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

Sheffield DocFest 2023

14 Jun 2023 - 19 Jun 2023

37 World Premieres, 20 International Premieres, 10 European Premieres, 47 UK Premieres and 8 retrospective films, from 52 countries- Sheffield DocFest returns for a landmark 30th Edition.  

The UK’s leading documentary festival and one of the world’s most influential markets for documentary projects, is set to take place 14 - 19 June 2023 across multiple venues in the city.

Each year the festival champions the breadth of documentary form across film, television, immersive and art.

Stand-out music documentaries this year include the world premiere of Wham!, the international premiere of TLC Forever, the international premiere of the Cyndi Lauper portrait, Let The Canary Sing and the World Premiere of Kim Longinotto and Franky Murray Brown’s Dalton’s Dream.

In addition to a programme of 100+ film screenings, the festival also features a host of exhibitions, immersive installations, panel events and inspiring talks with famous names. 

Attend key Broadcaster talks such as the BBC Interview with actor, director, author and activist David Harewood; the ITV Interview with presenter Laura Whitmore to talk about her series Laura Whitmore Investigates; and the Munya Chawawa talk which is supported by Channel 4 in association with Migration Matters Festival.

There are compelling talks from actor and Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winner Rose Ayling-Ellis, TV historian and producer David Olusoga and director Chris Smith, and extended Q&As featuring the final winner of X-Factor UK, Dalton Harris and activist and competition swimmer Sara Mardini.

This year's Alternate Realities exhibition includes a five-part VR series with acclaimed filmmakers Abel Ferrara, Tsai Ming-Liang, Catherine Hardwicke, Lee Myung-Se and Naomi Kawase

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With a DocLover package you can get discounted tickets for film screenings across all the cinema venues, including the Showroom, Curzon, and The Light cinemas.

Select up to 4 tickets per screening. Standard price DocLover packages also include a £2 discount for events at The Crucible Theatre.

DocLover 5: £40 standard / £30 concession
DocLover 10: £75 standard / £55 concession


Additional Information

The festival looks to question the boundaries of documentary through a programme that challenges trends, brings diversity and enriches debate, and invites audiences to engage with experiences and stories from different parts of the world.

Part industry event, DocFest also offers filmmakers a place for inspiration, debate and challenge, and a relevant international platform to launch their work. See the Industry Programme here

In addition to film screenings and industry events, Alternate Realities is DocFest's programme for exhibiting and showcasing innovative non-fiction and immersive documentary in all forms. The programme presents the bravest most intriguing developments in non-fiction by artists, technologists and documentarians, in a number of exhibition spaces in the city centre.