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 storytelling.

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

The Festival comprises:
- Film programme of the very best in international documentary screenings;
- Alternate Realities for innovation in interactive , augmented reality and virtual reality projects;
- Talks & Sessions with high profile speakers, to inspire, inform and debate;
- Marketplace & Talent for international business, delegations, pitching and training;
- Social events and networking;
- All Year screenings, talks and training outside of the festival period.

Across all of its programmes, Doc/Fest gives guests the opportunity to explore documentary within one unique, six-day festival 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 for cinema, television and online.

We host a festival experience that is creatively inspiring, and the place for pioneering and innovative filmmakers, ideas, projects, debate and thinking – as well as for business, pitching and training.

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

The next Festival will take place 7-12 June 2018.

We look 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, European and UK premieres. The Festival screens over 180 films – features and shorts – with the 2017 programme featuring documentaries from the UK, Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa, including 46% of screened films 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.


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, 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: Interactive 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 & Talent

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

Marketplace & Talent 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 & Talent also offers a number of mentoring opportunities including Mini-MeetMarket and festival guidance through the Switchboard.

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

Sheffield Doc/Fest is open for business all year, with programmes continuing outside the festival period, including Film screenings, Alternate Realities tours, training programmes 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, augmented reality, and virtual reality projects.

Talks & Sessions touring programmes with high-profile speakers to inspire and encourage debate.

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

Sheffield Doc/Fest
The Workstation
15 Paternoster Row
Sheffield S1 2BX UK
T: +44 (0)114 276 5141