Sheffield Doc/Fest

Celebrating the art and business of all documentary and non-fiction storytelling.

Upcoming films & events

Symphony of the Ursus Factory

Doc/Fest: Symphony of the Ursus Factory

1h 1m

Proud workers from the closed-down Ursus tractor factory relive their past through re-enactments. Their movements, formed through muscle memory and combined with sounds from the factory, create a symphony.

Polish (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
09.00Doc/Fest 2019
'Now something is slowly changing'

Doc/Fest: 'Now something is slowly changing'

1h 46m

Feelings and vulnerability are met with words of reassurance and inspiration. People hunt for a sense of purpose, inner-peace or self-confidence, while coaches and programmes meet the growing demand.

Dutch (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
09.10Doc/Fest 2019
Sun 9 Jun
16.45Doc/Fest 2019
This Film is About You

Doc/Fest:This Film is About Me

1h 1m

Renata and Alexis are making a film together. The charismatic Renata is happy to perform when Alexis visits her in the penitentiary. She’s less inclined to discuss why she is there.

English, German (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
09.15Doc/Fest 2019
Shelter - Farewell to Eden

Doc/Fest: Shelter - Farewell to Eden

1h 21m

Pepsi is a transgender militant born in the Philippines and looking for a new identity in Europe, crossing boundaries in search of gender equality, citizenship and recognition as a human being.

English, French (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
11.15Doc/Fest 2019
The Mortician of Manila

Doc/Fest: The Mortician of Manila

25m 0m

A grim and compelling journey through the eyes of an undertaker and the lives and deaths of victims shaping the Philippines in President Rodrigo Duterte’s lethal drug war.

Tagalog (With English Subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
11.15Doc/Fest 2019
Norie

Doc/Fest: Norie

1h 21m

Filmmaker Yuki Kawamura embarks on a roadtrip with his father to Sapporo, Japan, to talk to the people who knew Norie, Yuki’s mother, who died when he was only three years old.

Japanese (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
12.00Doc/Fest 2019
Closing Time

Doc/Fest: Closing Time

1h 56m

While the tropical depression hangs heavy over Taipei, Kuo and his wife work through the humid nights, serving food to the sleepless and restless.

Taiwanese (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
13.10Doc/Fest 2019
Mon 10 Jun
16.25Doc/Fest 2019
Property

Doc/Fest: Property

1h 25m

To the occasional random visitor, the quiet courtyard with its dreamy linden trees presents as an enchanted garden right off the busy life of Torstrasse in the centre of Berlin.

German, English (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
13.45Doc/Fest 2019
Sat 8 Jun
21.00Doc/Fest 2019
Danny

Doc/Fest: Danny

50m 0m

After being diagnosed with leukemia in 1993, Danny begins filming. What comes forth is a hilarious and heartbreaking found-footage film about disease, mental illness and the meaning of life.

English

Fri 7 Jun
14.30Doc/Fest 2019
Mon 10 Jun
16.50Doc/Fest 2019
The Big House

Doc/Fest: The Big House

1h 59m

Shot against the backdrop of the 2016 election and the rise of Donald Trump, The Big House, America's largest stadium, presents a microcosm of America by showing everything but the game.

English

Fri 7 Jun
16.00Doc/Fest 2019
Just Don't Think I'll Scream

Doc/Fest: Just Don't Think I'll Scream

1h 15m

Writer and director Frank Beauvais crafts a blistering and brilliant essay recounting an intense personal crisis he experienced; utilizing clips from 400 films he watched during the painful six month period.

French (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
16.20Doc/Fest 2019
Mon 10 Jun
09.00Doc/Fest 2019
Absence

Doc/Fest: Absence

1h 22m

In search of a man who disappeared from his village in rural India, we encounter people offering hints of his fate. Beyond the shadows and ambiguity, what do we leave behind?

Hindi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
16.30Doc/Fest 2019
Mon 10 Jun
14.20Doc/Fest 2019
Your Turn

Doc/Fest: Your Turn

1h 33m

Three students debate over a right to speak and to share their points of view regarding the largest student struggle of the century and the recent political context in Brazil.

Portuguese (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
18.20Doc/Fest 2019
Push

Doc/Fest: Push

1h 32m

Landlords without faces. Apartments without renters. A documentary exploring the new, unliveable city.

English, Spanish, Italian, German, Korean (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
19.00Doc/Fest 2019
Focus/Shapes That Move - Flip The Script

Doc/Fest: Focus/ Shapes That Move - Flip The Script

1h 26m

Turning normative gender and sexuality on its head, we find the world looks different from this angle. The films of Flip the Script both celebrate and galvanise of the power of the LGBTQ+ community.

English

Fri 7 Jun
19.15Doc/Fest 2019
Lisbon Beat

Doc/Fest: Lisbon Beat

1h 15m

An exuberant and illuminating portrait that highlights the innovative Afro-Portuguese music scene thriving amid the suburban margins of Lisbon’s teeming metropolis.

Portuguese, English, Creole (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
21.00Doc/Fest 2019
Jawline

Doc/Fest: Jawline

1h 38m

16-year-old Austyn is hoping his positivity-exuding live streams will take him away from Tennessee. But not all goes to plan in this nuanced exploration of the cost of the social media gold rush.

English

Fri 7 Jun
21.45Doc/Fest 2019
Sat 8 Jun
13.00Doc/Fest 2019
La Vida En Común

Doc/Fest: La Vida En Común

1h 10m

In Pueblo Nación Ranquel, an indigenous community in the north of Argentina hunting is a rite of passage. Uriel, however, wants to follow a different path.

Spanish (With English subtitles)

Fri 7 Jun
22.00Doc/Fest 2019
Mon 10 Jun
19.30Doc/Fest 2019
Once Aurora

Doc/Fest: Once Aurora

1h 10m

Once Aurora is a coming of age story from inside the music industry about a girl trying to find who she will be as an artist and as a woman.

Norwegian, English (With English subtitles)

Sat 8 Jun
09.00Doc/Fest 2019
Chinese Portrait

Doc/Fest: Chinese Portrait

1h 19m

What if you were a passer-by in the Beijing streets, a peasant hoping for the rain to fall, a steelworker in disappearing factories, a tourist on a packed beach, praying in Ningxia or Qinghai?

Mandarin (No English subtitles)

Sat 8 Jun
10.45Doc/Fest 2019
Solidarity

Doc/Fest: Solidarity

1h 16m

Solidarity is about the secretive methods used against UK activists and trade unionists. Blacklisted construction workers and activists spied on by the police share their ongoing struggles.

English

Sat 8 Jun
11.15Doc/Fest 2019
Sun 9 Jun
11.30Doc/Fest 2019
The Sound is Innocent

Doc/Fest: The Sound is Innocent

1h 8m

First-time director Johana Ožvold’s creative approach to telling the story of electronic music matches the playfulness of the genre itself, where programmers become poets, and experiments rule the day.

English, Czech, French (With English subtitles)

Sat 8 Jun
11.25Doc/Fest 2019
Mon 10 Jun
21.30Doc/Fest 2019
Swarm Season

Doc/Fest: Swarm Season

1h 25m

A sensory opus from the volcanic island of Hawaii, where honey bees, the original people's cosmology and a NASA project are all part of a thought-provoking ecosystem.

English

Sat 8 Jun
13.40Doc/Fest 2019
Tue 11 Jun
09.15Doc/Fest 2019
About Love

Doc/Fest: About Love

1h 31m

Three generations of the Phadke family live and work together in South Bombay. As they prepare for a wedding, director Archana Atul Phadke observes the shifting, often funny, household dynamics.

Marathi, English (With English subtitles)

Sat 8 Jun
13.50Doc/Fest 2019
Hermit

Doc/Fest: Hermit

1h 7m

Astonishingly spare and poetic portrait of a haunted Russian recluse's life deep in the forest, acutely observed through each of the four seasons.

Russian (With English subtitles)

Sat 8 Jun
16.00Doc/Fest 2019
While We Are Here

Doc/Fest: While We Are Here

1h 18m

In a world divided by borders and walls, While We Are Here presents a story where love overcomes cultural and geographical distances.

Portuguese, Arabic, French, English (With English subtitles)

Sat 8 Jun
16.15Doc/Fest 2019
My Father the Spy

Doc/Fest: My Father The Spy

1h 25m

Born into a family of spies, Leva’s fate was sealed at birth. This is the personal spy story of the Cold War investigated by a CIA and KGB double agent's daughter.

English, Latvian, Russian, Swedish (With English subtitles)

Sat 8 Jun
16.30Doc/Fest 2019
Tue 11 Jun
12.10Doc/Fest 2019
Doc/Fest 2019

Doc/Fest: Focus/ Shapes That Move - Rebel Films for Girls

TBC 0m

To shine a light forward into the future, we co-present a selection of short films for young people together with Pavilion’s Art School for Rebel Girls - an ongoing arts project fostering confidence, creativity and collaboration between young women.

English

Sat 8 Jun
18.30Doc/Fest 2019
ZONA & +6 Gain

Doc/Fest: 3OHA & +6 Gain

1h 6m

Looking out from the Post-Soviet zone, ZONA captures an Eastern generation that appears to have more in common with internet culture than the experience of their parents.

Russian (With English subtitles)

Sat 8 Jun
18.45Doc/Fest 2019
Tue 11 Jun
22.00Doc/Fest 2019
The Black Tree

Doc/Fest: The Black Tree

1h 20m

At the centre of the Earth is a black tree, those who can reach it may be able to talk to the trees, send messages through birds and heal curses.

Spanish, Toba Qom (With English subtitles)

Sat 8 Jun
19.15Doc/Fest 2019
Tue 11 Jun
15.00Doc/Fest 2019
Earth

Doc/Fest: Earth

1h 55m

Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans — with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people, in mines, quarries and at large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet.

German (With English subtitles)

Sat 8 Jun
21.30Doc/Fest 2019
Tue 11 Jun
09.30Doc/Fest 2019
Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore

Doc/Fest: Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore

1h 19m

The greatest undiscovered musical genius of all time. He has recorded 400 albums in 40 years... in his bedroom. Unique and eccentric. Unrecognised outside of a small group of music insiders, until now.

English

Sat 8 Jun
21.45Doc/Fest 2019
Mon 10 Jun
11.40Doc/Fest 2019
Don't Be a Dick About It

Doc/Fest: Don't Be A Dick About It

1h 9m

In affluent suburban Maryland, teenage brothers Matthew and Peter while away the summer days, alternatively bickering and bonding, filmed by their cousin Ben Mullinkosson. A funny and astutely observed story of brotherhood.

English

Sun 9 Jun
09.00Doc/Fest 2019
Apollo 11

Doc/Fest: Apollo 11

1h 33m

Never-before-seen footage takes you straight into the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin embark on a historic trip to the moon.

English

Sun 9 Jun
09.10Doc/Fest 2019
Tiny Souls

Doc/Fest: Tiny Souls

1h 25m

After escaping the Syrian war, a free-spirited young girl and her family must navigate confined life, stranded in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

Arabic (With English subtitles)

Sun 9 Jun
09.20Doc/Fest 2019
Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You.

Doc/Fest: Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You.

1h 16m

A farewell letter, a furious lamentation to a mother, a land, a hero, a victim, a martyr. This is a symbolic social-political voyage of a society spiralling between religion, identity and collective memory.

English

Sun 9 Jun
11.20Doc/Fest 2019
A Wild Stream

Doc/Fest: A Wild Stream

1h 12m

Chilo and Omar live on a deserted beach, their lives seemingly cut off from the world. They fish to survive and at night they drink, swapping stories about their past.

Spanish (With English subtitles)

Sun 9 Jun
11.50Doc/Fest 2019
On the President's Orders

Doc/Fest: On The President's Orders

1h 12m

Shot like a Hollywood thriller, this visceral exposé lays bare the deadly heart of darkness behind Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte's single-minded war on drugs.

Tagalog, English (With English subtitles)

Sun 9 Jun
13.40Doc/Fest 2019
The Magic Life of V

Doc/Fest: The Magic Life of V

1h 27m

Veera transforms into the confident V through elaborate live-action role plays. The intense situations are helping her to confront memories of her often traumatic childhood in Finland.

Finnish, English (With English subtitles)

Sun 9 Jun
14.00Doc/Fest 2019
Mon 10 Jun
13.40Doc/Fest 2019
Sunrise With Sea Monsters

Doc/Fest: Sunrise With Sea Monsters

1h 11m

Sunrise With Sea Monsters follows a wandering desktop hard drive in a quest to explore the new methods and technologies being developed to store and preserve human knowledge for humanity in the future.

English

Sun 9 Jun
14.15Doc/Fest 2019
Block

Doc/Fest: BLOCK

1h 16m

During a country-wide blockade, striking Brazilian truckers hope military intervention will bring a solution. But when the army finally arrives to end the crisis, nothing goes quite as expected.

Portuguese (With English subtitles)

Sun 9 Jun
16.00Doc/Fest 2019
Talking About Adultery

Doc/Fest: Talking About Adultery

1h 12m

What does it mean to live in a committed relationship? Determined to probe the relationship between desire, love, and commitment Bara Jichova Tyson creatively intertwines collage, archive and confessional interviews with unseen subjects.

English

Sun 9 Jun
16.45Doc/Fest 2019
Baracoa

Doc/Fest: Baracoa

1h 30m

Bittersweet, closely observed blend of doc and fiction follows two Cuban boys, timid Lionel and volatile Antuan, roaming through their dying industrial town in the final, lazy days of summer.

Spanish (With English subtitles)

Sun 9 Jun
18.30Doc/Fest 2019
The Hottest August

Doc/Fest: The Hottest August

1h 35m

In the blazing heat of August, 2017, filmmaker Brett Story journeyed to all five boroughs of New York City asking people their thoughts and hopes for the future.

English

Sun 9 Jun
19.15Doc/Fest 2019
Tue 11 Jun
11.50Doc/Fest 2019
Focus/Shapes That Move: Praise The Lorde

Doc/Fest: Focus/Shapes That Move - Praise the Lorde

1h 11m

The great contribution of Audre Lorde's intellectual irreverence to the thinking of her contemporary and succeeding generations was profound. Three films explore her influence in Britain.

English

Sun 9 Jun
19.50Doc/Fest 2019
Dark Suns

Doc/Fest: Dark Suns

2h 34m

Director Juilan Elie's stark, unremitting epic offers a sweeping Shoah-like potency in its complex exploration behind the disappearances of thousands of Mexican men and women.

Spanish, English (With English subtitles)

Sun 9 Jun
21.05Doc/Fest 2019
Searching Eva

Doc/Fest: Searching Eva

1h 23m

Eva is used to sharing: for years, the young Italian’s life has been an open book to online viewers. In this boundary-pushing performative documentary we look for the real Eva.

English, German, Italian (With English subtitles)

Sun 9 Jun
22.00Doc/Fest 2019
Tue 11 Jun
21.00Doc/Fest 2019
Hey, Bro!

Doc/Fest: Hey, Bro!

1h 13m

Mark, 18, and Krill, 20, have only known one another a month, but together they head out on holiday to indulge in their passions for girls, dancing, cloud rap and skateboarding.

Russian (With English subtitles)

Sun 9 Jun
22.00Doc/Fest 2019
Border South

Doc/Fest: Border South

1h 23m

Hundreds of thousands of migrants cross Mexico annually, seeking new lives. Following the migrant trail are Gustavo, recovering from being shot by Mexican police, and Jason, who is examining the trail’s grisly remains.

Spanish, English (With English subtitles)

Mon 10 Jun
09.10Doc/Fest 2019
No Data Plan

Doc/Fest: No Data Plan

1h 10m

In this unusual travelogue, filmmaker Miko Revereza is an unnoticed passenger crossing America on an Amtrak train. His thoughts and overheard monologues paint a portrait of an America where nothing can be taken for granted.

English, Filipino (With English subtitles)

Mon 10 Jun
09.25Doc/Fest 2019
The Fortress

Doc/Fest: The Fortress

1h 24m

The Bucaramanga supporters are notorious football fans. Beside the stunning Andean Mountains, a group of young men make a long-distance pilgrimage to an away game, looking for trouble along the way.

Spanish (With English subtitles)

Mon 10 Jun
11.00Doc/Fest 2019
Queen of Lapa

Doc/Fest: Queen of Lapa

1h 13m

A proud transgender sex worker since the age of 11, Luana Muniz, now 59, shapes a new reality in her 'hostel' by housing a new generation of trans sex workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Portuguese (With English subtitles)

Mon 10 Jun
11.55Doc/Fest 2019
Doc/Fest 2019

Doc/Fest: Doc/Vision Shorts

1h 45m

Open your eyes to inspiring, radical artists, and bold cinematic visions.

Various (With English subtitles)

Mon 10 Jun
14.30Doc/Fest 2019
Memento Stella

Doc/Fest: Memento Stella

1h 50m

Director Takashi Makino coined the phrase "Memento Stella" to remind himself to "never forget that we too reside among the stars", so that perhaps we might find shared expression beyond the divisions that tear us apart.

No Dialogue

Mon 10 Jun
17.25Doc/Fest 2019
Focus/Shapes That Move - Operate Heavy Machinery

Doc/Fest: Focus/Shapes That Move - Operate Heavy Machinery

1h 4m

History has not always paid due recognition to the to the women who have been vital cogs keeping the machine turning. Here we honour the powerful women of the North: their mobilisation, resilience and innovation in the world of work.

English

Mon 10 Jun
19.15Doc/Fest 2019
Lima Screams

Doc/Fest: Lima Screams

1h 17m

Through alternative music, Lima Screams displays a constellation of moments that become intertwined and develop a musical dialogue within a space.

Spanish (With English subtitles)

Mon 10 Jun
19.35Doc/Fest 2019
Tue 11 Jun
17.00Doc/Fest 2019
Waiting for the Carnival

Doc/Fest Waiting for the Carnival

1h 26m

A small village in the Brazilian outback is considered the nation’s capital of jeans. It’s also a microcosm that depicts modern day capitalism and its transgressions.

Portuguese (With English subtitles)

Mon 10 Jun
21.50Doc/Fest 2019
Los Reyes

Doc/Fest: Los Reyes

1h 18m

In this creative observational documentary we see the Los Reyes skatepark in Santiago de Chile through the eyes of Chola and Football — two dogs who keep a bemused eye on the park’s goings-on.

Spanish (With English subtitles)

Mon 10 Jun
22.00Doc/Fest 2019
Tue 11 Jun
19.30Doc/Fest 2019
The Great Hack

Doc/Fest: The Great Hack

TBC 0m

The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to the personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.

English

Tue 11 Jun
09.45Doc/Fest 2019
Let It Burn

Doc/Fest: Let It Burn

1h 25m

Parque Dom Pedro Hotel in São Paulo opened its doors to over 100 people suffering from drug addiction and homelessness. Swinging between lucidity and intoxication, the residents tussle for love.

Portuguese (With English subtitles)

Tue 11 Jun
13.30Doc/Fest 2019
Midnight Traveler

Doc/Fest: Midnight Traveler

1h 27m

After filmmaker Hassan Fazili receives a Taliban death sentence, the Afghan director and his family seek asylum in western Europe, keeping a mobile phone diary of their perilous journey.

Farsi, English (With English subtitles)

Tue 11 Jun
14.45Doc/Fest 2019
Midnight Family

Doc/Fest: Midnight Family

1h 21m

A father and his sons spend almost every night operating their private ambulance in Mexico City; an unstable income in a low-employment crisis. With financial pressures, their priorities as first responders are compromised.

Spanish (With English subtitles)

Tue 11 Jun
17.45Doc/Fest 2019
Advocate

Doc/Fest: Advocate

1h 48m

Most Israelis call them ‘terrorists’. But Lea Tsemel calls her Palestinian clients ‘freedom fighters’. For decades she has taken on the impossible struggle of representing their humanity and motivations in court.

Hebrew, Arabic (With English Subtitles)

Tue 11 Jun
18.00Doc/Fest 2019
Marianne & Leonard

Doc/Fest: Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

1h 37m

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is a beautiful yet tragic love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.

English, Norwegian (With English subtitles)

Tue 11 Jun
20.30Doc/Fest 2019

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