Sheffield Doc Fest: What you can expect

Not sure what you can expect at this year's Doc/Fest? Known as a world-leading festival celebrating the art and business of documentary and non-fiction storytelling across all forms, Doc/Fest welcomes over 25,000 festival-goers, including around 3,500 industry delegates from 55 countries. Doc/Fest is a creative space for discovery, debate, collaboration and inspiration all across the city for those that are looking for evening plans different to most. Use #SheffAfter5 to share your favourite Doc/Fest experiences.


If you’re a film fanatic, Doc/Fest has you covered. From short to long-form storytelling, the Film programme presents bold and innovative non-fiction films made by some of the most regarded international filmmakers working today.

Sheffield Doc/Fest looks to push the boundaries of documentary through a carefully curated programme that sets trends, responds to hot topics and sparks debate. The festival invites audiences to witness windows into other people’s worlds and to meet the makers – the big names both on screen and behind the camera. You can visit the Doc/Fest website to discover what’s on offer for your evening plans next week.


If you find that you’re interested in what made Doc/Fest what it is today, get involved in the Doc/Fest Marketplace. The Sheffield Doc/Fest Marketplace is a major funding, sales and distribution platform designed to unlock UK and international market opportunities, and facilitate creative collaborations.

Marketplace comprises a range of business activity and is open to all, from first-time filmmakers to established talent, and from feature-length film projects to shorts and series. The marketplace also offers a number of mentoring opportunities including Mini-MeetMarket and festival guidance through the Switchboard.

Alternate Realities

Searching for evening entertainment that drifts far from your usual plans? Doc/Fest’s alternative realities could be just what you’re looking for.

Doc/Fest explores the game-changing forms of storytelling through experimenting with technology, for fully immersive experiences through installations that test your understanding of truth, immersive stories that highlight current issues and talks and events that challenge the documentary form. These Alternate Realities celebrate the digital evolution of storytelling and interactive narrative, shining a light on the world’s most innovative projects and their creators for after-hours plans that are totally unique. Explore the Doc/Fest itinerary for more inspiration on where Alternate Realities can take your evening.


We return to Site Gallery to present an exhibition of multi disciplinary content, from augmented reality to video and sound installations. Subconscious Sensibilities exhibition will explore the changing forms of non-fiction through experimenting with technology, showcasing the most challenging, powerful and potent digital artworks focused on non fiction from around the world. Site Gallery Square (opposite Site Gallery) will host a 360° projection dome, featuring immersive screenings. Inspired by the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, this installation employs analogue sound generators, based on magnetic tape and optical components to create a unique score for visitors who play with its digital interface. Brought to you by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. #alternaterealities #exhibition #AudioInstallation #sheffdocfest #sheffdocfest2019 #SubconsciousSensibilities #KrzysztofCybulski #KrzysztofGoliński #JakubKoźniewski #AdamMickiewiczInstitute @sitegallery @pangenerator

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Enjoy getting to know what goes on behind the scenes? Doc/Fest’s Talks programme gives festival audiences the opportunity to hear the world’s star filmmakers, documentary innovators and Decision Makers discuss the latest creative and industry questions through panels that will deliver behind the scenes stories from those who make and influence what we watch. The Talks programme is designed to deliver the latest insights from experts, shining a spotlight on the UK and global documentary film, television and online worlds. Drop by the Doc/Fest website to discover how you can get involved.


The Academy Award and multi BAFTA-winning director of Amy and Senna sits down to discuss his new film Diego Maradona, and his illustrious career to date, on Friday 7 June. Asif Kapadia first gained recognition with his short film, The Sheep Thief, in 1997. Shot in Rajasthan, India, the film won several international awards including a prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was followed by his first debut, The Warrior, which won Best British Film and Best Debut Film at that year's BAFTAs In 2010 Asif Kapadia’s innovative archive documentary Senna, about Formula One icon Ayrton Senna, was the most successful British documentary of all time – until his moving, compassionate portrayal of singer Amy Winehouse, Amy, won numerous awards including an OSCAR, a BAFTA and a Grammy for best documentary. Asif returns to archive documentary film with Diego Maradona, and this time can include personal interviews with his subject: the "Golden boy” who infamously benefited from intervention by "the Hand of God" in the 1986 World Cup quarter final and is still considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time. As well as the film, Asif will discuss his own career and inspirations, his filmmaking practise, and his personal connection to his work. Fri 7 June | 13.00 | Netflix Crucible Studio #sheffdocfest #sheffdocfest19 #sheffdocfest2019 #waysofseeing #fortheloveofdocs @asifkapadia1

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