Download the 2016 Annual Festival Report
Sheffield Doc/Fest and Documentary Campus teamed up once again to programme a range of talent-talks and panel discussions to reflect the Film and Alternate Realitiesprogrammes and key industry topics of the day. This agenda-setting programme shone a spotlight on all long and short form documentary for all platforms, with insights from over 300 leading directors, producers, commissioners and distributors, exploring the brave new worlds of commissioning, marketing and distribution - from traditional broadcasters to the increasingly important digital platforms offering new funding pots and greater audiences, as well as the disrupting and empowering world of self-publishing. Panels included theatrical documentaries, working with non-profits, branded content, documenting the refugee crisis, working in dangerzones, female trailblazers and zero-carbon filmmaking. Issues facing the industry were explored, including the future of public service broadcasting, both in the UK and across Europe and the implications of leaving the EU for both the UK and European film and TV industries.
Recordings of the Talks & Sessions are made available on the Doc/Fest Youtube Channel.
The 2017 Talks & Sessions programme will be announced in May 2017.
2016 Festival Report
2016 Industry Catalogue
Everything you need to know about the 2016 Festival Programme
2016 Talks Highlights
Celebrated filmmakers and On-Screen talent in conversation at the 2016 Festival
Sir David Attenborough at the 2016 Festival
Sheffield Doc/Fest welcomed documentary giant Sir David Attenborough to the Festival for the first time
2016 Pitch Opportunities & Competitions
Doc/Fest's selection of 2016 pitches and the winners
2016 Alternate Realities Summit
A day of panels & playful presentations from leading voices in interactive factual storytelling & VR.
2016 Commissioning & Funding Sessions
The commissioning & funding panels at Doc/Fest 2016
2016 Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square
A series of free talks presented by the Wellcome Trust
2016 Working with Archive Programme
The Working with Archive programme, supported by Creative Skillset, offers a guided route through Sheffield Doc/Fest, for those working in and with archive.