The Sheffield Doc/Fest, short for Sheffield International Documentary Festival (SIDF), is an annual
documentary and digital media event that is held in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England at the Showroom Workstation and other venues around Sheffield. The festival is one of the biggest events in the international documentary calendar.
First held in 1994, Sheffield Doc/Fest has grown to become the United Kingdom’s leading event for the factual film and television industry. Each year the festival is a forum forproducers, distributors, commissioners, filmmakers and emerging talent. It offers a wealth of inspirational documentary films from across the globe, pitching opportunities, controversial discussion panels, in-depth filmmaker masterclasses and unique parties and provides opportunities to build the creative and business relationships that drive the factual genre.
The first Sheffield Doc/Fest (formally Sheffield International Documentary Festival) was held in 1994. The festival was launched as both an international film festival and a conference for all professionals working in documentary production. The first Doc/Fest consisted of all the observational American trailblazers, including Robert Drew, Richard Leacock, DA Pennebaker.
Sheffield Doc/Fest was the vision of Peter Symes of BBC TV Features Bristol. He felt that it was incredible that there was no festival in the UK celebrating the work of documentary makers and no forum at which the makers could meet to argue and debate their craft, especially considering that Britain has a long tradition of making some of the very best documentaries in the world.
Their Promo Video is a good peek for whats in store for this year!!