Sheffield Doc/Fest is committed to providing a positive and inclusive experience for all festival audiences, to enable attendees to discover documentary, including those with disabilities and other access requirements.
For all enquiries relating to accessibility and reasonable adjustments please email access [at] sidf.co.uk or call +44 (0) 330 122 8870.
Accessing the Festival
Tickets and Festival Passes
Doc/Fest offers concession rates on tickets, Festival Passes and Doc/Lover Wristbands for those who are students, senior citizens and claimants of job seekers allowance and incapacity benefits.
To purchase a concessionary Festival Pass or Wristband, click here.
To purchase a ticket for individual events, please go directly to the event by searching in the search box at the top right hand corner by clicking here.
In addition, Doc/Fest will offer a complimentary ticket or Festival Pass to a Personal Assistant, Carer or sign language interpreter needed by those requiring this support. Please contact the Box Office at boxoffice [at] sidf.co.uk to request this along with proof of DLA or a valid CEA card, or equivalent.
If you have any access requirements, please email boxoffice [at] sidf.co.uk or call 0330 122 8870. They will be able to assist you with your requirements. Please note that Wheelchair spaces are subject to availability.
If you would like to speak to a member of the Box Office team in person, please visit the Showroom Cinema, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX between 11:30 and 22:00.
From 7–12 June 2018, please visit the Festival Box Office based on Tudor Square. This is open between 09:00 and 21:00 daily. BSL interpreter trainees will be available at the Doc/Info point at the Tudor Square Box Office to help navigate the programme.
Sheffield Doc/Fest has a policy of ensuring all venues are wheelchair accessible. You can find information on all venues, including details of blue badge parking, wheelchair accessibility, wheelchair spaces, accessible toilets, and hearing loops, by clicking here.
Travel and Accommodation
You can find a list of recommended accommodation and travel options, including budget options and initiatives, and their accessibility information by clicking here.
Support for those with Babies & Children
Doc/Fest is a breastfeeding friendly event, and those with babies should feel welcome to breastfeed at Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square, and all festival venues.
You can find out more about which Doc/Fest venues are breastfeeding welcome, pushchair accessible and provide baby changing facilities (including which are unisex) by clicking here.
Doc/Fest has partnered with TLC Mobile childcare to help those with children attend the Festival by bringing the childcare to them at a location of their choice. To discuss, email Ellie at hospitality [at] sidf.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)114 276 5141. A list of local childminders can also be found by clicking here.
Doc/Fest has also partnered with Showroom Cinema to programme its regular Kino Bambino screening on Monday 11 June where you can see Flow in Showroom Cinema 1 for parents/guardians with babies aged 1 and under. To attend this screening, you will be required to bring your child's birth certificate or passport
Accessible Screenings and Talks
Programme Guide Materials
Please look out for accessible screenings and events noted within the printed programme.
If you require the printed programme in a different format, please contact access [at] sidf.co.uk for a downloadable PDF that is enlargeable. You can also call the Festival Box Office at +44 (0) 330 122 8870 to be able to speak with someone about the programme and to ask questions about what is on when.
Please click here for a list of feature films that feature no dialogue, or are fully subtitled. Hearing loops and headphones are available for all screenings at the Showroom Cinema and Curzon Cinema
BSL interpreter trainees are available to help at the Doc/Info point at the Alternate Realities Exhibition at Trafalgar Warehouse to help those who who are D/deaf to navigate the programme.
Accessible Talks & Sessions
Selected Talks & Sessions from the Festival programme will be BSL-interpreted. These include:
My Big Break - Sat 9 June / 10:00 / Netflix Crucible Studio
Munroe Bergdorf: Women, Gender & Activism - Sat 9 June / 12:00 / Netflix Crucible Studio
BAFTA Masterclass: Matthew Heineman - Sat 9 June / 16:30 / Netflix Crucible Studio
Alternate Realities Summit: Stories Are Changing - Sun 10 June / 10:00-11:00 / Netflix Crucible Studio
Alternate Realities Summit:Better Known Truths Considering Creative Practice Sun 10 June / 11:10- 11:50 / Netflix Crucible Studio
Alternate Realities Summit: Authenticity And Diversity In Storytelling - Sun 10 June / 12:00-12:30 / Netflix Crucible Studio
Khalik Allah: Exploring a New Film Language - Sun 10 June / 13:00 / Crucible Adelphi
The Naked Me: Personal Stories - Mon 11 June / 12:00 / Netflix Crucible Studio
Goodness Gracious Me: Asian Representation from Grannies to Jihadis - Mon 11 June / 16:30 / ITV Town Hall Reception Room B
The Channel 4 Interview: Guy Martin - Mon 11 June / 18:00 / Sheffield City Hall
SOS Planet Earth: Could Documentary Save the World? - Tue 12 June / 12:00 / ITV Town Hall Reception Room B
Commissioning: Documentary for Broadcast - Tue 12 June / 14:30 / Netflix Crucible Studio
The BBC Interview: Mary Beard - Tue 12 June / 18:00 / Sheffield City Hall Ballroom
Please also look out for the BSL key on the schedule on the website and in our Catalogue and Festival Programme.
Vicky McClure talks Dementia & Music will be a Dementia Friendly event, with the lights a little brighter than usual, and the sound lowered a touch. Extra visible signage will be displayed around the venue and staff trained as Dementia Friends will be on hand to offer help. Attendees are welcome to come and go as they please during the session and to invite a carer to accompany them free of charge.
Talks & Sessions posted on our Youtube channel will be subtitled throughout from the 2018 Festival onwards.
If you have any suggestions or comments then please email maria.stoneman [at] sidf.co.uk, Head of Operations & HR.