Sheffield Doc/Fest is an international film and arts festival and marketplace, with a mission to spark imaginations and empower our collective capacity for change through celebrating, championing and debating documentary film and art as a collective form of engagement.
Through supporting and sharing non-fiction storytelling, Doc/Fest aims to provide a creative space for discovery, challenge and collaboration. As an internationalist and inclusive festival, Doc/Fest embodies a commitment to equality and access for all communities, bringing together established creatives, new voices, and a host city to shape and question stories and images of the world we live in.
Doc/Fest is open for entries from around the world that wish to be considered for launching or premiering as part of its 2021 official selection, within either the film programme or the arts programme.
The Film Programme is an international platform to launch new work as part of a carefully curated programme which challenges trends, celebrates difference and enriches engagement. “We believe in recognising plurality in the form, the origin and identity of filmmakers and artists, in order to be inclusive of less represented or more experimental methods of storytelling alongside mainstream productions,” said the festival website.
The Arts Programme (formerly Alternate Realities) is a space for experimentation, exploring narrative through research and bringing together varied forms and languages. “The exhibition we produce is a group show, allowing for the discovery of a multiplicity of artists, artworks and practices in non-fiction from around the world, advocating for a critical and reflective space.”
Doc/Fest is interested in questioning the boundaries of documentary, and in expanding them. As such, the festival welcomes non-fiction projects of all lengths (short shorts through to mid-length and features), and across all formats (film, video art, audio and sound art, virtual reality, 360° video, augmented reality, mixed reality, interactive documentary, AI, game, motion comic, performance, and installation).
To find out more about entering your work for the Film Programme in June 2021, please click HERE.
To find out more about entering your work for the Arts Programme in June 2021, please click HERE.
Early Deadline: 6 November 2020, 23:59 GMT
Standard Deadline: 15 January 2021, 23:59 GMT
Late Entries (film programme only): 8 February 2021, 12:00 Noon GMT
Late Entries (arts programme only): 1 March 2021, 12:00 Noon GMT
28th Edition: Starts June 2021