MEETMARKET is the flagship pitching initiative at Sheffield Doc/Fest designed to match documentary and interactive media-makers' most innovative project ideas with the key UK and international Decision Makers.
In 2014 we received 550 entries from 53 countries for MeetMarket. You can view the 64 projects selected for MeetMarket 2014 here and you can see which Decision Makers attendedhere.
If you are not selected for MeetMarket we offer many other marketplace opportunitiesincluding the Crossover Market which was open to all international applicants for the first time in 2014. If you'd like to discuss how your projects can benefit from any of the opportunities at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015, we'd be delighted to talk about it with you, so feel welcome to email us and discuss what help we can get you in our marketplace.
MEETMARKET AND CROSSOVER MARKET SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN APPLY HERE.
- MeetMarket is open to all documentary makers from any country. No prior credits are necessary.
- Your project can be at any stage of development, production, or post-production. We're no longer accepting completed projects - you should submit these to the Film Programme or Videotheque.
- Interactive factual/documentary; broadband, web-based, mobile phone/mobile device content, cross-platform and convergent media projects are also eligible and indeed highly encouraged, with specialised commissioners, funders and advisers present. Your project will be considered simultaneously for the new Crossover Market as well - please read the information about that market carefully and see if you are eligible.
- You can enter as many projects as you like, but we recommend you don't submit more than 5 because we're very unlikely to take more than 2 from any one company.
- Your projects must have international appeal and take an innovative/fresh approach to either the content, the execution of the idea or both.
- Your project may take any form or specialist focus, e.g. feature documentaries, television, series or specialised genres. Natural history, science and arts projects are very welcome.
- We also welcome projects looking to raise finance and distribute/exhibit their projects through alternative strategies including via crowdfunding, self/hybrid distribution and third sector support, as well as those with innovative outreach strategies. If your project fits this criteria, your project will be considered simultaneously for the new Crossover Market as well - please read the information about that market carefully and see if you are eligible.
- Projects do not need to have financing already in place.
The Crossover Market runs parallel to the MeetMarket. Twenty five digital media led projects will be selected from submissions to hold matchmade one-to-one meetings with funders, mentors, advisors and digital experts from across the world. This is not a one-size-fits-all market, we invite people for you to meet who best fit with your needs.
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 will feature a large range of pitch opportunities, offering thousands of pounds in funding and in-kind support for development, production and placements.
BFI Film Fund Pitch - In response to the groundswell in theatrical documentary proposals, the BFI has launched this new opportunity for filmmakers to access major documentary film funding from the BFI Film Fund, with twice yearly pitching opportunities in London and Sheffield.
Channel 4 First Cut Pitch - An opportunity for UK filmmakers to get a First Cut commission offer, plus mentorship and training. More information on how to apply will be available from 9 February.
Meet... Sessions - a chance for filmmakers to book one-to-one meetings with key international Decision Makers with very particular briefs.
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 also featured the following pitches:
BBC Fresh Pitch - Talent Search - For the very first time BBC Three Fresh Online offered commissions at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Six new filmmakers were offered the opportunity to pitch for £3,000 in funding for a 3-10 minute documentary on disability commissioned via a public pitch at the festival. Congratulations to the three winners.
Fast Track to Features Pitch - An exciting public pitch featuring six carefully-selected remaining projects, participating in what has been a 7-month long, UK-wide feature documentary training programme.
Mini MeetMarket - A unique opportunity for new and emerging documentary filmmakers to meet executive producers in an informal setting, get feedback on how one pitches, as well as pointers on what needs developing, where to go next, and how to improve one's chances of getting funding.
The New York Times OpDocs Pitch - the opportunity to make an online short for the New York Times' Op-Docs series with a budget of $5,000.
The Ramillas Sheffield Interactive Fund - All projects selected for the Crossover Market were considered for the first Ramillas Sheffield Interactive Fund, with the winning project awarded €3000.
The Soundology Breakthrough Pitch - £1,000 plus mentoring was on offer for new talent making a documentary on a subject close to the heart.
University of Sheffield Presents How To Pitch Your Academic Idea - the opportunity to pitch academic research as a documentary to a panel of producers and commissioners working for UK and international broadcasters specialising in subjects from science, history, social science and natural history to art, literature, religion and politics.
The Vice Rule Britannia Pitch - the opportunity to get a fully funded commission on VICE's flagship observational documentary strand, for a documentary set in the UK that runs between 20 and 45 minutes on VICE, and a chance for one's work to be seen by VICE's huge global audience.
Wellcome Trust Pitch - with awards of up to £10,000 for films that engage the audience with contemporary or historical biomedical science, in an innovative and accessible way.
The Zero Budget Pitch - For Documentary-makers working on a shoestring.
10x10- 10x10 is the free project development workshop which has become a staple of Doc/Fest's programme. Three filmmakers were selected to screen up to 10 minutes of their non-fiction works-in-progress and receive 10 minutes of directed feedback from the audience.