Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world-leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling.

Welcome to Sheffield Doc/Fest at Showroom Cinema.

Sheffield Doc/Fest is an international film and arts festival and marketplace, with a mission to spark imaginations and empower our capacity for change by celebrating, championing and debating documentary film and art as a collective form of engagement.

As an internationalist and inclusive festival, we embody a commitment to equality and access for all communities, bringing together established creatives, new voices and our host city to shape and question stories of the world we live in.

Having moved our 28th edition online in June, our 2020 festival continues over the Autumn, both physically at Showroom Cinema and online on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects over October and November.

Our autumn programme consists of four weekenders, each themed around one of our programming strands. Our next weekend is Rhyme & Rhythm, Friday 30 October - Sunday 1 November.

Rhyme & Rhythm is where cinema and other art forms meet, whether through performance, theatre, dance, visual art or music. Each film offers encounters and inspirations to a different beat.

Rhyme & Rhythm

Friday 30 October - Sunday 1 November
Tickets and schedule available here.

Rhyme & Rhythm are films where cinema and other art forms meet, whether through performance, theatre, visual art or music. Each film offers encounters and inspirations to a different beat.

Ghost & Apparitions

Friday 13 - Sunday 15 November
Tickets and schedule available from Monday 2 November

More experimental films, playing with form and showcasing the dismantling of frontiers based on histories and collective memory.

Autumn Exchange Policy

Anyone, at any time, can request to exchange their physical ticket to a digital ticket on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects where the majority of films are screening online in parallel. No refund will be given but the ticket holder will be given a redemption code for the film of their choice on Selects. Please email with your Showroom ticket purchase confirmation to exchange.

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International Documentary Festival Sheffield (Sheffield Doc/Fest) is a charitable incorporated organisation registered in England & Wales, charity number: 1184849.

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Upcoming films & events

Faith & Branko
Doc/Fest2020: Faith & Branko + Live Online Q&A & Performance
Faith i Branko
Serbian, Romany, English
Love crosses borders and cultural barriers when British accordion player Faith and Serbian violinist Branko form a gypsy music duo
  • Fri 30 Oct
  • 18.00
Bring Down the Walls
Doc/Fest2020: Bring Down the Walls
Artist-filmmaker Phil Collins’ BRING DOWN THE WALLS explores the coinciding escalation of mass incarceration in 1980s America with the house music that emerged from Black, Latinx and queer communities.
  • Sat 31 Oct
  • 11.00
Yinka Bokinni
Doc/Fest2020: Interview with Yinka Bokinni
For this years’ Channel 4 interview we are very pleased to welcome rising star and South London native, Yinka Bokinni: DJ, radio presenter and blogger.
  • Sat 31 Oct
  • 14.00
Sisters with Transistors
Doc/Fest2020: Sisters with Transistors + Live Online Q&A + Performance
SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS is the remarkable untold story of the female pioneers in electronic music, as told by the women themselves and through their music.
  • Sat 31 Oct
  • 17.00
Doc/Fest2020: Retrospective + Live Online Q&A
RETROSPECTIVE pieces together twenty videos from celebrated choreographer Jérôme Bel, each challenging our preconceptions of who can dance and what is dance, with a great deal of humour.
  • Sat 31 Oct
  • 20.00
Doc/Fest2020: Medium + Brigitte + Pre-Recorded Q&A
Spanish, English
Two portraits of artists by artists: photographer Brigitte Lacombe by Lynne Ramsay and pianist Margarita Fernandez by Edgardo Cozarinsky
  • Sun 1 Nov
  • 11.00
A Voice that Shook the Silence
Doc/Fest2020: Schlingensief - A Voice That Shook That Shook the Silence
Schlingensief – In das Schweigen hineinschreien
SCHLINGENSIEF – A VOICE THAT SHOOK THE SILENCE tells of the life and work of the provocative film and theatre maker Christoph Schlingensief through an impressive treasure trove of archive.
  • Sun 1 Nov
  • 14.00
Doc/Fest2020: Gracefully + Welcome to a Bright White Limbo
Khoraman + Welcome to a Bright White Limbo
Persian, English
Two works from Ireland and Iran explore performance as an expression of identity and of resistance.
  • Sun 1 Nov
  • 17.00


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