An audience inside the Oval Hall at The City Hall in Sheffield. An audience inside the Oval Hall at The City Hall in Sheffield.

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.

Following a successful 30th edition of the festival in 2023, Sheffield Docfest returns Wednesday 12 June - Monday 17 June 2024. 

Festival Highlights 2023

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 often film screenings, events and exhibitions happening in venues across the city.

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. See full programme of screening and special events on their website:

Sheffield DocFest Volunteer Programme

Volunteer at Sheffield DocFest - join their DocCrew and help bring the festival to life! Applications are open to all, with roles spanning all areas of the festival.'

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Book your festival accommodation

You can book your festival accommodation here.  We advise you to book early to ensure you get your preferred choice of hotel.

While you are in Sheffield why not…

Have a bite to eat or a nice relaxing drink

Kollective Kitchen - Site Gallery

Kollective Kitchen is connected to Sheffield's Site Gallery, serving dishes that are locally sourced, but globally inspired, with a focus on colour, excitement and sustainability.

The Rutland Arms

Specialising in fine beers, boozes and tasty, freshly prepared food, The Rutland Arms welcomes everyone and anyone equally to enjoy themselves in good company so long as you adhere to the forbidden music board above the jukebox.

Honey & Fig

Honey & Fig, serving up good vibes, your favourite coffees, sandwiches, corndogs and pastries.


Silversmiths is situated in the heart of Sheffield City Centre close to Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Train Station. Their aim is to produce the finest modern British cuisine with a strong Yorkshire influence and a hint of fine dining in a relaxed environment for all to enjoy.


They have three locations - the original one is just by the Crucible on Norfolk Row, the second below the HSBC building in the Heart of the City development, and the most recent one on Ecclesall Road South in the old sorting office. All three have a charm and identity of their own whilst still totally feeling like one of Sheffield's favourite independent cafe's.


Public is quite simply stunning. Occupying the former gent’s toilet below the grade-1 listed Victorian town hall, Public is a tiny haven of fine drinks and delicious food - or as it was once described: ‘A Wes Anderson train carriage crowbarred in to an old bog’.


Located in Millennium Square, Piccolino brings a true taste of Italy to the heart of the city. Their dishes are rustic, simple and delicious and are created using the best, freshest ingredients. 

Leopold Square

Set against the stunning architecture of several magnificent Grade II listed buildings, Leopold Square has been stylishly rejuvenated into a vibrant city centre leisure spot, offering top quality bars and restaurants.

Terrace Goods

Cracking street food on a beautiful terrace overlooking Orchard Square with award winning street art at the side of you.

Industry Tap

Tap bar and bottle shop, Industry Tap pride themselves on providing a wide variety of excellent craft beers, with 21 lines showcasing rotating guest brews from Sheffield and beyond.

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