Our call for entries for the 2021 programme are now OPEN.

Sheffield Doc/Fest is an international film and arts festival and marketplace, with a mission to spark imaginations and empower our collective capacity for change through celebrating, championing and debating documentary film and art as a collective form of engagement. 

Through supporting and sharing non-fiction storytelling, Doc/Fest aims to provide a creative space for discovery, challenge and collaboration. As an internationalist and inclusive festival, we embody a commitment to equality and access for all our communities, bringing together established creatives, new voices, and our host city to shape and question stories of the world we live in. 

Sheffield Doc/Fest looks to question the boundaries of documentary through a programme that challenges trends, brings diversity and enriches debate. The festival invites audiences to engage with experiences and stories from different parts of our world and to join the makers in inspiring moments.


What are we looking for?

We welcome entries from independent artists and collectives, new talent, emerging or established, and from distributors, media institutions and educational institutions from all around the world, working in a variety of art forms in digital, installations and performance. 

 In considering the entries we receive for the festival, we ask ourselves: Does the artist/collective and the work show authenticity in voice, in questioning, in sharing the images they produce and the stories they represent? Is there something new about this work? Does it offer a perspective of a known subject that we haven’t seen before? Does it offer an aesthetic approach to reality we have not engaged with? Is the socio-political narrative of the work relevant to the now? 
We see this as one of the primary roles of a festival with an open entries format: to be ravenous in the search for works that are not already on our radar, to ensure we are a festival of equal opportunity, a truly international and pluralistic festival. Where there is a strong project in our submissions we will find it and discuss it.

How To Enter:

Please first read our entry guidelines below which will give you further information about our eligibility criteria, selection process and notification dates. 

Arts Programme Entry Guidelines 2021

You will also be required to create an Eventival account and can then log in and enter your film through our online entry form HERE.

Arts Programme Online Entry Form

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

Early Entry Deadline: 6 November 2020, 23:59 GMT 
Projects - £20 + VAT
Standard Entry Deadline: 15 January 2021, 23:59 GMT 
Projects - £25 + VAT
Late Entry Deadline: 1 March 2021, 12:00 Noon GMT 
Projects - £35 + VAT
For any further information contact Hannah Campbell, Arts Programme Producer at arts@sheffdocfest.com or ring +44 (0) 114 276 5141. 

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your entries!


Arts Programme

A space for experimentation in digital art practice, exploring narrative through research and bringing together varied forms and languages. Playing with non-fiction boundaries and expanding them. 

The programme comprises a number of elements at the Festival including:

A series of platforms, allowing for the discovery of a multiplicity of artists, artworks and practices in non-fiction from around the world, advocating for a critical and reflective space.

Previous group exhibition - Subconscious Sensibilities, Site Gallery, 2019

Upcoming exhibition - Ghosts & Apparitions, Site Gallery 2020

A number of artworks may also be selected to tour to partner venues across the UK as part of our annual exhibition tour, which takes place September-January each year. Previous venue-partners have included the Barbican in London, HOME in Manchester, Lighthouse in Brighton and the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.

A series of encounters and discussions bringing together artists, academia and the general public, in a dialogue between contemporary experience and artistic practice and research. If all art is political, let’s talk about the politics of art.

An annual grant for an artist or collective from anywhere in the world to create an artwork in non-fiction storytelling. The commission forms part of the exhibition and is considered for the exhibition tour(s), subject to curatorial selection. 


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