ReConnect with Documentary:

  • 135 filmsincluding seven German Documentaries— 38 World Premieres, 22 International Premieres, 11 European Premieres including new works by Emma Davie, Werner Herzog, Rodrigo Reyes.
  • 5 World Premieres, 6 International Premieres, 3 European Premieres in the Alternate Realities programme of technologically innovative non-fiction and immersive documentaries including new works by Jad Abumrad, Dries Depoorter and Rachel Briscoe.
  • Headline talks from Guest Curator Asif Kapadia with editor Chris King; Brett Morgen (Moonage Daydream), Pratibha Parmar (My Name is Andrea) and David Olusoga: (StoryTrails).
  • Key Broadcaster talks include the BBC Interview: with the renowned journalist, newsreader and presenter; Clive Myrie; the Channel 4 Interview: with Will Young who will be discussing the recent documentary Losing My Twin Rupert; and the ITV Interview: with the British Paralympian swimmer, Ellie Simmonds.
  • 3 Live Pitches in the Industry programme: The Whickers Pitch, Channel 4 First Cut Pitch, and BBC Three Northern Docs Pitch. Works in Progress screenings, networking events and more.
  • Memories Spotlight: Premiering of the French, English, Swiss, US-American co-production THE FIRE WITHIN: REQUIEM FOR KATIA AND MAURICE KRAFFT followed by a conversation with the director Werner Herzog, a pioneer of New German Cinema
    'Mt. Unzen, Kyushu, Japan. At 3:18pm, on June 3rd 1991, a pyroclastic flow – a cloud of superheated gases and particles – descended at over 100mph from the peak of the volcano, consuming everything in its path. It instantly killed Katia and Maurice Krafft, volcanologists and filmmakers from the Alsace region in France... The Kraffts left an archive of over 200 hours of footage, unprecedented in its spectacular and hypnotic beauty. Werner Herzog who had access to the entire archive, created a film that cannot be categorized. It is not a biography. It is a rather a requiem celebrating the legacy of Katia and Maurice Krafft.' source: AMR.  4K, 90mins, produced by Brian Leith Productions , Bonne Pioche TelevisionTitan Films, edited by Marco Capalbo, scored by Ernst Reijseger, written and narrated by Werner Herzog. Sales Agent/International Distribution: Jonathan Ford, Abacus Media Rights
  • #StandWithUkraine: Ukraine focus: 'Password Palianytsia' as well as five Ukrainian projects in the MeetMarket project selection.
  • The 17th edition of the pitching forum, the MeetMarket, is taking place on 27-28 of June 2022 with 35 international documentary projects in development or at production stage, to be pitched in one-to-one meetings to international and UK decision-makers and experts. The event will be staged in-person for the first time since 2019 and will move online in the days following the Festival.
  • The Juries include BAFTA-winning filmmakers Emma Davie and Cherish Oteka, RTS-winning composer Nainita Desai and renowned lawyer and human rights advocate Philippe Sands, QC.
    — International Competition Jury: Emma Davie, Ike Nnaebue & Raymond Phathanavirangoon;
    International First Feature Competition Jury: Roman Bondarchuk, Nainita Desai & Natasha Gadd;
    — International Short Film Competition Jury: Zeynep Güzel, Cherish Oteka & Saskia Wilson;
     Tim Hetherington Award Jury: Elena Consentino, Akuol De Mabior & Philippe Sands;
     Alternate Realities Award Jury: Dr Rob Eagle, Sherani Fernando & Irini Papadimitirou;
     Youth Jury: Emma Morgan-Bennett, Esme Haddrill Selman, Hannah Jackson, Mie Murasa & Xaymaca Awoyungbo.
    Winners will be revealed during the Awards Ceremony at Sheffield City Hall's Memorial Hall on Tuesday 28 June.



LineUp of german documentaries @ 29 Sheffield DocFest


MeetMarket Projects with German participation:

  • THE JOURNALIST AND THE JAILER [WT] > THE JOURNALIST AND HER JAILERS by Adithya Sambamurthy, P: Alex Tondowski [Germany]
    Luna Watfa, a Syrian journalist living as a refugee in Germany, reports on the men who oversaw her detention and abuse, at the world’s first trial against members of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, for crimes against humanity.
  • TIME HUNTER by Daniel Chein, Mark Mushiva, P: Daniel Chein, Mark Mushiva, David Felix Sutcliffe, [Namibia, Germany, USA]  
    A revolutionary agent is dispatched to steal technology from his colonial oppressors to use against them. Can he help his people without losing himself in the maze of the diaspora?





UKRAINE FOCUS @ Sheffield DocFest, June 23—28 June, 2022

Sheffield DocFest in solidarity with Ukraine Password: Palianytsia launch a collaborative documentary programme with Docudays UA, which will launch the British Council and Ukrainian Institute's 'UK/Ukraine Season of Culture'. The focus will launch with the World Premiere of One Day in Ukraine, by media activist and filmmaking collective Babylon'13. This co-created film centres on a single day during the war in Ukraine, March 14 2022.

The Ukraine focus includes work across the Film programme, Alternate Realities exhibition, Industry programme and Talks & Sessions with:

  • 4 feature documentaries in the Official Selection
    FRAGILE MEMORY by Igor Ivanko, Ukraine, Slovakia
     ONE DAY IN UKRAINE by Volodymyr Tykhyy, Ukraine, Poland
     OUTSIDE by Olha Zhurba, Ukraine, Netherlands, Denmark
     OVERCOMING THE DARKNESS by Kinodopomoga, Ukraine
  • 4 feature documentaries from Docudays UA Official Competition
    Docudays UA is the leading international human rights documentary film festival in Ukraine. Prevented from taking place in Kyiv in March this year, due to the war, Docuday’s presents the four Ukrainian films in its Official Competition selection at Sheffield DocFest:
     PLAI. A MOUNTAIN PATH by Eva Dzhyshyashvili
     PRYVOZ byEva Neymann
  • Docudays curated screening with talk that contextualises Russia’s current military aggression against Ukraine, looking at how Ukrainian documentary filmmakers have experienced and comprehended the years since the Revolution of Dignity (Maidan), follows the screening of two films:
     PEACE & TRANQUILITY by Myro Klochko 
     BONEY PILES by Taras Tomenko
  • VR, art and TikTok works in our Alternate Realities exhibition
    Alternate Realities exhibits and showcases innovative non-fiction and immersive documentary in all forms with a flagship exhibition at Sheffield’s Site Gallery and other works across the city.
  • 5 projects in development selected for our MeetMarket
     INTERCEPTED by Oksana Karpovych, Producers: Giacomo Nudi, Rocío Barba Fuentes, Ukraine/Canada
     IVAN & MARTA A DAY BEFORE THE WAR by Sergey Bukovsky, Producer: Oksana Ivaniouk, Ukraine
     SHUT THE FUCK UP! by Taisiia Kutuzova, Producers: Stephane Siohan, Olga Beskhmelnytsina, Ukraine/France
     UP IN THE AIR by Oksana Syhareva, Producers: Oksana Syhareva, Nataliia Pogudina, Karla Stojakova, Ukraine/CzechRepublic
  • 3 projects in Works-in-Progress in partnership with Ukrainian Institute
     EXPEDITION 49 by Alisa Kovalenko, Producers: Stephane Siohan, Valery Kalmykov, Tomek Morawski, Ukraine/France/Poland
     FRAGMENTS OF ICE by Maria Stoianova, Producers: Alina Gorlova, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Ukraine
     IRON BUTTERFLIES by Roman Liubiy, Ukraine/Germany/France

This comprehensive programme is an expression of solidarity with Ukraine. It provides a powerful encounter with contemporary Ukrainian life – including the horrific reality of this war. It creates a space in which Ukrainian filmmakers and artists can continue to have their work seen, develop new projects, and keep Ukrainian culture alive.


as single page:
29 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2022
28 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2021
27 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2020
26 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2019
25 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2018
24 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2017

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Last but not least, the 2022 Festival Report by Sheffield DocFest from September 8, 2022:
After two years of significant pandemic impact, we were delighted to 'reconnect' with the documentary community and audiences alike in Sheffield. The Festival attracted 25,424 in-person attendances, as well as a further 4,899 admissions online. We welcomed public audiences from Sheffield (61%), Yorkshire (12%) and across the UK (27%); and 47% of our public audiences attended the Festival for the first time.
We screened 135 films from 55 countries; 29 projects were exhibited in our Alternate Realities programme; we presented headline talks from Guest Curator Asif Kapadia with Chris King, Brett Morgen, Pratibha Parmar and David Olusoga; and broadcaster talks included interviews with Clive Myrie, Will Young, and Ellie Simmonds.


Editor germdocumentaries Ingrid Molnar