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Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects

Full access £36/£30 concession. £18 per strand. Individual films £4.50/£3 concession. Exchange films/Q&As free

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Delve into some of the best new documentary films from around the world, as Sheffield Doc/Fest launches its video-on-demand platform this June. Introducing Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects – an online programme of films, with pay-per-view and subscription options, available for one month, from 10 June–10 July 2020.

The Doc/Fest 2020 Official Selection features a total of 115 films from 50 different countries, and 49 different spoken languages, across five film strands: Into the World, Rebellions, Ghosts & Apparitions, Rhyme & Rhythm, and the Exchange. A portion of the Official Selection films is available to stream on Doc/Fest Selects now, with more to follow in autumn 2020 both in the cinema in Sheffield and on Doc/Fest Selects. Keep an eye out for Q&As and introductions from filmmakers added to Selects over the course of the month.

Click here to access Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects

How it works
Register for an account, browse for a film, click “Watch”, and enter your payment details. The film will then appear in your Library – once you click "play" you have 30 hours to complete viewing the film (you can watch it as many times as you like within those 30 hours).


  • Full access to everything – £36/£30 concession
  • Tickets for full strands – £18 per strand
  • Individual films – £4.50/£3 concession
  • Doc/Fest Exchange – free

There are a limited number of tickets for each film on Selects (excluding Doc/Fest Exchange films) – once a film sells out, it will no longer be available to watch as an individual film.

Follow the links below to find out more about each strand in the Doc/Fest Selects programme:

Into the World – films with essential themes that affect all of us, exploring our past, present and collective future.

Rebellions – films that try to decipher the world while being an agent of change: either through the promise of revolution by both collective and individual beings, as an act of resistance and protection, or as a refusal to forget.

Ghosts & Apparitions – reflecting on how history and memory are materialised through the language of film. Exploring how we can make visible what is invisible, and questioning what documentary can be.

Rhyme & Rhythm – where cinema and other art forms meet, whether through performance, visual art, or music.

Exchange – a free programme in partnership with Vídeo nas Aldeias, reflecting the diversity of the indigenous communities living in Brazilian territories.

Retrospective: Reimagining the Land – this programme reasserts the primacy of the land as a critical way of thinking about the world and about its various crises. Coming in autumn.

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