What is Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects?

For UK-based audiences, Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects offered a curated programme of films from all over the world, from our Official Selection 2020, across the following film strands: Into the World, Rebellions, Rhyme & Rhythm, Ghosts & Apparitions and the Exchange.

Our 2020 programme ended on Thursday 26 November.

Those in their 10-ten rental periods can still access their films through My Library in the top right-hand corner dropdown of any Selects page.

How long were the films available for?

Films from our autumn programme were available for booking until Thursday 26 Nov.

Those in their 10-ten rental periods can still access their films through My Library in the top right-hand corner dropdown of any Selects page.

Where are the films I have paid for?

You can see the films you have paid for in your ‘Library’ in the drop-down menu under your signed-in name on the top right of any Selects screen.

Is there a guide where I can read about all the films?

Yes! To download the Selects Guide - a PDF catalogue of films with introductions from curators of the programme click here

Can I watch films from anywhere in the world?

No, you must be located within the UK to watch films on Selects. If you are not located within the UK, you will not see a watch or play button on Selects.

I can’t see a Watch Button on the film I want?

If there is no Watch button on the film’s info page, you may be trying to watch from outside the UK. Selects is geo-blocked to UK-based audiences. It may also be available only as part of a packaged ticket. Films in a collected package will have a link to the purchase page from their individual films page.

How do I buy a ticket and view a film?

First, register an account by clicking the “Create Account” button at the top right of the screen. Search for a film in the search bar or the Browse A-Z dropdown. Click the film thumbnail image to be taken to the film’s main page. From there you can click the “Watch” button, and you will be taken to a pop-up window where you can add your credit or debit card details (or promo code if you have one). The film is added to your library and will be available to view following its cinema screening. The date of availability will be listed on the film’s thumbnail in your library. Once available, the film’s rental period will be 10 days. Once you click play you have 30 hours to complete viewing the film. During that time you can watch as many times as you like. If you wish to view the film after these 30 hours have passed, you will need to purchase the film again.

Films can be watched in the following browsers: Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Safari. For more information on technical requirements, please visit the page here.

What kind of tickets are available?

Tickets are our 2020 programme are no longer available.

What payment methods are accepted?

All major debit and credit cards including Visa, Mastercard and AMEX are accepted

Can I save films to a list?

Yes, click the ‘Add to My List Button’ on a film page or thumbnail, which will save the film to ‘My List’. You can find ‘My List’ under the dropdown for your account in the top right of any page of Selects.

Will there be any Q&As with the filmmakers?

There will be Q&As and introductions from filmmakers added to Selects, free to watch, over the course of the autumn programme. These are available on our Bonus Content page here.

Can I download films to my computer?

No, the films are not available for download.

Do the films have age ratings?

We screen films before their distribution meaning that most films will not have been age certified in the UK. For this reason, we recommend that Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects is accessible to those aged 18+ only.

Can I watch the films on my TV?

A limited number of smart TVs built-in web browsers are compatible with Selects due to the Digital Rights Management system used.

Due to the recent update by our platform provider you cannot Chromecast at this time

For more information on technical requirements, please visit the page here.



Can I watch on different devices?

When you watch a film, the device you use is registered with the Selects. You can register up to 3 different devices. You can manage the devices on your account at ‘My Devices’ under the ‘Signed In As’ dropdown in the top right of any page of Selects.

Will my internet be fast enough?

You will need a broadband or fibre internet connection - dial-up will not work. If you can watch Netflix or Amazon Prime, you should be able to watch Selects films.

For further technical help, click here

How can I contact you if my question isn’t answered here?

Please email boxoffice [at] sheffdocfest.com or call +44 (0)114 276 5141. We will get back to you as soon as possible within office hours, Monday - Friday 9:30 - 17:30 BST.