• Irish Delegation Reception

    Screen Ireland is delighted to invite you to the Irish Delegation Drinks at Sheffield Doc/Fest. The event celebrates the Irish work screening at the festival and provides the opportunity to meet and network with the Irish delegation of filmmakers in attendance.

    Supported by Screen Ireland

  • 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.

  • Sports Docs with ESPN

    Since the launch of 30 for 30 ten years ago, the series has become one of the premiere brands in all of documentary film. With over ninety documentaries under its belt, including the 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary, O.J: Made in America, ESPN has helped foster a genre that continues to grow exponentially. Join ESPN Films producer Deirdre Fenton and key directors as they discuss the evolution of sports documentaries.

    Speakers to be confirmed soon.

    Supported by ESPN

  • 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.

  • Funding and Commissioning: Short Documentary

    The recent awarding of the second Short Programme BAFTA reflects the establishment of Short Form in the mainstream. Digital platforms are enabling filmmakers to develop commercial relationships directly with viewers, while broadcasters and brands continue to commission shorts. This panel covers the main ways of funding Short Form: commissioning, brand-funding, crowd-funding and self-funding.

  • Marketplace Cafe

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

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation x Guardian Pitch

    Come and hear filmmakers presenting ideas for short documentaries that explore the nature and impact of poverty in the UK, in a way that can open up minds, improve public understanding of the issue and start to shift attitudes towards some of the most marginalised people and communities. JRF and the Guardian are looking to support two short films with funding and global release via theguardian.com

  • Funding and Commissioning: Arts, Music and Cultural Documentary

    What does the future of arts programmes look like in a world where there is more choice than ever? Our panel of commissioning editors will discuss the diverse and creative landscape of arts commissioning, from subcultures to the mainstream, and how to build a loyal and passionate audience as well as draw in new viewers. It will explore the parameters of what we define as art, from music to dance to the visual arts, and look to identify the ingredients that make an arts documentary a success.

  • A Conversation with Jeremy Deller

    Join the Turner prize winning artist Jeremy Deller and Site Gallery Creative Director Sharna Jackson to explore the ability of art and social movements to illuminate the politics of everyday life.

    No pass or ticket required. All events in the Doc/Fest Exchange are free and open to all.

  • Michael Dapaah aka Big Shaq talks….

    Comedian, rapper and all-round sensation Michael Dapaah (aka Big Shaq) will discuss how he gets his message to the masses: whether communicating with his 1.4million Instagram followers, the 325 million viewers of his viral music video Man’s Not Hot, or the hundreds of thousands of fans who tune into his YouTube mockumentary series #SWIL (Somewhere In London)

    No pass or ticket required. All events in the Doc/Fest Exchange are free and open to all.

  • ESPN Drinks

    Following the Sports Documentaries industry session, join the ESPN team for drinks and continued chats about sports docs at Curzon Rooftop.

    Supported by ESPN

  • British Council Drinks

    Come and meet members of the British Council Film Team and the leading international documentary professionals they have brought from around the world to attend this year’s edition of Doc/Fest.

    Supported by British Council

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Living with Robots

    Drawing inspiration from the documentary, Hi, AI, in which humanoid robots work, shop, sing and go to the movies, ethicist Professor Andy Miah, cognitive psychologist, Dr Maria Panagiotidi and Afrofuturist, Florence Okoye, to delve into a world in which humanoid robots become part of our everyday lives. How might this change how we are cared for, how we care for others, and how we live together in the future?

    No pass or ticket required. All events in the Doc/Fest Exchange are free and open to all.

  • Craft Summit Drinks presented by Documentary Campus

    To conclude the 2019 Craft Summit, the Documentary Campus team invites you to mingle with speakers, Documentary Campus Masterschool alumni and this year’s participants.

    Supported by Documentary Campus

  • Northern Docs Drinks

    Northern Docs invite you to this networking event, supported by Creative England, for filmmakers based in the North of England and those who’d like to work with them. The North has a vibrant and growing documentary scene. Northern Docs, based at the University of Bolton, has been established to facilitate opportunities for Northern filmmakers.

    Supported by Northern Docs and Creative England

  • 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.

  • Focus/Shapes That Move: A British State of Being

    Who belongs on this island in the ocean? The thread of identity that relates to Britishness is as divisive as it is unifying, and here we present a selection of films that tugs at some of the frayed edges of the tapestry of nationality - its past and its present.

    This selection is co-curated with Reel Femme, and will be introduced by representatives of South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG).

  • Site Gallery 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 Gallery Square will feature street food vans provided by Sheffield's own Peddler Market, 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 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.

  • Site Gallery 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 Gallery Square will feature street food vans provided by Sheffield's own Peddler Market, 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 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.