Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction visual storytelling.

Operating in the heart of Sheffield, we’re a hub for all documentary and non-fiction content across all platforms, from feature length to shorts, and including interactive and virtual reality projects.

The Festival comprises:
- Film programme for the very best international screenings;
- Alternate Realities for digital and interactive innovation;
- Talks & Sessions to inspire, inform and debate;
- Marketplace for international business;
- Live events and networking;
- All Year screenings and training for outside the festival period.

Our guest speakers and decision makers contribute their insights and expertise across the Festival programmes and throughout the Festival: we encourage Doc/Festival goers to be inspired by all the festival programmes and disciplines, for the richest and most cohesive six-day experience.

Every year, we’re proud to connect thousands of creatives with industry players in a nurturing environment, resulting in the discovery of new talent, new collaborations, and new commissions and funding for cinema, television and online.

We aim to create a festival experience that is creatively inspiring, and the place for pioneering and innovative filmmakers, ideas, projects, debate and thinking.

Sheffield Doc/Fest welcomes over 32,700 Festival goers each year, including over 3,500 industry delegates from over 60 countries.

This year, the Festival will take place 9-14 June 2017.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!


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 and UK premieres. The Festival screens over 150 films – features and shorts – with the 2016 programme featuring documentaries from the UK, Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa, 40% of screened films directed and/or produced 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 (formerly MarketPlayer) 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 200 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 three months thereafter.


Alternate Realities

Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities programme is a leading forum for interactive 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.

Virtual Reality Arcade
The prime destination to discover the latest virtual reality experiences. Reach for a headset and step into true stories from out of this world.

Alternate Realities Market
A place for creatives developing interactive, immersive and virtual reality experiences taking part in tailor made meetings and pitching for funding and new partnerships.



Talks & Sessions

Doc/Fest’s Talks & Sessions 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 & Sessions 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.

The 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. The 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 Market
The key place to make partnerships and secure international funding for interactive, immersive and virtual reality projects, within the documentary, factual or hybrid genres. 

On-Screen Factual Talent Market
The place to connect potential new on-screen talent with producers, commissioners, and other decision makers looking for fresh faces for their programmes.  

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

The Sheffield Doc/Fest programmes continue outside the festival period, with Film and Alternate Realities screenings, Training and Networking events, providing forums for inspiration, business and learning all year round.

Meet up with Doc/Fest faces familiar and new, and be inspired by:

Doc/Fest Picks touring programmes for ‘Best of the Fest’ film screenings.

Alternate Realities touring programmes for interactive and virtual reality projects.

All Year Training and Mentoring, for developing skills to be market-ready for the UK and international markets, including:
- Doc/Next for ‘next rung’ mentoring and training;
- Future Producer School for specialist producer training;
- Pitch training;
- Feature development;
- Interactive project labs.

Sheffield Doc/Fest
The Workstation
15 Paternoster Row
Sheffield S1 2BX UK
T: +44 (0)114 276 5141
E: info@sidf.co.uk