Festival organisers said the event drew a record number of 1,545 film submissions and screened a record 154 films during its four-day run. All in all 1,300 delegates attended from 23 countries and there were 140 buyers and 250 speakers.
Highlights included the MeetMarket networking event that corralled industry professionals to discuss 385 projects, as well as a raft of contests.
Susannah Price beat out five other film-makers in the Channel 4 Pitch strand and will make a 24-minute film with a £50,000 ($76,499) budget for Channel 4's documentary new talent strand First Cut.
The Wallflower Press Award is a new award honouring the best student documentary in the programme and the winner was Rokhsareh Ghaemmagham of Tehran Art University for Cyanosis. Special mention went to 12 Notes Down directed by Andreas Koefoed from the Danish Film School.
The inaugural Wellcome Trust Broadcast Development Awards Pitch bestowed a £10,000 ($15,299) grant on Kate Vines from Renegade Pictures with Supersurgeons On A Knife's Edge and Lisa Fairbank from Lambent Productions with Brighton To Lusaka.
In The Crossover Pitch winner and recipient of a £5,000 ($7,649) development grant was Mint Digital's Andy Bell and Maverick Television's Jim Sayer for Lunchtime Loveboat.
The festival ran from November 5-9. For further details visit www.sheffdocfest.com.