On screen factual talent

Are you an expert in a field such as science, engineering, politics or the arts?

Have you ever considered a career in television? Could you be the next Brian Cox, Lucy Worsley or Liz Bonnin?

Would you like to be coached in how to pitch yourself to TV professionals and then given the opportunity to do so?

Do you want to make new connections and spark collaborations with TV broadcasters and producers?

On-Screen Talent Market returns for a second edition of this bespoke initiative, which provides a unique meeting forum for talented experts and television professionals.


What is On-Screen Talent Market?

On-Screen Talent Market is a Sheffield Doc/Fest initiative to connect potential on-screen talent with producers, commissioners, and Decision Makers looking for fresh faces for their programmes.  

Launched in 2016, it includes pitch training and industry sessions for academics and experts to hone their skills in presenting themselves to the media, ahead of one-to-one meetings with television executives.  

Last year’s edition featured an intensive morning programme giving insight into the industry via first-hand encounters with established professionals, followed by an afternoon of 130 match-made meetings with 16 of the UK’s leading development producers. Full details on last year’s programme can be found here.

We are looking for new on-screen talent from a diverse range of fields, whether it be science and engineering, or arts and humanities, or anything in between.

Meetings between selected talent and Decision Makers will take place on Wednesday 14 June at Sheffield Doc/Fest.


Who is it for?

- You should want to share your expertise as part of a team providing factual programming for television, in both on-screen and advisory roles.

-You might be an academic with expertise in a particular area, or a professional working in a specific field, for example science, politics, or engineering.

- You may have some experience in broadcast media – this is however by no means a pre-requisite for consideration.

- You should be a confident and engaging communicator.

- We are looking for talented individuals and encourage applications from all genders, ages, ethnicities and those with disabilities.

- You should be working and living in the UK and be over 18 years old.


How to apply

Applications for On-Screen Talent Market are now open!

To apply, please download and complete this application form and send it along with a high-resolution headshot to Marketplace Sessions Coordinator Jenni Tuovinen, jenni.tuovinen@sidf.co.uk.

Applications close on Wednesday 3 May 2017 at 12midnight GMT.

If you are selected for the Market, you will be required to pay a fee of £90+VAT for the full programme, this includes the training as well as one-to-one meetings with television executives.

Selected talent will also be given the opportunity if they wish to purchase a Full Festival Pass at a discounted rate of £199+VAT (reduced from £299+VAT) to grant access to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017. A Full Festival Pass gives access to the Film Programme, Alternate Realities programme, Talks & Sessions, Marketplace, Doc/Player and all social events and parties. *Note. If you have already purchased a pass to the Festival we will be unable to refund this.


Programme overview

On-Screen Talent Market takes places on Wednesday 14 June, during Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Key dates:

Wednesday 3 May: applications close.

Monday 15 May: day by which selected participants will have been notified.  

Late-May: opportunity to have a preparatory phone call with a member of the Sheffield Doc/Fest Marketplace team ahead of the day, for more information and advice.

Wednesday 14 June: Market day. The day will comprise two parts:
1. Pitch training – talent will receive pre-meeting pitch training and industry advice from experts and the marketplace team at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
2. One-to-one meetings with television experts – these will include TV executives, producers and broadcast professionals.



Very enlightening and an experience you can't find elsewhere.

Excellent opportunity to meet people who would normally be inaccessible or hard to get hold of.

The Market offered a unique opportunity to discuss TV ideas with a receptive audience and to allow TV professionals to see the personalities of those presenting; impossible to do this by email, telephone etc. yet for on-screen work personality is key!

A phenomenally well executed day by the organisers and a potentially life changing day for the participants. Priceless!



If you have any queries about On-Screen Talent Market, please get in touch with Jenni Tuovinen.