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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar is now focused on promoting virtual events. Helping you continue to enjoy art and culture from Sheffield, at home.

The Spiegeltent

Thu. 17 September 2020 — Sun. 27 September 2020

Tune in to the Festival of the Mind's virtual Spiegeltent – an online recreation of the magic of this glorious venue, hosting a daily programme of inspiring and thought-provoking podcasts, live-streamed discussions and readings, films and more.

Sound For Film

Wed. 30 September 2020

Led by Lee Affen, this workshop will explore the relationship between sound and film. You will look at how sound can change the meaning of a piece of film, and create your own mix using sound clips and film provided.

White Riot

Fri. 25 September 2020 — Thu. 1 October 2020

Showroom

Director Rubika Shah's energising film charts the vital protest movement Rock Against Racism, formed in 1976 prompted by 'music's biggest colonialist' Eric Clapton and his support of racist MP Enoch Powell. A relevant history lesson for our times.

E.D.E.N. Digital – Masterclasses

Multiple dates

A series of free online masterclasses for the LGBTQ+ community, hosted by established filmmakers Campbell X, Rikki Beadle-Blair, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor and Brett Chapman.

Barking Dogs Never Bite

Fri. 25 September 2020 — Thu. 1 October 2020

Showroom

The 2000 debut from Bong Joon-Ho, who earlier this year delivered the multi-award-winning Parasite, is now released in the UK for the first time. A dark comedy of errors, following the interconnected lives of residents in a faceless apartment block.

Miss Juneteenth

Fri. 25 September 2020 — Thu. 1 October 2020

Showroom

Winner of the Miss Juneteenth title (commemorating the day slavery was abolished in Texas) and single mum Turquoise attempts to get her rebellious teenage daughter to follow in her footsteps, in this warmhearted and beautifully observed indie movie.

Monsoon

Fri. 25 September 2020 — Thu. 1 October 2020

Showroom

Kit (Henry Golding) returns to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time since his family fled in the aftermath of the Vietnam-American war. Monsoon is a touching and thoughtful film reflecting on displacement and cultural alienation.

BFI London Film Festival 2020

Wed. 7 October 2020 — Sun. 18 October 2020

Showroom

This year's BFI Festival will feature screenings in cinemas around the UK – including Sheffield's own Showroom. Opening with Mangrove from Steve McQueen and closing with Ammonite from Francis Lee. Plus virtual premieres available via the BFI Player.

Spirit of Independence Film Festival

Thu. 15 October 2020 — Mon. 19 October 2020

A micro-budget film festival celebrating the best in fiercely independent film making from around the world. The 2020 event would have taken place at Sheffield's Abbeydale Picture House but will now be online.

Acting For Film (Tools Of The Trade)

Wed. 21 October 2020

Kehinde Bankole has played roles in Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, blockbuster films in Nigeria, and ia Netflix Original series by Akin Omotoso. In this workshop she equips aspiring and upcoming actors with skills that have enabled her success.

Sheffield Doc/Fest Autumn Programme

Fri. 2 October 2020 — Sun. 15 November 2020

Four weekenders from the documentary film festival, taking place each fortnight from 2nd October – at the Showroom as well as online. Each weekend will include a selection of films, talks and a digital art exhibition at Site Gallery.

Presentation

Fri. 27 November 2020

Utopia Theatre presents a biographical film on Michael Henry, ahead of the musical director, vocalist and composer’s In Conversation event taking place on Friday 4th December.

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.

The Perfect Candidate

A tale of one woman's quest to challenge not only the system but also herself, and the second film by Haifaa Al-Mansour (the Saudi director of 2012's charming and groundbreaking Wadjda). Rent it online and send proceeds towards our beloved Showroom.

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.

Lloyd Stewart 'Lloydie' – Sheffield Bodybuilding Legend

Lloyd Stewart has been a well-known and respected part of Sheffield’s boxing, bodybuilding and gym community since the 1960s. Watch this short documentary about 'Lloydie' by Museums Sheffield, from Weston Park Museum's display on his accomplishments.

Quarantine Film Club

Join Sheffield Transformed for their Quarantine Film Club, a series of films on political themes that you enjoy from home in the online company of others.

Adventure On Demand

Revisit former years at ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) and support filmmakers, with the festival's guides to adventure films that are available to rent online.

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.

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.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 1

The first in a series of free online film lists for your home viewing adventures, curated by Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF). Featuring skiing against a solar eclipse, freerunning on the Isle of Man, and more.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 2

Another week, another roundup of top adventure films to enjoy for free! This week's list from the ShAFF team covers awe-inspiring places, traversing the Canadian Rockies by paraglider, a beautiful story about an ageing climber, and more.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 3

Ready for an adventure, or five? This week's list of free online films courtesy of ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) includes Greenland explorers, a colourful ultra run, Antarctica climbing epicness, and more.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 4

Follow an ultra runner to victory on Mont-Blanc. Visit a little known Cumbiran crag. Get to know the people who make an aid station happen. See cycling on the rooftops of Gran Canaria. Join a pro kayaker as they paddle over Niagara Falls.

The Runaways

A new Sheffield-made family adventure film, following three kids on the run with a couple of donkeys – now available to watch online.

Drift Project: Cargo Station

A film from Taiwan's Performosa Theatre, entangling family histories and stories about drifting within Asian islands. From economic immigration to war turmoil, time is used to look at the unsolved refugee crises, history and geography.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 5

Another dose of adrenaline from the ShAFF team. This week's online films feature moments of reflection 1200m off the ground, a bikepacking journey to the very north-west tip of Scotland, one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges, and more.

Sheffield Adventures – your city is a film set

Tue. 21 July 2020 — Wed. 31 July 2030

As a film fan, you might think movies only get made in places like London, Paris and New York, but films and TV are made in Sheffield all the time. Can you make one too?

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 6

A week's worth of adventure films from ShAFF. Featuring paragliding over the Alaska Range, a look at skiing and climate change, a crack climb, a fun ride around rural Scotland, and one of the oldest and toughest mountain races in the world.