To coincide with the 30th Edition of Sheffield DocFest, and based on the ongoing research of Sheffield Hallam University researchers, this exhibition opens up the DocFest archive to take visitors on a history of the festival and to consider where it all started and where it goes next.
In 2023, Sheffield DocFest will stage the 30th Edition of the festival. Founded in 1993 and hosting the first festival in Sheffield in 1994 at the Workstation and the Odeon Cinema, DocFest has grown to become one of the most important international documentary film festivals in the world. It has also become central to the cultural, social, and even economic life of its host city, Sheffield. This exhibition, based on the research of Anna Richards, James Fenwick, and Rinella Cere (Sheffield Hallam University), opens up the DocFest archive to take visitors on a historical journey of the festival and the city’s evolution over the last 30 years, revealing how both are deeply intertwined. So, step into the past to relive memories of the festival and to consider where it all started and where it goes next.