Sheffield Doc/Fest is committed to providing a positive and inclusive experience for all festival audiences, to enable attendees to discover documentary, including those with disabilities and other access requirements.

For all enquiries relating to accessibility and reasonable adjustments please email access [at] sidf.co.uk or call +44 (0) 330 122 8870.

We announce the Doc/Fest 2018 programme on 3 May. Check back then for more up-to-date information on accessing the programme.

Accessing the Festival

Tickets and Festival Passes

Doc/Fest offers concession rates on tickets, Festival Passes and Doc/Lover Wristbands for those who are students, senior citizens and claimants of job seekers allowance and incapacity benefits.

To purchase a concessionary Festival Pass or Wristband, click here.
To purchase a ticket for individual events, please go directly to the event by searching in the search box at the top right hand corner by clicking here.

In addition, Doc/Fest has a policy of offering a complimentary ticket or Festival Pass for those requiring the support of a Personal Assistant, Carer or sign language interpreter. Please contact the Box Office at boxoffice [at] sidf.co.uk to request this along with proof of DLA or a valid CEA card, or equivalent.

If you have any access requirements, please email boxoffice [at] sidf.co.uk or call 0330 122 8870. They will be able to assist you with your requirements. Please note that Wheelchair spaces are subject to availability.

If you would like to speak to a member of the Box Office team in person, please visit the Showroom Cinema, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX between 11:30 and 22:00.

From 7–12 June 2018, please visit the Festival Box Office based on Tudor Square. This is open between 09:00 and 21:00 daily.

Accessing Venues

Sheffield Doc/Fest has a policy of ensuring all venues are wheelchair accessible. From 3 May, you will find information on all venues, including details of blue badge parking, wheelchair accessibility, wheelchair spaces, accessible toilets, and hearing loops. Check back soon for more information.

Travel and Accommodation

You can find a list of recommended accommodation and travel options, including budget options and initiatives, and their accessibility information by clicking here.

Support for those with Babies & Children

Doc/Fest is a breastfeeding friendly organisation, and those with babies should feel welcome to breastfeed at Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square.

From 3 May you can find out more about which Doc/Fest venues are breastfeeding welcome, pushchair accessible and provide baby changing facilities (including which are unisex).

Doc/Fest has partnered with a local bespoke childcare to help those with children attend the Festival by bringing the childcare to them at a location of their choice. For details, click here. A list of local childminders can also be found by clicking here.

Doc/Fest has also partnered with Showroom Cinema to programme its regular Kino Bambino screening on Monday 11 June (approx. 11am) for parents/guardians with babies aged 1 and under.

Help Around the Festival

Doc/Fest Staff & Volunteer Support

For further help around the Festival, please look out for Staff or Volunteers in orange Doc/Fest t-shirts at the Doc/Info Points around the Festival and at the Box Office at Tudor Square. All Front of House Staff and Volunteers are access champions, meaning they have been trained in assisting those who need additional requirements in navigating the Festival. Some members of the Doc/Fest team are also Dementia Friends, meaning they've learnt a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia, how to turn that understanding into action and the small ways they can help.

For all enquiries relating to accessibility and reasonable adjustments please email access [at] sidf.co.uk or call +44 (0) 330 122 8870.

Accessible Screenings and Talks

Programme Guide Materials

Please look out for accessible screenings and events noted within the printed programme.

If you require the printed programme in a different format, please contact access [at] sidf.co.uk for a downloadable PDF that is enlargeable. You can also call the Festival Box Office at +44 (0) 330 122 8870 to be able to speak with someone about the programme and to ask questions about what is on when.

Accessible Screenings

The Doc/Fest Programme launches 3 May 2018. From then, please refer to this page, and to the schedule online and in the Programme Guide for a key indicating any screenings which are captioned for D/deaf and hard of hearing.

Additionally, from 3 May, you will find a BSL interpreted trailer for the Festival, and a list of those films that are fully subtitled or majority subtitled.

Accessible Talks & Sessions

Selected Talks & Sessions from the Festival programme will be BSL-interpreted. These include the following, with more to be announced in May: The Channel 4 Interview: Guy Martin and Vicky McClure talks Dementia & Music, both on Monday 11 June.

Please also look out for the BSL key on the schedule on the website and in our Catalogue and Festival Programme.

Vicky McClure talks Dementia & Music will also be a Dementia Friendly event, with the lights a little brighter than usual, and the sound lowered a touch. Extra visible signage will be displayed around the venue and staff trained as Dementia Friends will be on hand to offer help. Attendees are welcome to come and go as they please during the session and to invite a carer to accompany them free of charge.

Talks & Sessions posted on our Youtube channel will be subtitled throughout from the 2018 Festival onwards.

If you have any suggestions or comments then please email maria.stoneman [at] sidf.co.uk, Head of Operations & HR.