• 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

  • Thai Delegation Drinks Reception

    You’re invited to a networking drinks reception hosted by DITP to celebrate the first filmmaker delegation from Thailand to attend Sheffield Doc/Fest. Meet the renowned filmmakers representing Thailand to discuss possible future collaborations over a drink.

    Supported by DITP

  • 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 Kellen Quinn (Midnight Family)

    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.

  • 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/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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ask a Lawyer

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

    Contracts. Rights. Intellectual property. Co-production agreements. Licencing. Profit splitting. Insurance. Termination clauses. The legal aspects of filmmaking are tricky, but super important to get right. Join this session to be in the room with film industry lawyers who’ll take questions and offer guidance on your legal quandaries.

  • Channel 4 Party

    Come and join the C4 team for chat, dance and a drink...

    Supported by Channel 4

  • ITV Drinks

    The ITV Factual team invites delegates to raise a glass to documentaries at ITV Showroom Bar.

    Supported by ITV

  • Marketplace Cafe

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

  • Budgeting Masterclass

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

    Developing a realistic budget is a vital part of filmmaking but it can be a difficult task. Join producer, Rachel Wexler, as she provides a detailed overview of an independent documentary budget, clarifying the process line by line. It’s a great opportunity to receive comprehensive guidance which will be helpful when preparing your own budgets. Attendees in this session will also receive a downloadable budget template.

    Rachel Wexler has over 25 years’ experience in film and television, principally documentary. Her films have been broadcast in territories worldwide and have won dozens of awards including an Emmy and two Peabody Awards. Rachel also provides training as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Future Producer School, which she devised.

  • 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.

  • Toshio Matsumoto Shorts + Bo Ningen Live

    In this meeting of Japanese psychedelia Doc/Fest presents a chronology of rarely seen seminal short films of Toshio Matsumoto (1931-2017) with a sensory wave of sound from contemporary noise rock band Bo Ningen. From the mechanic rhythm of textile production in his early documentary film work Weavers of Nishijin (1961) to the weaving of frames within frames in video work Engram (1987) Matsumoto's world reverberates with cuts in observation and sound. Bo Ningen’s performance fuses disparate sounds and influences into a fierce, eclectic torrent of grooves.

  • Romantic Comedy

    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

  • Rising Directors Scheme 2019 Showcase

    Second successful year of this ambitious training programme for diverse, emerging TV directors with a burning idea for their first documentary short.
    Run by ITF ScreenSkills and supported by BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 via the TV Skills Fund (TVSF). Our goal is to identify and develop rising non-scripted TV directors.
    Each director was given a budget of £5000 to make a 3 min short guided by mentoring from renowned documentary executive producers and supported with an intensive directors training programme and bespoke industry-led masterclasses.
    For more information or to be involved in next year’s scheme please contact programme director Fiona Thompson Fiona.thompson@screenskills.com or Gilly Cohen Gilly.cohen@screenskills.com