• BAFTA Masterclass: Asif Kapadia

    The Academy Award and multi BAFTA-winning filmmaker, Asif Kapadia, elevated the art of archive documentaries with Amy and Senna, films which were both critically acclaimed and box office hits. His latest film Diego Maradona, explores the life of one of the world’s most iconic sportsmen. Asif will discuss his own career and inspirations, his filmmaking practise, and his personal connection to his work.

    Supported by BAFTA

  • Meet the Festivals

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

    Join this session to connect with representatives from international festivals and doc markets. Take the chance to ask about programming, submissions, pitching opportunities and festival strategy.

  • Women to the Front: Who do We Trust with Creative Decisions?

    In 2018 a Directors UK report, Who’s Calling the Shots?, revealed that there had been a decline in the number of women directing factual TV. The artistic direction of major film festivals is still largely the privilege of male curators, while the running of commercial aspects are left to their female peers. The industry still broadly entrusts its creative decisions and therefore its taste-making to men. While we strive for diversity on screen, our panel discusses whether the dominance of male programmers and directors still relegates women to the role of right-hand man.

    Seahorse and The Last Watch, both directed by Jeanie Finlay, and Untouchable , directed by Ursula Macfarlane, are all screening at the festival.

    This session will be BSL interpreted.

  • Channel 4 First Cut Pitch

    The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch is back! Once again Channel 4 will be offering five new directors the chance to pitch in front of some of Channel 4’s factual commissioning team and a live audience. One winner will walk away with a commission from Channel 4 for their first 60’ film and one months fully-paid development and mentorship with an indie to support the development of their idea.

    This session will be BSL interpreted.

  • Focus/Shapes That Move: Praise The Lorde

    The great contribution of Audre Lorde's intellectual irreverence to the thinking of her contemporary and succeeding generations was profound. The films explore her influence in Britain, serving as a primer for those who have yet to be introduced to her brilliance, and an homage for those who have.

  • My Big Break

    Pursuing a career in Film or TV can be a daunting experience, and in the early stages of doing so it’s easy to feel that those around us find success with impossible ease. A panel of Film and TV professionals will discuss the highs and lows of their own journeys into the industry, offering insights from their experiences. This year, an inspiring group of women look back on overcoming the obstacles and creating the opportunities that brought them to where they are today.

    Supported by BAFTA

    Your Turn, directed by Eliza Capai, is screening at the festival.

  • The Pit + Q&A

  • Drinks with the Nordics

    Scandinavian Films and Nordisk Panorama are delighted to welcome industry delegates to Ambulo at Millennium Gallery. Join them for drinks and to meet the Nordic talent presenting their films and projects at the festival and the MeetMarket, alongside the Nordic film institutes.

    Supported by Scandinavian Film and Nordisk Panorama

  • Lemebel + Q&A

  • Meet the Sales Agents

    International sales agents can help a film find distribution partners in markets worldwide, often inputting into marketing and festival strategy. In this session, executives from a range of international sales companies will introduce themselves, explain their approach to acquisitions – what they’re looking for – and share examples of films they have recently worked on. Following the presentations, there will be time for delegates to connect with sales agents and exchange business cards.

  • Korean Pitching Day: Part 2

    Korean Pitching Day returns, offering participants of the Korean Delegation the chance to pitch documentary ideas to a host of international decision makers in front of a live audience. The event will feature 10 projects, with each project receiving feedback from key international decision makers and buyers.

  • Opening Night Drinks

    Welcome to Sheffield! We’re glad you’ve joined us. Come along for a drink and a catch up with old friends and new, following the screening of our opening night film: Diego Maradona.

  • The Thai Delegation Pitch

    Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 welcomes the first Thai filmmaker delegation, supported by DITP. Five filmmaking teams from Thailand will pitch innovative documentary ideas to a panel of international decision makers in front of a live festival audience. Each project will receive feedback from international commentators and decision makers.