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About Sheffield Global Cinema Festival

FESTIVAL THEME: Overlooked and Hidden Lives

These are the lives of people from the margins, people whose stories need to be told. The narratives can be of suffering and endurance. The culminations may be marked by triumph or tragedy. At the same time, the lives of women and men from the mainstream often have hidden aspects that make for compelling stories. These stories may be comic or serious in tone, but in both cases examination through film and in screenplays can produce profound insight. Filmmakers and screenwriters need not hold too tightly to the theme of this festival. Loose connections, unexpected connections. and most of all connections that make the viewer think long after the screen has gone dark – all are welcome.

Adaptations from stage plays and novels will be accepted if rights are owned or unencumbered. We are looking for all sorts of films including features, shorts, and TV pilots. We want strong screenplays. There are special categories for student work when filmmakers and screenwriters can prove student status.

History –  Understanding of Sheffield’s history and culture has grown and changed in recent years. Sheffield has long been known as STEEL CITY where men tended huge open-hearth furnaces, Sheffield now honours its WOMEN OF STEEL in the bronze statue of a pair of women steel workers, a statue that commemorates women’s labour during World Wars I and II.  

Culture –  Sheffield is home to four theatres, most notably THE CRUCIBLE. Its shows include some rooted in the history of Sheffield, such as STANDING AT THE SKI’S EDGE.  Sheffield has four downtown cinemas and a difficult chapter in the history of Sheffield as Steel City is memorialised in the film comedy THE FULL MONTY. The city is the home of THE ARCTIC MONKEYS, who include references to places like Hunter’s Bar. 

A UNIVERSITY CITY - Although steel is still produced in Sheffield, the city has as its main employer two large universities - SHEFFIELD and SHEFFIELD HALLAM.


Visit country houses and walk in the Peak District


Sheffield is at the centre of a group of country houses called “the dukeries”. These include Chatsworth House, where PRIDE AND PREJUDICE was filmed. 

The Peak District is a large national park at the southern end of the Pennine mountains. Many of its best walks are reached by the slow train to Manchester. The Peak contains the wild moorland that Charlotte Bronte had in mind for JANE EYRE.