Code of Conduct

Sheffield Doc/Fest is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof).

We do not tolerate harassment of any form.

If anyone engages in harassing behaviour, they will be asked to stop and are expected to comply immediately. The Festival may take any action they deem appropriate including warning the offender or expulsion from the event and/or future events, without refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Doc/Fest staff immediately. Festival staff can be identified by branded clothing and/or badges. Alternatively you can email conduct [at] which will reach the appropriate senior staff members, who will respond as soon as possible.

Doc/Fest staff will be happy to assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe, supported, and if necessary contact local law enforcement. Please remember that notifying the Festival does not constitute notifying the police. All violations of the law should be reported to the authorities:
In an emergency please telephone 999 or 112 if using a mobile.
If you are D/deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, please text 18000.
For all other calls to the police please telephone 101, or if you are D/deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, text 18001 101.

For free and confidential help from Sheffield Rape Crisis, click here or telephone 0808 802 0013.

Principles to Tackle Harassment

Sheffield Doc/Fest was one of the contributing organisations to the British Film Institute’s first set of Principles to Tackle Harrassment to tackle and prevent bullying and harassment in the screen industries.

Those principles are:

1. Everyone is responsible for creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace that is positive and supportive.
2. We recognise that harassment may be unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.
3. Those of us who are employers accept our responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
4. We do not tolerate bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, and will ensure that processes are in place for the reporting and investigation of these serious issues.
5. We recognise that bullying and harassment can have significant adverse impacts on the productivity, long-term health and well-being of affected people and we will work to eradicate it. This will mean providing adequate protection for complainants and victims, and, where bullying or harassment is found to have occurred, taking appropriate action against bullies or harassers.
6. We value inclusivity, appreciate difference, welcome learning from others, and consider people equal without prejudice or favour. We build relationships based on mutual respect. We will all work to give and receive feedback in a constructive way, which we know will improve creativity and productivity.
7. We understand that reporting bullying or harassment can be intimidating. We will respect confidentiality where possible and aim to make the process of reporting clear and straightforward. If anyone comes forward to report behaviour which might amount to bullying or harassment, we will endeavour to investigate objectively. Individuals who have made complaints of bullying and harassment or participate in good faith in any investigation should not suffer any form of reprisal or victimisation as a result.
8. We will respect each other’s dignity, regardless of the seniority of our role in an organisation.