• 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.

  • Focus/Shapes That Move: Films for Rebel Girls: Dream Screens

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    To shine a light forward into the future, we co-present a selection of short films for young people together with Pavilion’s Rebel Art School for Girls – an ongoing arts project fostering confidence, creativity and collaboration between young women in Leeds.

  • 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.

  • Dive: Rituals in Water (Kino Bambino)

    Believing that we all learn to swim while in the womb. Icelandic pioneer Snorri Magnusson has been patiently teaching babies to float and paddle for twenty five years. This buoyant, joyful portrait follows the sensitive Snorri as he lovingly instructs his smiling infant students to dive, sing and even stand upright on his palm.

    TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FROM THE SHOWROOM
    https://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/doc-nights-kino-dive

  • Sky Arts Drinks

    Sky Arts is the UK’s only 24 hour TV channel dedicated to music, arts and culture. Voted ‘Best Specialist Channel’ for the past two years, Sky Arts acquires and commissions original documentaries across a range of genres and continues to look for new and innovative commissions. Please join us for a drink and to meet the Commissioning Editors and team.

    Supported by Sky Arts

  • Switchboard and Surgeries

    Need some advice on how to navigate the international documentary industry and take your project forward? Drop by the Marketplace Switchboard in Cutlers’ Hall. Our Switchboard Mentors, Danielle and Jean-Jacques, are available to offer guidance on packaging your project, intel on industry Decision Makers and feedback on your pitch. No need to make an appointment, drop by anytime 9:30-17:30 on Monday and Tuesday.

  • Shapes That Move Party (Theatre Deli)

    Shapes That Move is a wide-lensed, intersectional feminist focus in our film programme, that brings to the foreground the collaborative power of those who have turned the act of filmmaking into an act of solidarity. Our afterparty, curated by Jade Jackman and Aleksandra Bilic, features a live stream DJ set by Nesa Azadikhah from Deep House Tehran, and live DJ sets from Nadine Artois of Pxssy Palace, Manuka Honey and Sippin' T. There will also be a chill out room featuring films from the curators, Jess Kohl, Laura Kirwan-Ashman + more, plus a genderless nail bar by Fuego Nails.

  • Closing Night Party

    Nobody likes saying goodbye, but alas, it’s that time. It’s your last chance to make those connections you hadn’t had the courage to make before, and dance the night away as we celebrate another year of Doc/Fest.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Scottish Delegation Drinks

    Please join the Scottish Delegation of producers, filmmakers, and Screen Scotland Executives present in Sheffield. Learn more about their films, about Scotland as a first-class place for documentary filmmaking and co-production, and about opportunities to work with Screen Scotland as the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland.

  • Snap Chats: 10 Minute Meets

    The #1 reason delegates come to Doc/Fest is to meet. So let’s do this! Whether you’re looking to find new collaborators for your next film, contribute to someone else’s project, or simply expand your network of doc enthusiasts, get yourself to this mixer. The format is simple: take a seat, chat with the delegate opposite, every 10 mins we’ll ring the bell, move one seat to the left, meet someone new. All Festival delegates welcome.

  • Focus/Shapes That Move: Another Mother

    The role of Mother is one of the most densely overdetermined feminine archetypes. In this pairing of films, we encounter a different view of maternity: one that emanates outwards from subjective experience and gives space to the complexity of what it means to be a woman, a parent, and a human being - all at the same time.

  • BBC Storyville Drinks

    Please join Mandy Chang, Editor of BBC Storyville, Cassian Harrison, Controller of BBC Four and Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three to celebrate the iconic global documentary strand; hear about upcoming films and plans for Storyville on BBC Four and BBC Three, alongside the unveiling of a refreshed new look.

    Supported by BBC Storyville

  • Jawline + Q&A

    This screening is part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at www.filmfeels.co.uk

  • 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.

  • Alternate Realities Preview Drinks

    Join us for the opening of the Alternate Realities exhibition - Subconscious Sensibilities. Enjoy new ways of seeing, hearing and exploring stories and experiences at the new reopened and extended Site Gallery. Join the Alternate Realities and Site Gallery team, along with Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, to raise a glass to innovation in storytelling.

  • Switchboard and Surgeries

    Need some advice on how to navigate the international documentary industry and take your project forward? Drop by the Marketplace Switchboard in Cutlers’ Hall. Our Switchboard Mentors, Danielle and Jean-Jacques, are available to offer guidance on packaging your project, intel on industry Decision Makers and feedback on your pitch. No need to make an appointment, drop by anytime 9:30-17:30 on Monday and Tuesday.

  • Honeyland (Early Doors)

    In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a 50-something woman, trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently maneuvers the honeycomb without netting or gloves. Back at her homestead, Hatidze tends to her handmade hives and her bedridden mother, occasionally heading to the capital to market her wares.One day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and Hatidze’s peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back—not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy. But soon Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.

    TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE FROM THE SHOWROOM
    https://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/docfest2019-honeyland

  • Some Like It Short

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

    Discover how to work with a variety of creative companies and learn about what kinds of short-form documentaries they support. Industry Decision Makers who commission or showcase shorts will explain their editorial focus, style and avenues for collaboration or getting work shown. Have your short doc ideas ready as you’ll be able to pitch them directly to the commissioners following the round-table discussions.

  • Halo Drinks

    You are invited to join Halo to watch the sun go down with a few drinks on Curzon’s rooftop bar. Members of Halo’s team will be on hand to talk docs and offer advice on any post-production queries.

    Supported by Halo