• Alternate Realities VR Cinema: Converging Sensibilities

    Converging Sensibilities is the Alternate Realities Virtual Reality Cinema for 2019, allowing you to 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 this year to be presenting our Virtual Reality Cinema at the Sheffield Hallam Performance Lab. Projects are divided into themes as wide-ranging as 'Family and Faith', 'The World of the Artist' and 'Racial Injustice', and by booking onto specific themes you will see 2 or 3 projects within a grouping.

    The programme consists of the following films that have been curated in to 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
    Traveling 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

    For further information on this programme, please click here

    All projects are free but require booking.

    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.

  • Alternate Realities VR Cinema: Converging Sensibilities

    Converging Sensibilities is the Alternate Realities Virtual Reality Cinema for 2019, allowing you to 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 this year to be presenting our Virtual Reality Cinema at the Sheffield Hallam Performance Lab. Projects are divided into themes as wide-ranging as 'Family and Faith', 'The World of the Artist' and 'Racial Injustice', and by booking onto specific themes you will see 2 or 3 projects within a grouping.

    For further information on this programme, please click here

    All projects are free but require booking.

    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.

  • Craft Summit: Short and Smart

    What are the aesthetics of filmmaking using smartphones? Is the way we make documentaries changing fast enough to adapt to the ways people are viewing them? Filmmakers coming at short filmmaking from different perspectives will talk about their own work, how the equipment they use changes what they can make, and how the way they make their films helps in finding their audience.

  • Cinema and State: Developing Policy Frameworks for Feature Docs

    UK film policy is almost entirely geared towards fiction, while the unique challenges facing the documentary sector are overlooked. It’s high-time the UK had a bespoke policy framework to support its documentary makers. What kinds of interventions are needed? How should they be developed? This session invites panelists and audience members alike to collectively brainstorm demands to better meet the needs of theatrical docs. The session is part of ‘UK Feature Docs’, an AHRC-funded study of the UK’s feature-length film industry.

    Supported by UWE

  • 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.

  • D E E P Live

    D E E P is a compilation of experimental shorts, web videos, and art pieces unearthed from the darker side of the internet, curated by filmmaker Chris Osborn. This year, Doc/Fest is proud to present a special IRL presentation of new, mindbending D E E P shorts that blur the line between narrative and nonfiction.

    The selection includes:

    Mat Dryhurst, Holly Herndon - “Eternal” - USA
    Micaela Durand & Daniel Chew, first (2019)
    Joe Stankus, I’ve Never Been A Fisherman (2018) - USA
    Karissa Hahn, Please Step Out Of The Frame (2018) - USA
    Marnie Ellen Hertzler, Hi I Need To Be Loved (2018) - USA
    Annelise Ogaard, The Body Heals (2017) - USA
    Ja’Tovia Gary, Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE) (2017) - USA
    Christopher Radcliff, Lost Episode (2019) - USA
    John Wilson, The Road To Magnasanti (2017) - USA

  • 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.

  • Gee, Adam
    Gee, Adam

    Commissioning Editor, Red Bull Media House

  • Sng, Paul
    Sng, Paul

    Director/Producer, Velvet Joy Productions

  • University of Stirling Drinks

    Kick off your Saturday night with drinks courtesy of the production team from the University of Stirling. Find out more about their new factual television Masters, their one day Festival of Factual TV in October and meet staff and students in the fabulous Curzon Rooftop bar.

    Supported by University of Stirling