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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 offered many pitch opportunities, with substantial amounts of funding, in-kind support and opportunities up for grabs, for a wide range of different kinds of factual projects. 

2016 Festival Pitches & Competitions

The Whicker's World Foundation Funding Award - The Whicker's World Foundation is awarding £80,000 to the most promising pitch for an authored documentary for a filmmaker under 30, with a £10,000 award granted to a runner-up. This pitch has now opened for 2017, find out how to apply here.

BFI Film Fund Pitch - The BFI Film Fund Pitch is returning to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016, with a shortlist of up to eight projects invited to present at a private pitching session for development or production funding. This pitch has now closed.

The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch - The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch is back! Once again First Cut will be offering five new directors the chance to pitch at the festival and one winner will walk away with a commission from Channel 4 for their first 60’ film. 

Winner: Ross Bolidai

The Guardian Documentaries Pitch - Back for a second pitch at Doc/Fest, The Guardian is offering delegates the chance to pitch ideas for short documentaries and get £5,000 towards their film and an online premiere on The Guardian website, visited by 140 million monthly browsers. 

Winner: Maurice O'Brien, 'Hurling Refugees'

IBT Climate Change Pitch - International Broadcasting Trust is offering £4,000 in development funding for a project that can engage the public with the challenging issue of climate change. 

Winner: Jared Scott, 'Windfall

ITN Source Short Film Competition - Once again ITN Source is opening up their archive to provide entrants with free access to footage to make their short film. The top 3 films will be screened at the Festival and the winner will be presented with a cheque for £1,000 at the Doc/Fest Awards evening. 

Winner: James Arthur Armstrong, 'Ferguson, Missouri'

The VICE Rule Britannia Pitch- VICE returns to Doc/Fest to offer ambitious, distinctive filmmakers a chance to win a £25,000 commission with in-house support and production. The winning film will be premiered across VICE’s network to millions around the globe. 

Winner: Shelley Jones & Jamie Jones

The ARRI Short Film Competition - Are you up for making a three-minute short in three days, and for it to be shown and voted for in front a huge audience at the awards ceremony? The winner will be awarded £3,000 from ARRI, discounted passes to Doc/Fest 2017 and a place on the ARRI Lighting Academy in London worth £750. 

Winner: Richard Elson, '78 Ways To Breathe Out'

Mini-MeetMarket: Meet the Execs - A unique opportunity for new and emerging documentary filmmakers to meet Executive Producers and pitch their idea in an intimate roundtable environment at Sheffield Doc/Fest. This pitch has now closed.

10x10: The Doc-in-Progress Workshop - Screen up to 10 minutes of your non-fiction work-in-progress and receive 10 minutes of directed feedback from an amazing Doc/Fest audience of your filmmaking peers. This pitch has now closed.

Sheffield Doc/Fest & Site Gallery Virtual Reality Commission - We are offering £5000 for an artist(s) based anywhere in the world to create an imaginative virtual reality documentary work to be installed and presented as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest taking place 10 – 15 June 2016. Submissions are now closed.

The Just So Film Fund 'Postcards' - During 2016 the Just So Film Fund will award 12 grants of up to £5,000 to filmmakers and a home on the Postcards platform. The second round of applicatons has now closed.

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If you have any general queries about future pitch opportunities, please email marketplace@sidf.co.uk