Principal Partners, Funders and Sponsors


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.

Creative Sheffield

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

Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council is the elected governing body for Sheffield.

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.

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 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.

The Wellcome Trust

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

Creative Skillset

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

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.

British Council

The UK's international cultural relations body.

The Guardian

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

University of Sheffield

One of the UK's leading universities.

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.

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.

South African Indies

The delegation will be taking advantage of the many programmes there including the Meet Market and making the most of the South Africa UK season which kicked off this year.

Creative England

Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media.


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.

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.

ITN Source

ITN Source is the gateway to an incredible source of inspirational and iconic creative moving imagery captured over three centuries.


RFC Jordan

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


MUBI is a curated online cinema bringing you cult, classic, independent, and award-winning movies.


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

BBC Production Talent Network

The Production Talent Network has teams across the UK, to spot, attract and retain the best talent.

Influence Film Club

Influence Film Club is an online platform that engages new audiences around documentaries by facilitating small film groups. They also provide grants and investment to help fund documentary projects.


Indiegogo is a way for people all over the world to join forces to make ideas happen.


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.’

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.


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

Northern Film and Media

Northern Film & Media is a screen-based media and creative development agency committed to driving film, TV and digital arts projects.

PBS America

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

Sandford St Martin Trust

The Sandford St Martin Trust promotes thought-provoking, distinctive programming that engages with religion of all faiths, ethics or morality.

BFI Academy and Showroom

The Showroom is a unique cultural hub situated in the heart of Sheffield – one of Europe’s largest independent cinemas paired with the longest-running creative business centre in the city.


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

Film London

Film London is a film and media agency that connects ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture for London.

Whickers World Foundation

AP Archive

AP Archive is the film and video archive of The Associated Press – the world’s largest and oldest news agency.

Grierson Trust

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


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.

Journeyman Pictures

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


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

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.

London Film Academy

London Film Academy is an exciting and innovative venture in practical film training based in one of the world’s leading film capitals.

Directors UK

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


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

Focal International

The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International Ltd provides excellent networking and marketing opportunities for content industry professionals.

Bridgeman Art Library

Bridgeman Footage is a premier destination for Art, History and Cultural footage.

Nordisk Panorama

Nordisk Panorama is dedicated to international promotion of Nordic short films and documentaries.


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


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

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.

Fast Signs

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

Tyneside Cinema

Newcastle upon Tyne's independent cinema, screening the best films from all over the world.


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


Media Sponsors


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

shooting people

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


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


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.


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


Aesthetica combines dynamic content with compelling critical debate, exploring the best in contemporary art and culture.


Women Make Movies

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


Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. Since launching in 2009, more than 3.9 million people have pledged over $576 million, funding more than 39,000 creative projects

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.


DocHouse was formed to support and promote documentary in the UK.

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 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.

East Silver

East Silver is the first documentary market dedicated exclusively to Central and Eastern Europe.


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.


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

Production Managers Association

The PMA is a networking association made up of experienced Production Managers and Line Producers giving each other professional support for the last 21 years.

German Producers Alliance

The GPA represents the major part of all German production companies working in animated film, documentary, feature film, TV drama, TV entertainment & advertising film production.


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


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.


Industry leading providers of data recovery for hard drives, memory sticks, servers & virtual machines throughout the UK. If your data backup fails, just call 0800 999 3282 and get your data back fast.

Screen International

Screen is the International voice of the film business.

Site Gallery

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

Cork Film Festival

Cork Film Festival, Ireland's oldest festival, is an eclectic mix of films, music and ideas.

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.

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.


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

Serpentine Galleries

Championing new ideas in contemporary art since it opened in 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions of 2,263 artists over 45 years, showing a wide range of work from emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists and architects of our time.

Our Favourite Places

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


Forma Arts is one of Europe’s leading creative producing agencies, working with British and international artists to develop and deliver new projects across the world.

Goethe Institut

The Goethe-Institut London promotes international cultural cooperation by organising a broad variety of events to present German culture.