Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading festival celebrating the art and business of documentary and non-fiction storytelling across all forms. Each year the festival welcomes over 25,000 festival goers, including around 3,500 industry delegates from 55 countries.

Doc/Fest is a creative space for discovery, debate, 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 share, shape and question stories of the world we live in. What’s your story?

The six-day festival and all-year activity consists of events across six programme areas:
FILM – New cinema, film and artist’s moving image
ALTERNATE REALITIES - Interactive, augmented and virtual reality story worlds
LIVE – Performance, special events, and installations
TALKS – Masterclasses, summits and panels
MARKETPLACE - Industry, talent, training and pitching
SOCIAL – Parties and networking

Be part of next year’s festival taking place 6-11 June 2019 in Sheffield, UK.

To be part of the programme, click here; to buy a Festival Pass or Doc/Lover Wristband click here, to find out more about our all-year activity click here, to get in touch with the team click here, or to join our team click here.

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 150 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 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 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 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.


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.


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.

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. 

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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