DocFest 2024

Join us for the 31st Edition of Sheffield DocFest from 12-17 June

DocFest will be taking over the Showroom between 12-17 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.

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 film programme totals 109 films (80 features and 29 shorts), including 48 World Premieres, 14 International Premieres, 17 European Premieres and 29 UK Premieres, from 56 countries of production with 41 languages represented.

Titles screen in different sections - International Competition and International First Feature Competition, the Short Film Programme, as well as six strands - Rhythms, Debates, People & Community, Memories, Rebellions and Journeys.

Ticket Info

Tickets are available to buy via

Showroom Members can enjoy 10% off of film screenings* - to find out how to access your discount, please contact our Box Office team.

*The discount code will apply to screenings taking place across all DocFest Cinema Venues: Showroom, Curzon and The Light.

Film screenings across all DocFest cinemas:

Tickets are available online at or in person at the Showroom Cinema.

Standard: £10.50

Concession*: £7

*Concession tickets are available to claimants, full-time students, and over 60’s, as well as those who cannot afford standard prices (via our DocsForAll concession). We operate concessions on a trust basis and do not ask for proof of status.

Visit for more information on ticketing, concessions and access across the festival.

Special DocFest Menu

Please download a copy of our festival menu and order at the bar.

Highlights at Showroom:

Days of Reflection Screenings (13-16 June)

Days of Reflection titles.

These special screenings, followed by a discussion, draw together four themes that run through the festival programme.


Body as Archive + Q&A (Wed 12 June 15:30 - 17:24)
Showroom - Bertha DocHouse Screen 3

DocFest 24 Body as Archive

History leaves scars. In these four inspiring works, bodies act as archives: holding memories, keeping traditions and harbouring the seeds of change. Refusing erasure, the protagonists of these films use dance, language, song and poetry to keep their cultures alive. Q&A with directors Andrea Suwito, Romain Beck, Lamees AlMakkawy, Jamal Sterrett & Otis Mensah.


Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa + Q&A (Sat 15 June 18:15)
Showroom - Warner Chappell Production Music Screen 4

DocFest 24 Sherpa

The first Nepalese woman to successfully reach the peak of Everest leaves her life as a working single mother in America to climb the mountain once again.


Filmmaker Challenge: 6 Short Films on Sheffield (Sat 15 June 13:00 - 14:40)
Showroom - Bertha DocHouse Screen 3

DocFest Filmmaker Challenge

The Filmmaker Challenge returns for 2024, bringing 6 exciting new voices to Sheffield to make a short micro documentary under the guidance of filmmaker mentor Julie Cohen.

Distant Feeler (Sun 16 June 20:00 - 21:10)
Showroom - Bertha DocHouse Screen 3

DocFest 24 Distant Feeler

How far beyond the screen can cinematic projection travel? Is telepathic cinema possible?


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