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.

British Council

The UK's international cultural relations body.

The Wellcome Trust

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

The Bertha Foundation

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


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.

European Commission

The European Commission is the executive of the European Union and promotes its general interest.

Creative Skillset

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

Yorkshire Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) provides a range of Savings accounts, Insurance products, Mortgages and more throughout the UK.

Major Sponsors


Canon is a leading manufacturer of high quality imaging technology including cameras and video cameras, lenses, projectors and printers. For documentary filmmakers, Canon can offer video equipment ideally suited to diverse shooting environments, styles and budgets from the professional compact XF and XC series to the powerful Cinema EOS range which offer exceptional image quality and limitless creative control.

Department for International Trade

Department for International Trade 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.

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.


KCA is a public agency working with the Korean government to support and promote planning, producing and distributing of creative and high-quality documentary films in Korea which fit to ever-changing global markets.

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.

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 Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA) was established to nurture and develop the interests of documentary filmmakers in South Africa.

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.

The Light Cinema

The Light offers a dynamic cinema experience in a relaxed and sociable environment, providing luxury seating in every screen and using state of the art technology for big screen entertainment from blockbusters, documentaries to live arts and sports programmes.

Channel 5

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


Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice.


Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 109 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Netflix is proud to support Sheffield Doc/Fest and artists’ voices around the world.

Kenwood Hall

A luxury conference venue and 4 star hotel in Sheffield, Kenwood Hall combines a convenient location and idyllic country setting with its 12 acres of beautiful parklands.

Canadian High Commission

The Canadian High Commission in London provides full consular and passport services to Canadians in the UK.

The Whickers

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


UKTV is a British multi-channel broadcaster, jointly owned by BBC Studios and Discovery Inc.

Boiler Room

Boiler Room is a global online music broadcasting platform commissioning and streaming live music sessions around the world.

Real Stories

Little Dot Studios is a next generation broadcaster and producer. We produce and distribute content on major online platforms reaching millions of viewers every day.

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.

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.

Chile Doc

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

RFC Jordan

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


By delivering immersive experiences for the world’s largest studios, agencies and brands, REWIND leads the way in innovative digital content creation.

Nations and Regions Media Conference

A forum for media professionals, from content creators to commissioners, to examine the prevalent issues presented by industry and policy making stakeholders.

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.

PBS America

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

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.

Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany's public international broadcaster. The service is available in 30 languages. DW's satellite television service consists of channels in English, German, Spanish, and Arabic.


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.’

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.


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

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.

Grierson Trust

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

Immerse UK

Immerse UK is a cross-sector network for businesses and research organisations across all parts of the UK economy that are interested in the way that augmented and virtual reality can help drive productivity, social and economic growth.


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.

University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire is a university in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. The university is based largely in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Its antecedent institution, Hatfield Technical College, was founded in 1948 and was identified as one of 25 Colleges of Technology in the United Kingdom in 1959.

Directors UK

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


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.


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.

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.

Fast Signs

Fastsigns International Inc. (trademarked in all-capitals as FASTSIGNS) is the franchisor of Fastsigns centers which provide custom sign and graphics products.


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.

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.

Exposed Magazine

Exposed Magazine is Sheffield's ultimate entertainment and listings guide featuring music news, events and things to do.


AVA Library

AVA Library - Film Festivals On Demand At Your Public Library

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.


With the support of the European Commission H2020 programme, DDD60 will introduce cutting edge video compression and delivery technology to deliver high-quality VR content to Film and TV professionals.

EFM Berlinale

The European Film Market is the business epicentre of one of the biggest international film festivals in the world, the Berlinale.


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

Joi Polloi

Joi Polloi produces digital work including websites, content and systems that allow people to discover, explore and enjoy through experiences that are straight-forward and delightful.

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.

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.

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.

Tribeca Film Institute

A year-round nonprofit arts organisation, TFI empowers filmmakers through grants and professional development, and is a resource for and supporter of individual artists in the field.