We welcome entries for our 27th edition in June 2020.

Doc/Fest is a creative space for discovery, collaboration and inspiration. We champion and push forward talent, ideas and interaction for the future of film and the arts. We are an open, inclusive festival, bringing together veteran creatives, new voices and our city to shape and question the world we live in, creating a sense of community and the potential for change.

Our 27th edition will take place 4-9 June 2020 and the full programme will be announced on 6 May 2020.

Our Film programme offers filmmakers a place for inspiration, debate, growth and challenge, being also a relevant international platform to launch films and art works. It brings to audiences a multitude of forms, ideas, ways of doing and thinking, through World, International, European and UK premieres.

The festival screens over 180+ films of all lengths – with the 2019 programme having encompassed works from 50+ countries around the world, 54% of which were co/directed by women.

We look to question the boundaries of documentary through a carefully curated programme that challenges trends, brings diversity and enriches debate. We invite audiences to engage with experiences and stories from different parts of our world and to join the makers in inspiring moments.

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What are we looking for?

In considering the entries we receive for the festival, we ask ourselves: Does the filmmaker/creator 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 film in our submissions we will find it and discuss it.

How to enter?

Entries for our Film programme can be made through our portal on Eventival

Please make sure to choose the appropriate form depending on the length of your film.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

Early Entry Deadline: 6 December 2019, 23:59 GMT
Mid-Length and Feature Films (over 40 minutes) - £30 + VAT
Short Films (between 7 and 40 minutes) - £20 + VAT
Short Short Films (under 7 minutes) - £10 +VAT

Standard Entry Deadline: 14 February 2020, 23:59 GMT
Mid-Length and Feature Films (over 40 minutes) - £35 + VAT
Short Films (between 7 and 40 minutes) - £25 + VAT
Short Short Films (under 7 minutes) - £15 + VAT

Late Entry Deadline: 2 March 2020, 12:00 GMT
Mid-Length and Feature Films (over 40 minutes) - £45 + VAT
Short Films (between 7 and 40 minutes) - £35 + VAT
Short Short Films (under 7 minutes) - £25 + VAT

Our entry guidelines below will give you further information about our eligibility criteria, selection process and notification dates, and we recommend you read this before completing your entry process.

Film Entry Guidelines 2020

For any further information contact Mita Suri, Film Programme Coordinator at mita.suri@sheffdocfest.com or ring +44 (0) 114 276 5141.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your entries!

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