Announcing our new trustees

Following an open call for applications, we are delighted to welcome three newly appointed members to our Board of Trustees: Stephen Bowen, Lucy McDowell and Zoe Mumba. They will bring a wide-range of expertise to the organisation, across film, funding and development, human rights and law, public relations and technology.
Published on March 16

Volunteer applications open

Interested in volunteering? Want to see how an international film and arts festival works? Join our DocCrew Volunteer Programme. With roles available across all areas of the festival, there's something for everyone. Find out more and get involved.
Published on March 16

The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch is back!

Want to get your new documentary in front of Channel 4? Five new directors will have the chance to pitch their 60' film at the First Cut Pitch at our festival this June and one winner will walk away with a commission. Apply by Sunday 2 April 2023.
Published on March 10

Meet our 2023 Future Film Programmers

In collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, we are delighted to introduce this year's cohort of Future Film Programmers who have curated a selection of impactful documentaries centred on a theme of social change. Join us for a free screening of two works from the selection on Wednesday 8 March at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield.
Published on March 1

Introducing our Film Programme Team, Programme Consultants & Advisers

We're thrilled to introduce our Film Programme Team, and team of Programme Consultants and Advisers, who will who will be selecting films for this year’s edition, set to take place 14-19 June 2023.
Published on February 20

Future Producer School

**Applications now closed**
Future Producer School, created by Sheffield DocFest and Bungalow Town Productions, has returned! Future Producer School aims to develop industry partnerships and provide industry knowledge and experience to up-and-coming producers that have the ambition to become international feature documentary producers.
Published on January 12

Join the Sheffield DocFest Youth Jury!

Applications for our Youth Jury programme are open. Now in its 16th year, the programme offers five young film enthusiasts the opportunity to meet film industry experts, select films for the Festival, and choose the winner of the Youth Jury Award announced at the Sheffield DocFest Awards Ceremony!
Published on November 22

Announcing our new Managing Director: Annabel Grundy

Announcing our new Managing Director, Annabel Grundy who will join the Festival in December 2022 in a new joint leadership position, working collaboratively alongside Acting Creative Director, Raul Niño Zambrano.
Published on November 2

2022 Festival Report & Highlights

Our 2022 Festival Report is here! Take a closer look at Sheffield DocFest 2022, and revisit some of our best moments.
Published on September 8

Festival of the Mind

Festival of the Mind takes place across Sheffield from 15 – 25 September. We're pleased to present a selection of three films from our 2022 Film Programme, screening for free at the Spiegeltent on Thursday 22 September.
Published on September 1

Announcing Raul Niño Zambrano as Acting Creative Director for 2023

Announcing Raul Niño Zambrano as Acting Creative Director for 2023; Sheffield DocFest moves to new leadership model and commences open search for Managing Director.
Published on August 17

Sylvia Bednarz joins The Grierson Trust as Managing Director

The Board and Team at Sheffield DocFest congratulates Sylvia Bednarz, our Partnerships & Operations Director, on her new appointment as Managing Director of The Grierson Trust.
Published on July 28

2023 dates announced and Lightning Passes on sale

Following this year’s hugely successful festival, we are delighted to announce the dates for Sheffield DocFest 2023 with Lightning Passes now on sale.
Published on July 27

Alternate Realities Exhibition Continues...

Our Alternate Realities main exhibition continues until 24 July at Site Gallery, Sheffield. Experience a range of works that are currently leading the field of experimental documentary making. Free and open to all.
Published on June 30

2022 Awards Winners Announced

We are delighted to announce this year’s winners presented during the awards ceremony at Sheffield City Hall’s Memorial Hall this evening, the Festival’s closing night.
Published on June 28

Roadmaps - Finding your way at #SheffDocFest2022

Whether you're an emerging filmmaker or interested in finance and funding, utilise these useful roadmaps to plan the key events for you to attend at Sheffield DocFest 2022.
Published on June 24

2022 Jury Members Announced

We are delighted to announce the Juries for this years’ International Competition, International First Feature Competition, International Short Film Competition, the Tim Hetherington Award and the Alternate Realities Award.
Published on June 21

Youth Jury Select Their Highlights

With the festival opening this week, we spoke to a few members of this year's Youth Jury to talk about their experiences of DocFest so far, and ask them what they're looking forward to.
Published on June 19

Industry Day Passes now on sale

There's only 1 week to go before Sheffield DocFest returns for its 29th edition, and we celebrate with our Opening Night presentation of Brett Morgen's acclaimed David Bowie doc Moonage Daydream. Can't attend the full festival but don't want to miss out? Don't worry, the Industry Day Pass is now on sale which gives you full Industry access for one day.
Published on June 16

FOCUS: Filmmaker Talent

Sheffield DocFest and Guest Curator, Asif Kapadia, have invited six filmmakers to make a short documentary, in and around Sheffield, during the Festival.
Published on June 16

2022 Sheffield DocFest Festival Guide

Discover the films, artworks events presented as part of the Film Programme, Alternate Realities exhibitions and Talks & Sessions. Plus, browse the full festival schedule and find out vital information about this year's Industry Programme including Marketplace and Talent.
Published on June 15

Announcing our full programme for Sheffield DocFest 2022

We're thrilled to announce our full Film Programme, Alternate Realities, Industry Programme and Talks & Sessions. Explore the programme now, and ‘ReConnect’ with documentary - and each other - in Sheffield, 23-28 June.
Published on May 31

Announcing our 2022 International Competition

We're thrilled to announce our 2022 International Competition, made up of 5 world premieres and 4 international premieres, featuring cinematic and thought-provoking documentaries - representing Australia, Brazil, Lebanon, Mexico, Poland, Spain, UK, US, and Ukraine - which engage with reality from a multitude of perspectives.
Published on May 26

Meet our Amplify Talents

Meet the 8 production professionals that make up our 2022 Amplify: Production Talent cohort.
Published on May 25

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