• The Brink + Q&A

  • Breaking the Class Ceiling

    In 2018, socio-economic inequality in the television and film industry became National news, when the Panic! report revealed that the industry was becoming less welcoming to talent from working class backgrounds. Much lip-service was paid to improving access in the months that followed, but what has really changed in a year? Our panel of filmmakers and commissioners discuss their experiences of making it in the industry without connections, a trust fund or private school education.

  • Bush, Boobs and Body Positivity with The Slumflower

    Chidera Eggerue preaches her messages of self-love and body positivity to thousands on her blog, The Slumflower, and with hugely successful campaigns like #saggyboobsmatter. Her 2018 debut book, What a Time to be Alone, quickly became a top 10 best-seller and her second book, Scribble Yourself Feminist – a collaboration with illustrator Manjit Thapp – is an interactive and empowering journal addressing #everydaysexism. We welcome Chidera to Doc/Fest for the first time, to discuss her campaigning work and new documentary for Channel 4, which questions our homogenised ideals of beauty.

    Supported by Channel 4

    Please contact us if you have any questions about access at this event:
    E: access [at] sheffdocfest.com
    T: +44 (0)114 276 5141

  • The Lovers Table (Part 1) presented by Kazim Rashid & Lotte Andersen

    Conceived by artist Lotte Andersen and director Kazim Rashid. This video conference invites an interdisciplinary group of thinkers to present an aspect of their practice, be it video, sound or visual sketch. In this instance, work will be shared by Giles Duley, Ayo Akingbade, Sean Frank, Bafic, Ondine Viñao and Kayus Bankole of Young Fathers. Rashid and Andersen will additionally premiere new projects.

  • BBC Interview: Stacey Dooley

    We are delighted to welcome back Stacey Dooley, for this year’s BBC Interview. Stacey’s television career began a decade ago when she brought to BBC3 insightful documentaries exploring domestic violence, drug abuse and child migration. Her first book, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back (2018), draws on her encounters with the brave women featured in her films, and she continues to stare down some of the world’s toughest topics with upcoming films exploring the arms trade and American vigilantism. Stacey will discuss her remarkable career so far, the global themes that her films tackle, and what it feels like to become a household name following her Strictly Come Dancing win.

    Supported by BBC

    Tickets for this talk are also available from Sheffield Theatres

    Please contact us if you have any questions about access at this event:
    E: access [at] sheffdocfest.com
    T: +44 (0)114 276 5141

  • The Light Cinema Free Screen

    Discover our outdoor free screen where we’ll showcase shorts and feature documentaries from around the world. Situated off Howard Street, this is available for the enjoyment of the general public as well as the festival delegates. During the day, we will show shorts covering a variety of themes, and in the evening we will show a feature film. On Monday, the slots will be as follows:

    9:00 - Docsercise 2
    Start your morning right with our daily retro aerobics hour, preparing you for a more advanced reality.

    10:00 - Global Citizens 2
    These films showcase internationality, incorporating filmmakers from all over the world.

    11:00 - Jessica Bishopp
    A focus on the work of Jessica Bishopp, whose experimental films expose the magic in the mundane.

    12:00 - Green Screens 2
    A collection of shorts covering all aspects of our beautiful and complex relationship with our planet.

    13:00 - Random Acts
    A collection of visually arresting shorts from Channel 4’s Random Acts.

    14:00 - Dazed
    A series of shorts from Dazed, covering contemporary experiences.

    15:00 - VICE 2
    A selection of cutting-edge documentaries provided by VICE.

    16:00 - Made in Yorkshire 2
    A selection of films featuring work by local directors and producers.

    17:00 - Women on Screen 1
    A focus on the remarkable work, stories, and talents of women from around the globe.

    18:00 - The Guardian 1
    A collection of informative documentaries from The Guardian.

    19:00 - Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
    Narrated by Jodie Foster, this is a documentary about the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, which explores the heights of fame and financial success she achieved before she was shut out from the very industry she helped create.

  • The Light Cinema Free Screen

    Discover our outdoor free screen where we’ll showcase shorts and feature documentaries from around the world. Situated off Howard Street, this is available for the enjoyment of the general public as well as the festival delegates. During the day, we will show shorts covering a variety of themes, and in the evening we will show a feature film. On Tuesday, the slots will be as follows:

    9:00 - Docsercise 1
    Start your morning right with our daily retro aerobics hour, preparing you for a more advanced reality.

    10:00 - Dazed
    A series of shorts from Dazed, covering contemporary experiences.

    11:00 - The Guardian 2
    A collection of informative documentaries from The Guardian.

    12:00 - NOWNESS
    A series of shorts curated by global video channel NOWNESS.

    13:00 - Global Citizens 3
    These films showcase internationality, incorporating filmmakers from all over the world.

    14:00 - Green Screens 1
    A collection of shorts covering all aspects of our beautiful and complex relationship with our planet.

    15:00 - Access All Areas 1
    These films attempt to increase visibility of disability on screen.

    16:00 - VICE 3
    A selection of cutting-edge documentaries provided by VICE.

    17:00 - Queer Perspectives 2
    A series of films by and about individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, examining the importance of identity and community in the face of oppression.

    18:00 - Made in Yorkshire 1
    A selection of films featuring work by local directors and producers.

    19:00 - Festival Film
    A screening of a surprise feature film from our main programme.

  • The Light Cinema Free Screen

    Discover our outdoor free screen where we’ll showcase shorts and feature documentaries from around the world. Situated off Howard Street, this is available for the enjoyment of the general public as well as the festival delegates. During the day, we will show shorts covering a variety of themes, and in the evening we will show a feature film. On Friday, the slots will be as follows:

    9:00 - Docsercise 1
    Start your morning right with our daily retro aerobics hour, preparing you for a more advanced reality.

    10:00 - Green Screens 1
    A collection of shorts covering all aspects of our beautiful and complex relationship with our planet.

    11:00 - Global Citizens 2
    These films showcase internationality, incorporating filmmakers from all over the world.

    12:00 - Access All Areas 2
    These films attempt to increase visibility of disability on screen.

    13:00 - NOWNESS
    A series of shorts curated by global video channel NOWNESS.

    14:00 - Queer Perspectives 2
    A series of films by and about individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, examining the importance of identity and community in the face of oppression.

    15:00 - Women on Screen 2
    A focus on the remarkable work, stories, and talents of women from around the globe.

    16:00 - Random Acts
    A collection of visually arresting shorts from Channel 4’s Random Acts.

    17:00 - The Guardian 1
    A collection of informative documentaries from The Guardian.

    18:00 - VICE 2
    A selection of cutting-edge documentaries provided by VICE.

    19:00 - Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
    Narrated by Jodie Foster, this is a feature length documentary about the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, which explores the heights of fame and financial success she achieved before she was shut out from the very industry she helped create.

  • Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl

    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

  • Meet the Maker: Muriel Sorbo

    In the third of our Meet the Maker sessions for Converging Sensibilities, our VR Cinema programme, Muriel Sorbo discusses her project, The Dreams of Henri Rousseau, a 360 film in which you step into the Jardin des Plantes in Paris to discover the secrets of painter, Henri Rousseau.

    This session is a chance to see the work and discuss it with the producer who helped create it.

  • Meet the Maker: John Lynch

    In the second of our Meet the Maker sessions for Converging Sensibilities, our VR Cinema programme, John Lynch discusses his project, Crackle Pop, a colourful representation of the phenomenon of synaesthesia.

    This session is a chance to see the work and discuss it with the artist who made it.

  • Meet the Maker: Vikas Pandey

    In the fourth of our Meet the Maker sessions for Converging Sensibilities, our VR Cinema programme, Vikas Pandey discusses his project, Hand in Hand: A Story of Faith and Friendship in Kumbh, a profoundly spiritual journey through the largest gathering of people on earth in India's Kumbh Mela.

    This session is a chance to see the work and discuss it with the artist who made it.

  • Building Blocks

    Barbican Young Programmers alumni T A P E present a screening of music videos in quasi-documentary style, which spotlight the architecture and sub-cultures of different neighbourhoods, cities and countries. Each stands apart in terms of the people, language and story, yet they are united by how places shape and define the individuals that exist within them. Join the curators, T A P E, for screening and Q&A.

    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.

  • The Light Cinema Free Screen

    Discover our outdoor free screen where we’ll showcase shorts and feature documentaries from around the world. Situated off Howard Street, this is available for the enjoyment of the general public as well as the festival delegates. During the day, we will show shorts covering a variety of themes, and in the evening we will show a feature film. On Sunday, the slots will be as follows:

    9:00 - Docsercise 1
    Start your morning right with our daily retro aerobics hour, preparing you for a more advanced reality.

    10:00 - Made In Yorkshire 1
    A selection of films featuring work by local directors and producers.

    11:00 - NOWNESS
    A series of shorts curated by global video channel NOWNESS.

    12:00 - Random Acts
    A collection of visually arresting shorts from Channel 4’s Random Acts.

    13:00 - Women on Screen 2
    A focus on the remarkable work, stories, and talents of women from around the globe.

    14:00 - VICE 1
    A selection of cutting-edge documentaries provided by VICE.

    15:00 - Global Citizens 1
    These films showcase internationality, incorporating filmmakers from all over the world.

    16:00 - Jessica Bishopp
    A focus on the work of Jessica Bishopp, whose experimental films expose the magic in the mundane.

    17:00 - Green Screens 1
    A collection of shorts covering all aspects of our beautiful and complex relationship with our planet.

    18:00 - Access All Areas 2
    These films attempt to increase visibility of disability on screen.

    19:00 - Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
    Narrated by Jodie Foster, this is a documentary about the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, which explores the heights of fame and financial success she achieved before she was shut out from the very industry she helped create.

  • Meet the Maker: Andrea Zimmermann

    In the first of our Meet the Maker sessions for Converging Sensibilities, our VR Cinema programme, Andrea Zimmermann discusses her project, Bauhaus in Bavaria, exploring the last architectural masterpieces of Bauhaus icon, Walter Gropius.

    This session is a chance to see the work and discuss it with the artist who made it.

  • Changing Visions of Home

    Home movies take up a strange space in archives; they offer insight into lives, but are often clumsily made and aimless. This special film programme features archive clips of middle class films of holidays and picnics in the 1950s, video of childhood moments, to the future of mass media in vlogs, to show how style and aims of films have changed in response to technological advancements. Join the curators, Barbican Young Programmers, for screening and Q&A.

    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.

  • A Soft Rebellion in Paradise (Paradise Square)

    Conceived in response to Sheffield’s proud history as a city known for its political activism, and more especially as the city where the UK’s first women’s suffrage organisation was founded in 1851, artist Chloë Brown questions the systematic contemporary and historical silencing of woman’s voices.

    The film was shot on location in Paradise Square, the historical site of many protests, and was produced by an all-female cast and crew.

    A Soft Rebellion in Paradise proposes a powerful invocation, a call-to-arms for the voices of women to be heard.

    The film is 9 mins 41 seconds long and will be screening on a loop throughout the day.

    This is the World Premiere of A Soft Rebellion in Paradise, commissioned by Arts Council England through Sheffield Culture Consortium.

  • We Are Neurodiverse

    What began as an experiment has become
    a movement. Over the past four years 104 Films have been developing new neurodiverse filmmakers in Bristol. Come and marvel at these new films, experience a different way of looking at the world and meet the directors behind them. Join the movement!

    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.