boxoffice [at] sheffdocfest.com for information on availability.

  • Northern Docs Drinks

    Northern Docs invite you to this networking event, supported by Creative England, for filmmakers based in the North of England and those who’d like to work with them. The North has a vibrant and growing documentary scene. Northern Docs, based at the University of Bolton, has been established to facilitate opportunities for Northern filmmakers.

    Supported by Northern Docs and Creative England

  • Site Square

    We are very excited this year to be partnering with Site Gallery and the City of Ideas Consortium to transform the square outside Site Gallery into the festival hub for the Alternate Realities programme.

    Site Square will feature catering courtesy of the Showroom Barbecue, an Alternate Realities dedicated box office for booking projects in the exhibition and VR cinema, and a 360° video dome provided by Igloo, where you can view projects featuring in the VR cinema, so it's a great chance to view any films you weren't able to book onto.

    The Alternate Realities exhibition is free and open to all, with advance booking required for specific projects: the Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences in Site Gallery; the 360 screenings in the Igloo Dome on Site Square; the VR Cinema screenings at the Performance Lab. These can be booked on the day of the event at the Alternate Realities Box Office on Site Square. Places are subject to availability.

    If you have any questions, or for booking, please contact the Doc/Fest Box office on boxoffice [at] sheffdocfest.com for information on availability.

  • Site Square

    We are very excited this year to be partnering with Site Gallery and the City of Ideas Consortium to transform the square outside Site Gallery into the festival hub for the Alternate Realities programme.

    Site Square will feature catering courtesy of the Showroom Barbecue, an Alternate Realities dedicated box office for booking projects in the exhibition and VR cinema, and a 360° video dome provided by Igloo, where you can view projects featuring in the VR cinema, so it's a great chance to view any films you weren't able to book onto.

    The Alternate Realities exhibition is free and open to all, with advance booking required for specific projects: the Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences in Site Gallery; the 360 screenings in the Igloo Dome on Site Square; the VR Cinema screenings at the Performance Lab. These can be booked on the day of the event at the Alternate Realities Box Office on Site Square. Places are subject to availability.

    If you have any questions, or for booking, please contact the Doc/Fest Box office on boxoffice [at] sheffdocfest.com for information on availability.

  • Acme Films presents: Rodney P’s House Party (with special guest DJ Charlie Sloth)

    The Godfather of British Hip Hop (and Acme Films’ documentary presenter) Rodney P is bringing the house party vibe to Sheffield. With Rodney on the mic and DJs Charlie Sloth (Beats 1) and Jordss (Rinse FM, Reprezent Radio) plus guests dropping hip hop, grime and legendary bangers, this is a party not to missed.

  • Igloo Vision Drinks

    Come and visit Site Gallery Square for drinks courtesy of Igloo Vision. It’s a great opportunity to catch-up with people and trends from the world of immersive film and entertainment.

    Supported by Igloo Vision

  • Alternate Realities VR Cinema: Converging Sensibilities

    Our Virtual Reality Cinema this year is titled Converging Sensibilities. Step into the worlds and lives of others through a curated selection of powerful 360º video projects, presented as a collaborative experience, highlighting racial injustice, sexuality and modernism.

    We are pleased to be presenting it at the Sheffield Hallam Performance Lab. Projects are divided into themes as follows on five bookable playlists:

    Faith & Family
    Hand in Hand: A story of faith and Friendship in Kumbh
    Girl Icon

    Mind & Body
    4 Feet: Blind Date
    Crackle Pop
    Potato Dreams

    Injustice & Courage
    Travelling While Black
    Accused Number 2: Walter Sisulu

    Art & Design
    Bauhaus in Bavaria
    The Dreams of Henri Rousseau

    Climate & Care
    The Curse of Palm Oil
    Le Lac
    The Atomic Tree

    The Virtual Reality Cinema is free and open to all, with advance booking required. These can be booked on the day of the event at the Alternate Realities Box Office on Site Gallery Square. Places are subject to availability.

    If you have any questions, or for booking, please contact the Doc/Fest Box office on boxoffice [at] sheffdocfest.com for information on availability.

  • UKTV Networking Drinks

    Join UKTV’s commissioners for drinks at Curzon Rooftop. It will be an opportunity to meet the team responsible for the broadcaster’s growing slate of factual and factual entertainment UKTV Originals and network with festival delegates.

    Supported by UKTV

  • Alternate Realities Exhibition: Subconscious Sensibilities

    Subconscious Sensibilities is the Alternate Realities Exhibition for 2019, showcasing a programme of digital art, powerful interactive narratives and immersive experiences. Installations that test your understanding of truth, immersive stories that highlight injustice and prejudice, talks and events that challenge the documentary form.

    We are proud to be returning to Site Gallery for the Alternate Realities Exhibition 2019. Subconscious Sensibilities will be only the third exhibition to feature in the gallery's main exhibition space since its reopening in September last year.

    Site Gallery is Sheffield’s international contemporary art space, specialising in moving image, new media and performance.

    The following projects will be featured in the Subconscious Sensibilities section of the Alternate Realities Exhibition:

    Projects that can be experienced at any time:
    Algorithmic Perfumery
    Apparatum
    Clit Moi
    Echo
    Interactive Portraits: trans people in Japan
    My Mother’s Kitchen
    Panama Al Brown: A Mysterious Force
    Spectre
    To Call a Horse a Deer

    Projects that require booking:
    Common Ground
    Aftermath: Euromaidan
    Another Dream
    Forest
    Through The Wardrobe

    For further information on this programme, please click here

    The Alternate Realities exhibition is free and open to all, with advance booking required for specific projects: the Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences in Site Gallery; the 360 screenings in the Igloo Dome on Site Gallery Square; the VR Cinema screenings at the Performance Lab. These can be booked on the day of the event at the Alternate Realities Box Office on Site Gallery Square. Places are subject to availability.

    If you have any questions, or for booking, please contact the Doc/Fest Box office on boxoffice [at] sheffdocfest.com for information on availability.

  • MeetMarket

    MeetMarket is one of the world’s largest documentary pitching forums offering documentary makers the opportunity to meet with hundreds of international funders,broadcasters, distributors, and exhibitors. Doc/Fest offers a bespoke way to pitch new projects through match-made meetings between filmmakers and Decision Makers for creative and financial discussions. Projects include features, series and formats in varying stages of development/production. The Marketplace & Talent team will personally arrange more than 1,500 meetings for 62 projects, selected from approx. 500 submissions.
    This is an invitation only event.

  • Doc/Fest Exchange Breakfast

    Breakfast is on us at the Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square. Fuel up for the day on great coffee, croissants, and connect with other Festival attendees. Get there quick – visit Oatly on Tudor Square daily from 10am, complimentary coffee only available whilst stock lasts!

    Supported by Wellcome

  • Here's What Really Happened: Case Study (Filmmakers Only)

    Advance sign up required. A rush queue will be in operation.

    Producer-led case study (1 of 2) with Anne Köhncke (Pervert Park)

    A filmmaker-only session presented in partnership with the International Documentary Association.

    No tweeting. No press. No industry Decision Makers allowed.
    Exclusive to filmmakers, this will be a candid conversation with producers sharing their personal insights into the business and craft of making a documentary. It’s the sort of conversation you may overhear filmmakers speaking quietly about between themselves. Learn what honestly happened behind-the-scenes of a particular case study, including deals made, finance plans and results post-release. It’s personal, it’s intimate, let’s get into it.

  • Doc/Player Lounge

    Doc/Player is a specially curated online film library designed as a platform to promote documentaries seeking sales, distribution, and screening opportunities, and we would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in the line-up of films that we will be making available to industry delegates attending Doc/Fest in 2019. The library will include a selection from the Doc/Fest official programme and a curated programme of new documentaries on a range of subjects.

    This year the Doc/Player Lounge will be situated in Conference Room Two within the Workstation on Paternoster Row.

    Opening times will be 11:00 - 18:00 Thursday through Tuesday.

  • Doc/Player Lounge

    Doc/Player is a specially curated online film library designed as a platform to promote documentaries seeking sales, distribution, and screening opportunities, and we would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in the line-up of films that we will be making available to industry delegates attending Doc/Fest in 2019. The library will include a selection from the Doc/Fest official programme and a curated programme of new documentaries on a range of subjects.

    This year the Doc/Player Lounge will be situated in Conference Room Two within the Workstation on Paternoster Row.

    Opening times will be 11:00 - 18:00 Thursday through Tuesday.

  • Doc/Fest Exchange Breakfast

    Breakfast is on us at the Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square. Fuel up for the day on great coffee, croissants, and connect with other Festival attendees. Get there quick – visit Oatly on Tudor Square daily from 10am, complimentary coffee only available whilst stock lasts!

    Supported by Wellcome

  • Marketplace Cafe

    The Marketplace Cafe is open from 9:00-18:00 Monday and Tuesday and is open to all Festival delegates.