Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading festival and marketplace, celebrating, sharing and debating the stories of our time, through documentary and non-fiction storytelling.

In 2019, Doc/Fest welcomed 28,000 general public admissions, and 3,489 individual industry delegates from 59 countries to Sheffield.

Doc/Fest is a creative space for discovery, collaboration and inspiration. We champion and push forward new talent, ideas and interaction for the future of the industry. We are an open, inclusive festival, bringing together veteran creatives, new voices and our city to shape and question stories of the world we live in.

The six-day festival and all-year activity consists of events across five programme areas:
FILM – Premieres of new cinema from around the globe
LIVE EVENTS - live, interactive and immersive experiences and performances
ALTERNATE REALITIES - Digital art exhibition and virtual reality cinema
TALKS – Masterclasses, summits, panels and debates
MARKETPLACE - Industry, talent, training and pitching
SOCIAL – Receptions and parties, for work, play, and dance

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020 will take place 4-9 Jun.


Film Programme

The Sheffield Doc/Fest Film programme offers filmmakers an essential platform to launch their films at one of the world’s leading documentary festivals, and allows audiences to experience these first through World, International, European and UK premieres. The festival screens over 180+ films – features and shorts – with the 2019 programme encompassing works from 50+ countries around the world, 54% of which was co/directed by women.

Sheffield Doc/Fest looks to push the boundaries of documentary through a carefully curated programme that sets trends, responds to hot topics and sparks debate. The festival invites audiences to witness windows into other people’s worlds and to meet the makers – the big names both on screen and behind the camera.

Doc/Player
Sheffield Doc/Fest's Doc/Player is a fully digitised film library, offering one of the best platforms in the world to promote documentaries seeking sales, distribution and screening opportunities. The online library contains over 100+ films, including a selection from the Doc/Fest film programme and a number of other new documentaries on a range of global subjects.

The Doc/Player is available online to all Doc/Fest pass holders during the festival and for six weeks thereafter.


Alternate Realities

Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities programme is a leading forum for interactive, augmented reality, and virtual reality projects. Here, we explore game changing forms of storytelling through experimenting with technology, for fully immersive experiences.

Alternate Realities celebrates the digital evolution of storytelling and interactive narrative, shining a light on the world’s most innovative projects and their creators.

The Alternate Realities programme comprises a number of elements at the Festival:

Alternate Realities Summit
A one-day forum bringing together creatives to share insight into the hottest and most compelling areas of interactive design, production and distribution. These sessions inspire and inform on a wide range of the latest advancements in technology and the future of documentary filmmaking.

Alternate Realities Exhibition
Showcasing innovation in interactive documentary from around the world. Explore real stories by clicking, swiping, playing and mind control, or reach for a headset and step into true stories from out of this world.

Alternate Realities Talent Market
A place 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.


Talks

Doc/Fest’s Talks programme gives festival audiences the opportunity to hear the world’s star filmmakers, documentary innovators and Decision Makers discuss the latest creative and industry questions.

An agenda-setting and provocative programme of highest profile on-screen talent, filmmaker talks and industry panels deliver behind the scenes stories from those who make and influence what we watch.

The Talks programme is designed to deliver the latest insights from experts, shining a spotlight on the UK and global documentary film, television and online worlds.


Marketplace

The Sheffield Doc/Fest Marketplace is a major funding, sales and distribution platform designed to unlock UK and international market opportunities, and facilitate creative collaborations.

Marketplace comprises a range of business activity and is open to all, from first-time filmmakers to established talent, from feature-length film projects, to shorts and series. Marketplace also offers a number of mentoring opportunities including Mini-MeetMarket and festival guidance through the Switchboard.

MeetMarket
One of the world’s largest documentary and factual markets and pitching forums, with the opportunity to meet with over 300 international funders, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors. Doc/Fest offers a unique way to pitch your projects through match made meetings between pitchers and Decision Makers, for creative and financial discussions. Projects range from long form to short form films, series and formats.

Alternate Realities Talent Market
A place 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.

International delegations
Doc/Fest welcomes a number of International Delegations to the festival, creating opportunities to meet international filmmakers, partners and co-producers from around the world. Doc/Fest also facilitates UK Talent groups to introduce new delegates to the festival.


Sheffield Doc/Fest All Year

Sheffield Doc/Fest is open all year, offering a range of activity to inspire audiences and industry with the art and business of documentary.

Our All Year activity delivers local, national and international programmes through touring screenings, exhibitions, workshops, and events.

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