Sheffield Doc Fest announces its programme

Sheffield Doc Fest has announced its full programme, Alternate Realities exhibitions, and public Talks for its 30th edition that will take place in Sheffield, from14-19 June 2023.

What is to be expected are 37 World Premieres, 20 International Premieres, 10 European Premieres, 47 UK Premieres and 8 retrospective films, from 52 countries of production. Also included in the programme are an abridged verbatim play, 2 live podcast events, premieres of 3 TV series and virtual reality exhibitions.

Stand-out music documentaries include the world premiere of Wham!, the international premiere of TLC Forever, the international premiere of the Cyndi Lauper portrait, Let The Canary Sing and the World Premiere of Kim Longinotto and Franky Murray Brown’s Dalton’s Dream, which was part of the Sheffield DocFest MeetMarket in 2022.

The Alternate Realities exhibition includes a five-part VR series with acclaimed filmmakers Abel Ferrara, Tsai Ming-Liang, Catherine Hardwicke, Lee Myung-Se and Naomi Kawase. 

The festival visitors can also attend key Broadcaster talks such as the BBC Interview with actor, director, author and activist David Harewood; the ITV Interview with presenter Laura Whitmore to talk about her series Laura Whitmore Investigates; and the already announced Munya Chawawa talk which is supported by Channel 4 and done in association with Migration Matters Festival.

Compelling public talks from actor and Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winner Rose Ayling-Ellis, TV historian and producer David Olusoga and director Chris Smith, and extended Q&As featuring the final winner of X-Factor UK, Dalton Harris and activist and competition swimmer Sara Mardini.

The full Industry programme will be announced on 17 May.