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Announcing 2024 Sheffield DocFest Award Winners

We are delighted to announce this year’s winners presented during the awards ceremony at Sheffield’s Crucible Playhouse this evening.
Published on June 15

Announcing our 2024 Jury Members

We are excited to announce our Jury Members for this years’ International Competition, International First Feature Competition, International Short Film Competition, the Tim Hetherington Award, the International Alternate Realities Competition, alongside our previously announced members of the Youth Jury. Winners will be revealed during the Festival’s Awards Ceremony at Crucible Playhouse on 16 June. Join us at our 31th edition of the festival in Sheffield, 12-11 June 2024.
Published on May 24

2024 Festival sees an abundance of filmmaking talent attending

Published on May 24

Filmmaker Challenge 2024

Returning for the third year running, we are delighted to present our Filmmaker Challenge 2024. Six early-career UK filmmakers have been selected to undertake the challenge of making a film on the fly, with a micro budget and equipment support, as well as mentoring from Oscar and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Julie Cohen (RBG, Every Body, My Name is Pauli Murray).
Published on May 13

Announcing our full Industry programme for Sheffield DocFest 2024

We are pleased to reveal our full Industry Programme for the 31st edition of Sheffield DocFest, taking place in Sheffield, 12-17 June 2024, which completes our full festival line up. Come and explore the programme.
Published on May 12

Amplify: Production Talent 2024 Cohort

We are thrilled to announce the cohort for this year’s edition of Amplify: Production Talent. Supported by BBC and Channel 4, the initiative offers early-career production professionals the opportunity to connect with UK production company executives in the documentary TV sector; experience an international marketplace; widen their network and learn more about the industry.
Published on May 12

Meet our 2024 Alternate Realities Talents

We are proud to announce the 2024 cohort of Alternate Realities Talent Artists, who have been selected to take part in this year’s edition of the Alternate Realities Talent Initiative, taking place on Saturday 15 June.
Published on May 12

Announcing our full Public Programme for Sheffield DocFest 2024

We are proud to reveal our full Film programme, Alternate Realities exhibitions, and public Talks for the 30th edition of Sheffield DocFest.

DocFest firmly believes in the transformative power of documentaries to spark curiosity, engage audiences, and foster meaningful discussions and with this year’s theme ‘Reflections on Reality’ the festival welcomes audiences and industry guests to engage in conversation - in Sheffield, 12-17 June 2024. 

Come and explore the programme.
Published on May 8

Announcing the Whickers Podcast Pitch Award Finalists for 2024

Published on May 3

Announcing our 2024 Theme: Reflections on Realities

Sheffield DocFest announces Reflections on Realities as its 2024 theme and a special programme of films and conversations titled ‘Days of Reflection’ on the themes of Co-Resistance, Freedom of the Press, Ancestral Lands and Archiving the Present.
Published on May 2

Sounds Right - Navigating the Complexities of Music Licensing

A post from our Festival Audio Partner, Warner Chappell Production Music
Published on May 1

Announcing 2024 Opening Night Film, Guest of Honour and one of our headline talks

We are thrilled to announce our 2024 Opening Night Film, Guest of Honor and one of our headline talks ahead of our full Programme Launch on Wednesday 8 May.
Published on April 29

2024 MeetMarket Projects

We are thrilled to announce the slate for the 2024 MeetMarket taking place Thursday 13 June and Friday 14 June, as part of a broader marketplace programme of talent development, pitches, roundtables and conferences designed to connect new projects with industry partners that runs across the festival.
Published on April 25

Announcing our Alternate Realities Collaboration with the IDA

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with the International Documentary Association (IDA) for the Alternate Realities Exhibition and Summit during our 31st edition of Sheffield DocFest taking place 12 - 17 June 2024.
Published on April 18

Applications open for Filmmaker Challenge 2024

Returning for 2024, we will select and support six filmmakers to make a short documentary in and around Sheffield during the festival.
Published on March 27

BBC Storyville Development Pitch 2024

BBC Storyville is delighted to announce an opportunity to pitch to be part of its 2024 DocFest Development Programme. Storyville is passionate about feature documentaries, telling timely stories from across the world.
Published on March 18

Alternate Realities Talent 2024

Alternate Realities Talent exists to foster collaborations between artists, collectives, creatives and organisations focused on using digital technologies to experiment and play with non-fiction boundaries, as well as push storytelling in exciting new directions.
Published on March 14

Applications open for Amplify: Production Talent

Applications are open for Amplify: Production Talent, an initiative aimed at entry-level production professionals who are looking to elevate their careers. Apply by Thursday 9 April 2024, 12 noon BST.
Published on March 14

The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch is back for 2024!

Want to get your new documentary in front of Channel 4? Five new directors will have the chance to pitch their 60 minute film at the First Cut Pitch at our festival this June. One winner will walk away with a commission. Apply by Sunday 14th April 2024.
Published on March 12

Meet our 2024 Youth Jury

We are delighted to announce our 2024 Youth Jurors for this year's edition, taking place across Sheffield, 12-17 June 2024.
Published on February 16

Introducing our 2024 Industry team

We are thrilled to announce our 2024 Industry Team who will be shaping our Marketplace and programme of talks and sessions for Sheffield DocFest 2024, taking place 12 - 17 June.
Published on January 30

2024 Virtual Reality Programme Entries Open

Sheffield DocFest will present a Virtual Reality Programme as part of its 31st edition, which will take place from 12 - 17 June 2024. Entries are now open and will close on Friday 1 March, 12 noon GMT.
Published on January 19

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