The Doc/Fest Awards recognise great films and great filmmakers. This year's winners were chosen by an exciting group of jurors who offered plural perspectives on the value of non-fiction film, from authors, to artists, musicians and critics. 

Grand Jury Award

Supported by Broadcast & Screen International 
The award honours films that best display excellence in style, substance and approach to documentary filmmaking.

The Silence of Others, Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar

A Woman Captured, Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

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Art Doc Award

Supported by MUBI
The award champions bold new creative forms of non-fiction cinema and artists’ film.

Music When the Lights Go Out, Ismael Caneppele


The Tim Hetherington Award  

Supported by Dogwoof
The award recognises a film and filmmaker which best reflects journalist Tim Hetherington’s legacy.

WINNER: Kinshasa Makambo, Dieudo Hamadi

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Environmental Award

The award honors films that best address or raise awareness of the environmental challenges faced by the world.

WINNER: Wild Relatives, Jumana Manna


Illuminate Award

Supported by Wellcome
The award celebrates vibrant and innovative filmmaking exploring the human condition.

WINNER: América, Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside
SPECIAL MENTION: Young Solitude, Claire Simon



Short Doc Award

Supported by Canon
The award presents the best short films in the Festival, made by emerging and established filmmakers from around the world.

WINNER: Black Sheep, Ed Perkins
SPECIAL MENTION: Weltschmertz, Jesper Dalgaard


New Talent Award

The award discovers and honors the future of documentary film, celebrating new talent and fresh perspectives.

WINNER: Minding the Gap, Bing Liu
The Proposal, Jill Magid


Youth Jury Award

Supported by Yorkshire Building Society
The award is selected by five of the UK’s most passionate and stand out young documentary lovers.

WINNER: Amal, Mohamed Siam


Doc Audience Award

Supported by Curzon
The award is voted for by the Sheffield Doc/Fest cinema audiences, recognising the film that receives the highest audience vote during the Festival. In memory of Dr Clifford Shaw.

WINNER: Minding the Gap, Bing Liu


Alternate Realities Audience Award

Supported by Rewind 
Voted for by the Sheffield Doc/Fest exhibition audience, this award recognises the Alternate Realities work that receives the highest audience vote during the festival.

WINNER: Grenfell: Our Home, Jonathan Rudd


Virtual Reality Award

This award celebrates virtual reality documentary as a flourishing creative genre awarding the project that displays excellence in factual storytelling as well as technical ingenuity.

WINNER: Face to Face, Michelle Gabel, Michaela Holland
SPECIAL MENTION: VestigeAaron Bradbury, Paul Mowbray


Interactive Award

This award honours the project that exhibits originality in its approach to form, storytelling and delivery. One of only a few such awards in the documentary world, Sheffield Doc/Fest is dedicated to recognising new forms of interactive storytelling. 

WINNER: The Voice of the Unicorn, Richard Butchins
SPECIAL MENTION: Terminal 3, Asad J. Malik