Principal Funders, Sponsors & Partners


The British Film Institute is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive.

Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council is the elected governing body for Sheffield.

Creative Sheffield

Creative Sheffield is the UK's first ever city development company, charged with delivering Sheffield's economic transformation.

Creative Europe Media

A programme to strengthen the competitiveness of the European film, TV and new media industries.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people's lives.

The Bertha Foundation

The Bertha Foundation works with inspiring leaders who are catalysts for social and economic change.

British Council

The UK's international cultural relations body.

Documentary Campus

Documentary Campus provide European documentary producers with tailored training and advice on how to develop their film ideas, unlock funding and reach a large international audience.

The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health.


The largest broadcasting corporation in the world. The BBC produces programmes that inform, educate and entertain.

Channel 4

Britain's most cutting edge, controversial and creative broadcaster of the last two decades.


ITV is the biggest commercial television network in the UK, broadcasting the most talked about television and digital content.


SKY entertain, excite and inspire customers with a great choice of high-quality television in high definition.

Creative Skillset

The industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses in the UK creative media industries.

Screen Yorkshire

For over ten years, Screen Yorkshire has been at the forefront of championing the film, TV, games and digital industries in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Major Sponsors


UKTI work with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner.


BCPF contributes to broadcast content related to the promotion and development of business, and a is non-profit public interest organization that aims to contribute to the development of broadcasting for the good of the public.


KCA expand opportunities for people to use radio and contribute to the promotion of communications in Korea.


The BFI Film Audience Network is a major initiative developed to enable film and events experts to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK, particularly in the areas of specialised and independent British film.

This Way Up

Film Audience Network’s Exhibition Innovation Fund supports projects, ideas, pilots and initiatives that support new models of exhibition across the North, North West and Scotland.



Beijing Documentary Development Association is the first private-enterprise sponsoring documentary association in China, with the permission of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Radio, Film and Television and being kept on record in the Civil Administration Bureau of Beijing.

Halo Post

Halo is an award winning post production facility in the heart of Soho, specialising in all aspects of Film and Broadcast. The combination of experienced producers, creative talent and technical excellence make halo a uniquely adaptable, versatile and dependable post production partner.

Sheffield Hallam

A modern university with a long and proud history, dating from the opening of two 19th century schools which would later become the foundations for Sheffield Polytechnic.

University of Sheffield

A world top-100 university renowned for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of their research-led learning and teaching.


Located in Munich, Germany, Arnold and Richter Cine Technik (A&R) was founded in 1917 and is the largest manufacturer of professional motion picture equipment in the world.

Whickers World Foundation

The Whicker’s World Foundation was created by Alan Whicker CBE to encourage the making of quality documentaries. It continues to use Alan’s legacy to further this vision.

Getty Images

A leading provider of digital media worldwide, creating and distributing a range of assets that help communicators around the globe tell their stories.


Discovery, one of the most widely distributed cable networks in the U.S., is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world.

The Guardian

Guardian News & Media is one of the world's leading news organisations, publisher of the Guardian, The Observer and the Guardian website.

Channel 5

Channel 5, launched in 1997, is a British commercial television network.



VICE is a global media channel focusing on investigative journalism and enlightening videos about everything from world news, travel, art, drugs, politics, sports, fashion, sex, and super cute animals.

Irish Film Board

The Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry, investing in talent, creativity and enterprise.

RFC Jordan

The Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) was established with a vision to develop an internationally competitive Jordanian film industry.


Bibliotheque Music is a production music library aiming to create a library of music, which is accessible and functional, while maintaining authenticity and an attention to detail.

BBC Production Talent Network

The Production Talent Network work with a range of industry groups to spot, attract and retain the best talent.


Ravensbourne is an innovative, industry-focused university sector college, specifying in digital media and design.


Vimeo is video + you. We put your videos first and give you the best ways to share, discover, and be inspired.

Chicken and Egg

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women non-fiction filmmakers, representing a range of diverse experiences and backgrounds, whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

Northern Film School

The Northern Film School is one of the best known film and television schools in the UK, making innovative and award winning films for over 25 years.

Filmlab Palestine

The FilmLab: Palestine is a non-profit company that uses international models of public and private partnerships to effectively promote film art and film culture in Palestine.


The International Broadcasting Trust builds interest and support for global development on TV, on radio and online.

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

PBS America

PBS America offers British audiences multi-award winning and globally respected series including NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and PBS Newshour.

Coaching for Leaders

Experienced coaches working with leaders and teams to manage change, accelerate progress and harness the power of diversity to achieve outstanding organisational results.


Molinare is an award-winning Film and Broadcast post production facility and is one of the most respected and established names in the industry. Recent feature documentary work includes ‘The Confessions Of Thomas Quick’ and ‘Dark Horse.’


Catalyst is a festival of creativity based in Sheffield consisting of exhibitions, public workshops, talks, conferences, performances, installations and a pop-up cinema.

Chile Doc

Chile Doc works to promote the Chilean documentary and strengthening its marketing, inside and outside the country.

Abu Dhabi

Image Nation Abu Dhabi is one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Arabic-speaking world, producing local and international films, documentaries & television content, and is a pan-Arabic broadcaster following the 2015 launch of Quest Arabiya.


Curzon is known as a place to discover other worlds and cultures, or see a different perspective. It’s also a place where the drinks and conversation flow in equal measure, where cinema becomes a memorable experience for a broad range of people.


Nordnorsk Filmsenter AS (NNFS) is a funding body and facilitator for filmmaking in Northern Norway. During the Tromso International Film Festival in January, they arrange the NORTH Pitch. They select 12 documentary projects for a producer meet producer set-up, a two-day workshop and a pitch with international decision makers.

Altitude Music

Altitude Music, consisting of a team gathered from all areas of the music and production industries, are a full-service music and sound agency for content and advertising.

Grierson Trust

The Grierson Trust is a registered charity that exists to promote documentary film making and to celebrate the work of John Grierson.

Journeyman Pictures

Journeyman Pictures is a leading international multi-platform distributor of documentaries

Bournemouth University

BU is home to over 18,000 students and almost 2,000 staff. They contribute over £1 million a day to the local economy, and their research has a global impact.

Schedule 2

Schedule 2 is an eminent UK based Post and Technical Services Company. Curator of Film Libraries.

Directors UK

Directors UK is the single voice for British film and television directors, representing their creative, economic and contractual rights.

Just So

Just So is a hybrid creative and production agency working with premium and luxury brands, creating campaigns with cultural impact that move, entertain and stay with people.


Dogwoof is the leading UK film distributor for social issue films and documentaries.


BAFTA supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image.

Film Kontakt Nord

Filmkontakt Nord is dedicated to the promotion of Nordic Shorts and documentaries internationally, strengthening the Nordic-international and professional network.


NERD TV is a television production company specialising in documentaries and factual formats that are daring, distinctive, deeply engaging and built to last.

Bertha Dochouse

Bertha Dochouse is the UK’s very first dedicated documentary centre, aiming to celebrate the depth and breadth of the documentary form as well as nurturing and educating new filmmaking talent.


WorldView, a project of the Public Media Alliance, funds content development for global documentaries and multimedia.

Fast Signs

Fast Signs is the sign industry's leading franchise, where sign and graphic solutions are made simple.


An internationally renowned car rental company offering services in over 4,000 locations across 105 countries worldwide.


CineSend is a web app for filmmakers to distribute their films and find audiences worldwide.

Curve Media

Curve Media is a TV production company specialising in Factual & Factual Entertainment programming, committed to creating high-quality entertaining programming for the world’s best broadcasters.

Media Partners

Screen International

Screen is the International voice of the film business.


The only weekly magazine for the TV and radio industry, delivering all the latest news.


The only international magazine devoted exclusively to the non-fiction film and television industries.

Now Then

Now Then is a platform for independent art, trade, music, writing and local news.

shooting people

A community of 37,000+ filmmakers who share their resources, skills and experience.


Monthly magazine for producerS and all those who commission, create or deliver moving image content for television, film, commercials, digital applications and corporate communication


An international publishing company specialising in worldwide television and media business information.

BBC Radio Sheffield

News, music and great conversation for South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.


Bungalow Town Productions

Emmy Award winning producers of unique documentaries for worldwide audiences

Creative Access

Creative Access is looking for talented young people from Black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic backgrounds to fill paid internship places at many of the UK’s top media organisations.

Cross Video Days

A leading European digital content market featuring panels, workshops, keynotes and pitching sessions, capturing market trends and discovering the very finest of international digital, interactive and multiplatform creation.

Danish Film Institute

The Danish Film Institute is the national Danish agency responsible for supporting and encouraging film and cinema culture, and for conserving these in the national interest.


The Documentary Filmmakers Group - DFG - is the national organisation working to promote documentary filmmaking talent and innovation in the UK.


DIAS_ is a digital design studio committed to positive change. They make digital goodness for like minded organisations and brands.


Docudays UA is an annually held, International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

Eye International (Netherlands)

EYE is internationally acclaimed for its knowledge of and expertise in the field of film restoration, research, and education.

Festival Scope

Festival Scope is the online platform for film professionals only, allowing programming of selected festivals around the world to be viewed online on demand.

Finnish Film Foundation

The Finnish Film Foundation supports and promotes the Finnish film industry by funding professional film production and the exhibition and distribution of films.


The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide, promoting the study of German abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange.


The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution.


IMCINE is the decentralized public agency that promotes the development of the national film industry through production support, encouragement creators, industrial development and promotion, distribution, diffusion and dissemination of Mexican cinema.

Institut Francais

The Institut Français du Royaume-Uni also known as Institut français UK is the premier cultural institute representing France in the United Kingdom.

Magic Lantern

Magic Lantern Film Club is a community pop-up cinema in Sheffield dedicated to showing good films in local community spaces and unusual places.

Norwegian Film Institute

The Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) operates under the auspices of The Royal Norwegian Ministry for Culture and is the government’s civil executive body for the film sector and its advisor in questions of film policy.

Off The Shelf

Off The Shelf is Sheffield's annual festival of words. It is one of the UK’s most popular and exciting events attracting some of the best known names in literature and the media.

Our Favourite Places

Planning a trip to Sheffield? Take a look at Our Favourite Places, the Sheffield city guide with a creative heart.


The first Friday & Saturday of every month, Peddler showcases a fresh line-up of Britains best street food traders, alongside top-notch craft beers, freshly made cocktails, live music and art in Sheffield.

Polish Cultural Institute

The Polish Cultural Institute is dedicated to nurturing and promoting cultural ties between the United Kingdom and Poland.

Scottish Doc Institute

Scottish Documentary Institute is an internationally recognised documentary research centre based at Edinburgh College of Art/University of Edinburgh specialising in documentary training, production and distribution.

Sheffield Culture Consortium

Developing culture in Sheffield


Showroom Workstation is a unique organisation in the UK. Crossing from public engagement through its film programme through to working within the film industry as a partner in the BFI Film Audience Network, it also provides a home for many of Sheffield's Creative and Digital businesses.

Site Gallery

Site Gallery is Sheffield’s leading international contemporary art space, supporting artists specialising in moving image, new media and performance.

Sundance Institute

Originally founded by Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, Sundance Institute has always provided a space for independent artists to explore their stories free from commercial and political pressures.

Swedish Film Institute

The Swedish Film Institute was founded in 1963 to support and develop the Swedish film industry. The institute is housed in the Filmhuset building located in Gärdet, Östermalm in Stockholm.

Tribeca Film Institute

A 501(c)(3) year-round nonprofit arts organization, TFI empowers filmmakers through grants and professional development, and is a resource for and supporter of individual artists in the field.


Über thinks its digital department may actually be made in binary. They eat, sleep and drink digital then regurgitate it into information the rest of us can understand.

Women Make Movies

WMM has become the largest distributor of films by women in the world.


Women in Film & TV (UK) is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, and part of an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide.


X8 is a European based agency that helps businesses and organisations express their value through digital and interactive experiences.