Principal Funders, Sponsors & Partners


The British Film Institute is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive.

Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council is the elected governing body for Sheffield.

Marketing Sheffield

Marketing Sheffield is the UK's first ever city development company, charged with delivering Sheffield's economic transformation.

British Council

The UK's international cultural relations body.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people's lives.

The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health.

Creative Europe Media

A programme to strengthen the competitiveness of the European film, TV and new media industries.


The largest broadcasting corporation in the world. The BBC produces programmes that inform, educate and entertain.

Channel 4

Britain's most cutting edge, controversial and creative broadcaster of the last two decades.


ITV is the biggest commercial television network in the UK, broadcasting the most talked about television and digital content.

Major Sponsors


KCA is a public agency working with the Korean government to support and promote planning, producing and distributing of creative and high-quality documentary films in Korea which fit to ever-changing global markets.

The Bertha Foundation

The Bertha Foundation works with inspiring leaders who are catalysts for social and economic change.

Halo Post

Halo is an award winning post production facility in the heart of Soho, specialising in all aspects of Film and Broadcast. The combination of experienced producers, creative talent and technical excellence make halo a uniquely adaptable, versatile and dependable post production partner.

Igloo Vision

Igloo Vision design, develop and deliver immersive 360° projection domes, cylinders, and all of the enabling technologies for almost any type of shared VR application.

Site Gallery

Site Gallery is Sheffield’s international contemporary art space, specialising in moving image, new media and performance.

Documentary Campus

Documentary Campus provide European documentary producers with tailored training and advice on how to develop their film ideas, unlock funding and reach a large international audience.

The Light Cinema

The Light offers a dynamic cinema experience in a relaxed and sociable environment, providing luxury seating in every screen and using state of the art technology for big screen entertainment from blockbusters, documentaries to live arts and sports programmes.

Sheffield Hallam

A modern university with a long and proud history, dating from the opening of two 19th century schools which would later become the foundations for Sheffield Polytechnic.



Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 109 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Netflix is proud to support Sheffield Doc/Fest and artists’ voices around the world.

Thai Delegation

AVA Library

AVA Library - Film Festivals On Demand At Your Public Library

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice.

Chicken and Egg

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women non-fiction filmmakers, representing a range of diverse experiences and backgrounds, whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

The Whickers

The Whickers was created by Alan Whicker CBE to encourage the making of quality documentaries. It continues to use Alan’s legacy to further this vision.


Oatly is a Swedish oat drink company that turns liquid oats into food and drinks with maximum nutritional value and minimal environmental impact.

Department for International Trade

Channel 5

Channel 5, launched in 1997, is a British commercial television network.

Kenwood Hall

A luxury conference venue and 4 star hotel in Sheffield, Kenwood Hall combines a convenient location and idyllic country setting with its 12 acres of beautiful parklands.

University of Sheffield

A world top-100 university renowned for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of their research-led learning and teaching.


UKTV is a British multi-channel broadcaster, jointly owned by BBC Studios and Discovery Inc.

Joi Polloi.

Joi Polloi is a BAFTA winning independent digital studio and one of the UK's leading producers of multi-platform, interactive and second screen content for the TV industries.

Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland

Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry, investing in talent, creativity and enterprise.


The industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses in the UK creative media industries.


University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is a world-class institution with one of the best student experiences in the UK.

Getty Images

A leading provider of digital media worldwide, creating and distributing a range of assets that help communicators around the globe tell their stories.


The BFI Film Audience Network is a unique collaboration of eight Film Hubs managed by leading film organisations across the UK.

Creative England

Creative England's mission is for England's creative businesses and talent to be the most successful and innovative in the world: a platform for new voices, building economic growth that benefits our nation

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

Banijay UK

Banijay Group is a global production and distribution company creating premium content for television and multimedia platforms in all genres including entertainment, drama, factual, reality, docudrama and kids programming.

National Geographic

Since its inception nearly 130 years ago, the core purpose of National Geographic has been to further the knowledge and awareness of our world.

PBS America

PBS America offers British audiences multi-award winning and globally respected series including NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and PBS Newshour.

University of West England

UWE Bristol is a thriving, modern university, offering a wide range of highly respected courses and employment-enhancing opportunities.


MUBI is a film website that integrates a subscription video-on-demand service, a database, and an online magazine known as The Notebook. It has been described as an "online cinematheque". The service focuses on international arthouse cinema.

Sky Arts

SKY entertain, excite and inspire customers with a great choice of high-quality television in high definition.

Filmlab Palestine

The FilmLab: Palestine is a non-profit company that uses international models of public and private partnerships to effectively promote film art and film culture in Palestine.


Curzon is known as a place to discover other worlds and cultures, or see a different perspective. It’s also a place where the drinks and conversation flow in equal measure, where cinema becomes a memorable experience for a broad range of people.


By delivering immersive experiences for the world’s largest studios, agencies and brands, REWIND leads the way in innovative digital content creation.

Sheffield Free Wifi



Dicover Virtual Reality Beyond Imagination

Directors UK

Directors UK is the single voice for British film and television directors, representing their creative, economic and contractual rights.

Daiwa Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is a UK charity, established in 1988 with a generous benefaction from Daiwa Securities Co Ltd. The Foundation’s purpose is to support closer links between Britain and Japan.

Polish Docs Pro

Grierson Trust

The Grierson Trust is a registered charity that exists to promote documentary film making and to celebrate the work of John Grierson.

Scandinavian Films


Chile Doc

Chile Doc works to promote the Chilean documentary and strengthening its marketing, inside and outside the country.


BAFTA supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image.


Dogwoof is the leading UK film distributor for social issue films and documentaries.


Molinare is an award-winning Film and Broadcast post production facility and is one of the most respected and established names in the industry. Recent feature documentary work includes ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’, ‘Kingdom of Us’, ‘Williams’ & ‘Three Identical Strangers’.

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation seeks to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the UK and Japan through financial support for activities in a number of fields, from Arts and Culture to Humanities and Social Issues, from Japanese Language and Sport and Education, from Science and Technology to Medicine and Health.

Second Home

Second Home is a social business with a mission to support creativity and entrepreneurship in cities around the world.

Northern Docs

Northern Docs is an attempt at positive action to tackle some of the structural barriers to opportunities for Northern film makers.


Doc Society

Doc Society are a non-profit founded in 2005 committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally.

Bertha Dochouse

Bertha Dochouse is the UK’s very first dedicated documentary centre, aiming to celebrate the depth and breadth of the documentary form as well as nurturing and educating new filmmaking talent.

Fast Signs

Fastsigns International Inc. (trademarked in all-capitals as FASTSIGNS) is the franchisor of Fastsigns centers which provide custom sign and graphics products.

Phi Centre

Dedicated to art in all its forms, Phi is a multidisciplinary arts and culture organization that cultivates all aspects of creation, development, production and dissemination.


Media Partners

Screen International

Screen is the International voice of the film business.


The only weekly magazine for the TV and radio industry, delivering all the latest news.


The only international magazine devoted exclusively to the non-fiction film and television industries.


An international publishing company specialising in worldwide television and media business information.

Now Then

Now Then is a platform for independent art, trade, music, writing and local news.


Monthly magazine for producers and all those who commission, create or deliver moving image content for television, film, commercials, digital applications and corporate communication

Exposed Magazine

Exposed Magazine is Sheffield's ultimate entertainment and listings guide featuring music news, events and things to do.


Aesthetica is a worldwide destination for art and culture. It foregrounds today’s most innovative practitioners across art, design, photography, architecture, music and film.


EFM Berlinale

The European Film Market is the business epicentre of one of the biggest international film festivals in the world, the Berlinale.


The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution.

Our Fave Places

Planning a trip to Sheffield? Take a look at Our Favourite Places, the Sheffield city guide with a creative heart.


The first Friday & Saturday of every month, Peddler showcases a fresh line-up of Britains best street food traders, alongside top-notch craft beers, freshly made cocktails, live music and art in Sheffield.

Tribeca Film Institute

A year-round nonprofit arts organisation, TFI empowers filmmakers through grants and professional development, and is a resource for and supporter of individual artists in the field.

Live Cinema

Live Cinema UK is the country’s only organisation focused on bringing artists, exhibitors, distributors and producers closer together to create amazing experiential cinema events.

Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf is one of the largest literary festivals in the UK.