Sheffield DocFest 2022

Sheffield DocFest returns to Showroom for its 29th edition. The annual international celebration of documentary cinema takes place across Sheffield and online, between 23 - 28 June.

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 – film, television, immersive and art – in our vibrant city each June. The festival offers a place for inspiration, debate, development, learning and challenge.

This year’s festival includes 37 world premieres, 23 International premieres, 11 European premieres and 46 UK premieres from 53 countries of production with 41 languages represented. The 92 features and 43 shorts show the considerable breadth of the programme for the 29th edition of the festival.

Tickets are available via the DocFest programme on their website:

DocFest will be taking over the Showroom between 23-28 June as we play host to daily premieres and events. Visit to explore the full programme and see what’s in contention in the prestigious awards categories and explore the films by theme. You can also scroll down to explore some highlights here at Showroom. There’s still time to become a DocLover to ensure you get the best rates on tickets. From only £30, you can see the best of the fest, for less.

Celebrating Local Stories at Showroom

At Sheffield DocFest we are proud of our Northern heritage and this year we have two engaging titles that showcase the passion of local creative talent.

studio electrophoniqueA Film About Studio Electrophonique + Conversation

Sat 25 June, 21:30, World Premiere

A euphoric record of Sheffield-based Studio Electrophonique, which nurtured a generation of nascent superstars such as ABC, The Human League, Heaven 17, Clock DVA and Pulp.

bunch of amateursA Bunch of Amateurs

Fri 24 June, 17:45, World Premiere

This affectionate tribute to silver screen dreamers details a group of ageing cinephiles’ attempts to save their filmmaking club, including remaking a classic musical.

Additional Screenings: Sun 26 June, 21:15, Showroom

Film Programme Highlights at Showroom

Even in an age when our lives are inundated with images, documentaries continue to play a vital role in the way we interact with the world. Each film in this year’s programme invites audiences to engage with them; to be inspired and even challenged by the stories they tell.

8 bar8 Bar – The Evolution of Grime

Mon 27 June, 18:15, World Premiere

The riveting story of Grime, told from the inside, taking in the characters, the music, the fashion, the hits that got away and the way the scene won over the world.

Additional Screening at Showroom: Tue 28 June, 18:15

fire withinThe Fire Within: Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft + Conversation with Werner Herzog

Sun 26 June, 15:15, World Premiere

Drawing from the personal film archive of two ill-fated volcanologists, Werner Herzog explores humanity’s fascination with one of our planet’s most elemental forces.

oil machineThe Oil Machine + Conversation

Sat 25 June, 15:30, Showroom, World Premiere

Emma Davie’s urgent documentary explores our complex relationship with the oil industry, set against the backdrop of the ongoing fight for North Sea reserves.

Additional Screenings at Showroom (film only): Tue 28 June, 10:15

one day at a timeOne Day at a Time

Sat 25 June, 18:30, World Premiere

Paul Chambers’ uncompromising and moving film looks at the work of a Liverpool-based recovery living centre that uses art and sport to combat addiction.

Additional Screening at Showroom: Tue 28 June, 10:00



Sun 26 June, 18:15, UK Premiere

An intimate and uncompromising portrait of Lyra McKee, the 29-year-old Northern Irish investigative journalist who was murdered by the New IRA. Support by Bertha Foundation.

Festival Highlights

MoonageOpening Night: Moonage Daydream

The festival opens with Brett Morgen’s highly anticipated David Bowie doc Moonage Daydream on Thursday 23 June. The ‘People’s Premiere’ takes place at City Hall - 50 years since David Bowie first played the historic Sheffield music venue in June 1972.

UkraineFocus on Ukraine - Password: Palianytsia

In solidarity with Ukraine, the 2022 festival has a special focus on Ukraine with a new collaborative documentary programme with the leading human rights documentary film festival in Ukraine, Docudays UA. ‘Password: Palianytsia’ launches the British Council and Ukrainian Institue’s ‘UK/Ukraine Season of Culture’ with the World Premiere of One Day in Ukraine, by media activist and filmmaking collective Babylon’13.

AsifA Journey Through Documentary with Asif Kapadia

The Academy Award® and BAFTA-winning filmmaker, whose acclaimed documentary films include Senna (2010), Amy (2015) and Diego Maradona (2019), has selected films that have had significant impact for him, inspiring his own style and creative choices as a filmmaker. From Martin Scorcese’s Italianamerican to Leon Gast’s celebrated Muhammed Ali documentary When We Were Kings, this is a chance to see some of the greatest docs on the big screen.

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