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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Doc/Fest

Each June, the world of documentary descends on Sheffield to showcase some of the most fascinating factual films going at Doc/Fest. This year, the festival is offering many ways to share in the thrill of factual storytelling online.

For one month from 10 June, the festival launches its streaming platform Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects.

Scroll down to explore each strand in the brilliant Doc/Fest Selects programme of new documentary films now available to view online – some for free, others on a pay-per-view or subscription basis.

A further programme of films will follow both on Selects and in Sheffield cinemas in autumn.

Also featured below are videos of highlights from last year's Sheffield Doc/Fest talks, as well as films from past editions that are now available online.

A Conversation with Werner Herzog

One of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The man who ate his shoe after losing a bet, who was shot whilst being interviewed, and who has made countless features and docs exploring man’s eternal struggle against nature. Filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.

Doc/Fest Digital Industry Pass

Calling all filmmakers, artists and members of the film, digital art and related industries! Get access to the documentary festival's online programme of screenings, talks, pitches, and panel sessions with the Digital Industry Pass.

A Conversation with Jeremy Deller & Sharna Jackson

Turner prize winning artist Jeremy Deller talks to Site Gallery Creative Director Sharna Jackson, exploring the ability of art and social movements to illuminate the politics of everyday life. From the Doc/Fest 2019 Exchange programme of free talks.

A Conversation with Ai Weiwei

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei in conversation at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 following the screening of his film The Rest, about refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe yet have not found the safe havens of their dreams.

A Conversation with Waad al Kateab, Edward Watts & Jon Snow

A conversation with For Sama directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts and protagonist Hamza al-Kateab, hosted by TV's Jon Snow. Told as a message from a young Syrian mother to her daughter, For Sama traces Waad's life through the uprising in Aleppo.

In Conversation with The Slumflower

Chidera Eggerue preaches her messages of self-love and body positivity to thousands on her blog The Slumflower. Hear her discuss her campaigning work and plans for a documentary questioning ideals of beauty, in a talk filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.

Films from previous Doc/Fest editions

Thu. 6 June 2019 — Thu. 24 June 2021

In the spirit of togetherness, the team at Sheffield Doc/Fest have put together a list of documentary films screened at previous editions of the festival, which are now available to watch online.

Seahorse: A Conversation with Jeanie Finlay and Freddy McConnell

Seahorse follows Freddy, a gay transgender man, in his quest to carry his own baby. Stream Freddy and the documentary's director Jeanie Finlay in conversation, filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.