Sheffield DocFest is the UK's leading documentary festival and one of the world’s most influential markets for documentary projects.

The festival champions and presents the breadth of documentary form across film, television, immersive technology and art - with film screenings, virtual reality exhibitions, an industry marketplace, unmissable live events, and its own awards.

Widely recognised as one of the top three documentary festivals in the world, the festival has been held in Sheffield since 1994, offering makers and audiences a place for inspiration, debate, development, learning and challenge.

Festival Highlights 2018

A snapshot view of all the amazing things that go on at DocFest across the city.

One of Sheffield’s biggest cultural events, the Showroom Cinema forms the main festival hub - but there are film screenings, events and exhibitions happening in venues right across the city. Prior to the pandemic, the festival often attracted over 30,000 festival goers each year. In 2021 Sheffield DocFest hosted a hybrid edition, with over 45,000 virtual and in-person attendances and 2056 industry delegates from over 70 countries.

Volunteers helping out at Sheffield DpcFest.

DocFest is run by International Documentary Festival Sheffield, an independent registered charity, whose purpose is to advance the art of film, education and training in documentary filmmaking.

If you’re a member of the film, digital art and related communities you can apply for a Festival Pass for this year’s festival. Alternatively, you can Become a DocLover (open to everyone) to get the best value on tickets before the programme is announced.