Principal Funders & Sponsors


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.

BFI Diversity Standards

The BFI Diversity Standards encourage equality of opportunity and address under-representation in the screen industries. Sheffield Doc Fest has met this standard and demonstrates commitment to inclusion in the following areas: A) on-screen representation, themes and narratives B) creative leadership & project team C) industry access & opportunities and D) audience development.

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.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives.

The Wellcome Trust

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


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.

Major Funder

The Bertha Foundation

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

Funders, Sponsors & Partners


Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service offering 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.

Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade is a United Kingdom government department responsible for striking and extending trade agreements between the United Kingdom and non EU states, as well as for encouraging foreign investment and export trade.

Sheffield Hallam

A modern city centre based university with a long and proud history. Sheffield Hallam is The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year for Teaching Quality 2020.

University of Sheffield

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

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.

Site Gallery

Sheffield’s international contemporary art space, specialising in moving image, new media and performance. Pioneering emerging art practices and ideas, they work in partnership with local, regional and international collaborators to nurture artistic talent and support the development of contemporary art.

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.

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.

Screen Scotland

Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland, delivering enhanced support for all aspects of Scotland's screen sector.

Scottish Documentary Institute

SDI is a hub for filmmakers with an international reputation for producing innovative documentary films and nurturing filmmakers and audiences in Scotland and beyond.

Creative England

Creative England is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the creative industries in England. The business promotes the development of creative companies, which in turn support business across games, film, creative and digital media as well as production services.

Channel 5

Channel 5, launched in 1997, is a British free-to-air television channel. It is the fifth national terrestrial network in the United Kingdom.

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.

Chile Doc

Founded in 2010 Chile Doc work to promote the Chilean documentary scene and strengthen its commercialisation, inside and outside the country.

Grierson Trust

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


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

Second Home

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

Doc Society

Doc Society are a non-profit founded in 2005 committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. Based in London and New York they work with filmmakers and partners all over the world.

Church Burgesses Trust

Church Burgesses Trust was a Queen’s gift to Sheffield in the sixteenth century, set up to serve the spiritual and practical needs of the people of the city. Today it is active in promoting and supporting effective responses to the challenges of the twenty first century.

British Council

British Council's work creates new relationships between artists, organisations and audiences to develop stronger creative sectors around the world. They help artists to break new ground, support creativity and innovation, increase capacity by building skills to support livelihoods and cultural enterprise, extend safe spaces for creative exchange and contribute to research and policy.


Halo provides world class creative talent award winning post production services and state of the art facilities in London. It serves various clients from TV drama, entertainment, and documentary to feature film, commercials, and animation producers.


The Independent Filmmaker Project is the largest and longest running not-for-profit dedicated to independent film. They champion the future of storytelling by connecting artists across various media disciplines with essential resources at all stages of their career.

Filmlab Palestine

Established in 2014, Filmlab aims to promote film art and cinema culture in Palestine with a greater aspiration for creating a productive, dynamic film industry in Palestine.

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.

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.

Film Programme Partners

BFI Player

The greatest global cinema on demand. Rent the latest releases, subscribe to classics and explore the best from the BFI, national and regional archives. View free shorts and features, showing the best from the BFI archives, including 120 years of Britain on film.

Doc Alliance Films

DAFilms.com is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

The Guardian

The Guardian is part of the Guardian Media Group, owned by the Scott Trust. They are committed to holding the powerful to account, covering stories that would otherwise be ignored and helping build a fairer world. Profits are reinvested in journalism rather than distributed to owners/shareholders.


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.

Showroom Cinema

The Showroom Cinema and Workstation represent a major regional centre for media production and exhibition. They are a we are a unique cultural hub situated in the heart of Sheffield's Cultural Industries Quarter.

Media Partners

Screen International & Screen Daily

Screen International is a British film magazine covering the international film business. Screendaily.com was added in 2001.


Broadcast is the essential source for business information about the British TV Industry, at home and around the world.

Real Screen

The international magazine devoted exclusively to the non-fiction film and television industries which aims to bring diverse communities together for dialog, debate and discussion.

Doc Weekly

Showcasing the world's best documentaries every week.

Business Doc Europe

The new voice of the European documentary trade.