From one-to-one meetings to group discussions, this year’s Marketplace sessions provided a range of opportunities to meet with Decision Makers. Scroll down for full details on all events.

All Marketplace sessions took place at our brand-new Marketplace venue Cutlers' Hall. Registered delegates were invited to sign-up for the events.



The following events took place as part of a larger programme of events focused on distribution and sales. Click here for more information about Sales Sunday. 

Round Table: Distribution and Sales

The Sales Sunday Round Table invited delegates to meet with distribution and sales professionals through informal group discussions. This session was aimed at filmmakers with a film at a late of finished stage, wanting to get advice and inspiration on finding the right audiences for their films.

Decision Makers:

Ruth Diskin Ruth Diskin Films | Irena Taskovski Taskovski Films | Mat Levy Passion River Films | Frauke Knappke MAGNETFILM | Katy Cundall DRG | Isabelle Graziadey Terranoa | Sean Wheatley FremantleMedia International | Philippa Kowarsky Cinephil | Elina Kewitz NEW DOCS | Diana Holtzberg & Cynthia Kane East Village Entertainment | Daniel Cantagallo Cargo Film & Releasing 



10-Minute Meets: Distribution and Sales

This event brought together distribution and sales professionals with delegates for short 10-minute one-to-one meetings, which were pre-booked and match-made by the Doc/Fest Marketplace team. 

Decision Makers:

Vesna Cudic Dogwoof | Tracy Beckett PBS International | Jan Daae DR Sales | Kathryn Bonnici Java Films | David Hooper Espresso TV | Sue Turley ro*co films




This session format invited delegates to meet with decision makers through informal group discussions. Running for 90 minutes, the session featured six tables with one Decision Maker at each table. During the course of the event, the delegates met with all attending Decision Makers for 15-minute group meetings.


Funds and Foundations

This session focused on funding: filmmakers met funders and foundation representatives who outline the specifics of their funding remits, along with their dos and don'ts when applying for grants. This session was a chance to learn more about the available funding opportunities, and to ask questions directly from funding experts.

Decision Makers:

Luke Moody BRITDOC Foundation | Jose Rodriguez Tribeca Film Institute | John Van Wyck Cinereach | Bruni Burres Sundance Institute | Lisa Kleiner Chanoff Catapult Film Fund | Sarah Dillon Irish Film Board


Short Form

Keen on finding audiences for your short documentary? Want to know more about the curatorial decisions behind some of the leading short form platforms? Interested in learning more about funding opportunities for short form documentary storytelling? This session featured the leading online exhibition channels, and invited delegates to come and meet with the professionals who run them.

Decision Makers:

Jordan McGarry Vimeo | Max Gogarty BBC | Charlie Phillips & Jess Gormley The Guardian | Anna Higgs NOWNESS | Matt Diegan Just So London Postcards | Avi Grewal & Dawn Davis Condé Nast Video

Series and Formats

Bringing together TV commissioners and producers, this round table offered a unique opportunity to learn more about current demands within the industry for ideas and concepts for series and formats. This group session was a forum for the Decision Makers to outline just how they’re currently working with series, and a chance for delegates to build a better understanding of how their projects and ideas would fit these requirements.

Decision Makers:

Carolyn Payne National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) | Donna Clark BBC | Koulla Anastasi A+E Networks UK | Thomas Heurlin Impact TV | Julie Anderson Thirteen/WNET/PBS | Diarmuid Jeffreys Al Jazeera English


Festivals – with Documentary Campus

Sheffield Doc/Fest in collaboration with Documentary Campus presented this round table session, which featured documentary festivals and markets from Europe, North America and South America. This was an opportunity for delegates to learn more about what these organisations and events can do to get a documentary idea on the market and in front of audiences. 

Decision Makers:

Austin Nauert SXSW | Shane Smith Hot Docs | Sebastian Sorg DOK.fest Munich | Inti Cordera DOCSDF | Flor Rubina Chile Doc | Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen IDFA | Katrine Kiilgaard CPH:DOX | Matt Colgan & Javier Lopez ReedMidem


Feature Docs for Cinema and TV

This session welcomed Decision Makers who commission and fund documentary projects, to come and share information about how they work with feature length documentaries. This was an opportunity for the experts to outline the role of feature length stories in their programming, and a chance for delegates to gain a better understanding of the process behind getting their films included in the attending broadcasters programmes.

Decision Makers:

Jo Lapping BBC Storyville | Claudia Buscher ARTE G.E.I.E.| Joseph Maxwell SBS | Mette Hoffmann Meyer Danish Broadcasting Corporation DR | Charlotte Gry Madsen SVT | Aira Planting NRK




This was a a one-to-one Marketplace session format where delegates met with Decision Makers for short 10-minute meetings. Each session focused on a particular topic, and featured Decision Makers representing that part of the industry. These were match-made sessions where Decision Makers were brought together with those delegates that were most relevant to them. 


Issue Driven and Having an Impact

This 10-Minute Meets session was designed for anyone interested in learning more about how to create impactful documentary productions. The session featured professionals involved in supporting productions in different ways and at different stages of production; from funding and distribution representatives and NGOs to communication and engagement professionals.

Jennifer MacArthur Borderline Media | Sarah Anderson Chicken and Egg Pictures | Kelsey Koenig Impact Partners | Jess Crombie Save the Children | Fabio Basone Médecins Sans Frontières | Jon Reiss Hybrid Cinema

Arts and Culture

This 10-Minute Meets session focused on TV commissioners specialising in arts and culture topics, and features an international group of experts. This is an excellent event for anyone wanting to know more about how broadcasters in for instance Australia, Central Europe and the Nordic Countries approach arts and culture content in their programming, and an opportunity for delegates to briefly introduce themselves and their projects to the professionals.

Marijke Huijbregts AVROTROS | Mandy Chang ABC | Emma Cahusac BBC | Daniel Pynnönen SVT | Karen Michael Arte France | Pegah Farahmand Channel 4 

Interactive and Virtual Reality

Delegates were invited to meet one-to-one with a diverse group of experts in the interactive, transmedia and virtual reality sector of the industry. The attending experts represent technological and cultural institutions, broadcasters and other digital institutions, and met with delegates to share information and advice.

Sarah Wolozin Massachusetts Institute of Technology | John MacFarlane POV | Clint Beharry & Lauren Hanson The Harmony Institute | David Oppenheim National Film Board of Canada | Lili Blumers ARTE France | Missy Laney BitTorrent



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