Sheffield DocFest Selects

Sheffield DocFest Selects is our video on demand online Festival which offers you a curated programme of new films from all over the world, from our Official Selection 2021, across our competitions and strands: Opening and Closing Films, International Competition, UK Competition, Special Screenings, Into the World, Rebellions, Rhyme & Rhythm, Ghosts & Apparitions, Northern Focus, Retrospective and DocFest Exchange.

Selects will be available for booking for UK-based audiences from 12 May, with most films becoming available to watch for a 72-hour window between 4 - 13 June. Once you press play, you have 24-hours to complete your viewing but viewing will cut off when the 72-hour window ends. So make sure you press play with plenty of time to finish.

Please note that Sheffield DocFest Selects is restricted to audiences within the UK. If you are accessing Selects from outside the UK, you will not be able to see any booking options.

If you are from outside of the UK and part of the industry, our Online Industry Passes offer access to the Film Programme online as well as the Industry Programme. For more information, click here

You can access films from our Sheffield DocFest Selects programme in 2 ways:

Single Ticket - £5

View any available individual feature film, curated programme or live-streamed talk on Sheffield DocFest Selects.

Films will be available to book in advance and for up to 72 hours after their online release.

For those pre-booking a single film in advance of its release, your film will become automatically available to press play on for 72 hours at the scheduled screening time.

For those who book a film after its scheduled screening, you will be able to press play immediately until the 72 hour period ends.

Once you press play, you have 24-hours to complete your viewing. The viewing will cut off when the 72-hour window is up, so make sure you start with plenty of time to finish.

Livestreamed Talks are bookable in advance, with the live stream becoming available at its scheduled time.

To see the online films schedule, please click here.

DocFest Exchange - Free

Thanks to the generous support of Wellcome all films in the DocFest Exchange programme can be accessed free of charge.


Concessions are available for our Online DocLover for those who: - Have applied for or receive the UK’s Universal Credit, Job Seeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Carer’s Allowance - Are 60 or over as of 13 June 2021

Please email boxoffice [at] with information about your concessionary need to receive a discount code.


For answers to our most frequently asked questions about Sheffield DocFest Selects, click here.

For any questions not answered here or support with your Sheffield DocFest Selects experience, please contact us at boxoffice[at] We will respond as quickly as possible within office hours, 9:30 - 17:30 BST.