Festival Entries


The 31st Edition of Sheffield DocFest will take place from Wednesday 12 June to Monday 17 June 2024. The MeetMarket, for documentary projects at all stages of development, will take place on Thursday 13 June and Friday 14 June 2024, allowing participants the opportunity to experience the opening night of the festival.

Our Festival provides a platform for emerging, established and independent makers to present and share their work to UK and international industry experts and audiences, through our various programmes.


Virtual Reality Programme

Virtual Reality Programme entries for Sheffield DocFest 2024 are now open. 

The Virtual Reality Programme aims to highlight new creative techniques and storytelling which break the boundaries of traditional documentary practise We are looking for best pieces that explore the intersection between art, technology and documentary.  We encourage entries from independent artists and collectives and from established artists or emerging new talent.
The selected projects will be competing for the Sheffield DocFest 2024 Virtual Reality Award.

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Film Programme

Film Programme entries for Sheffield DocFest 2024 are now open.

Our Film Programme welcomes documentary and non-fiction films of all lengths, from short to feature-length films, that wish to be considered for launching or premiering as part of our 2024 official selection. 

Our 2023 Film Programme was made up of 122 films (86 features and 36 shorts), including 38 World Premieres, 19 International Premieres, 10 European Premieres, 47 UK Premieres and 8 retrospective films, from 52 countries of production with 43 languages represented. 

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Marketplace & Talent Initiatives

Our Marketplace encompasses a range of initiatives for documentary makers to connect with all kinds of industry partners, to find collaborators and discuss new projects.

Our initiatives, including those that require entries to take part, are: MeetMarket, for presenting new documentary features and series at all stages of development; the Alternate Realities Talent Market, for new-media and XR artists; Amplify: Production Talent, for entry-level production professionals; and Filmmaker Challenge, a mentorship and filmmaking programme.

Entries for our 2024 MeetMarket are now open, and will close on 6 February 2024.

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