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

All sessions take place at Cutlers' Hall – the hub for all Marketplace activities during the Festival.

Please note: you need to have a Festival Pass to sign up for these events. More information on how to register for the Festival can be found here.


The Marketplace sessions have closed for sign ups. What happens next?

The Marketplace Team are currently scheduling meetings and allocating seats on sessions. Please note that you will only have a place on a session if you have received a separate email about this. If you haven't heard from us by Thursday the 8th of June, please assume we were unable to allocate you a seat.

All round tables will have a stand-by queue in operation on the day, to fill any available seats on the session. If you are interested in an event but haven't been allocated a seat ahead of the event, you might still be able to be included in the session this way. Please arrive early to increase your chances.

We currently have stand-by places available for the 'All Ears: Making Audio Docs & Podcasts' and 'Meet the Festivals' round tables. Please show up ahead of the event for more information, as there might be places available for events that are currently fully booked. 


Round Tables

This session format invites delegates to meet with Decision Makers through informal group discussions. Running for 90 minutes, the session features five tables with one or two Decision Makers at each table. During the course of the event, you will meet with all attending Decision Makers for 15-minute group meetings.


All Ears: Making Audio Docs and Podcasts 
Mon 12 June / 10:00 - 11:30

Audio documentaries and podcasts are more popular than ever, but what are the current needs and interests in terms of new content? This session takes the pulse of the audio industry by inviting key commissioners and production companies to outline their editorial profiles and commissioning processes.

Katherine Godfrey, Head of Digital & Speech, Whistledown

Liam O'Brien, Series Producer – Documentaries on One, RTE

Nick van der Kolk, Host/Director of Love + Radio, Radiotopia podcast network      

Steve Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service

Sign ups for this event have now closed.


Docs Just Wanna Have Fun(ds)

Mon 12 June / 12:00 - 13:30

Every year, a number of documentary funds and foundations attend Doc/Fest – we’ve invited five of them to attend this session and explain just how they can support your project. From development to completion funds, and the general to the niche, this informal event is a perfect introduction to different approaches to documentary funding.

Katie Speight, Editorial Consultant & Lynn Nwokorie, Film Officer, BRITDOC

Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, Co-Founder, Catapult Film Fund       

Lucila Moctezuma, Programme Director, Chicken & Egg Pictures             

Lucy McDowell, Factual Development Executive - Broadcast, Film and Games, Wellcome Trust

Please note: more Decision Makers will be added to this event.

Sign ups for this event have now closed.


Feature Docs for Cinema & TV

Mon 12 June / 15:30 - 17:00

How do some of the leading international broadcasters work with feature-length documentary content, and what should you know about their commissioning process? How can theatrical distributors help you reach cinema audiences with your documentary? Share the table with leading industry experts and get answers to all your questions.

Nikki Heyman, Coordinating Producer, POV

Jo Lapping, Strand Executive, BBC Storyville

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, Commissioning Editor - Grand Format, ZDF/ARTE

Marcel Karst, Theatrical Sales Manager, Dogwoof

Chris Harris, Programmer & Head of Virtual Services, Picturehouse Cinemas   

Sign ups for this event have now closed.


New Visions: Cinematic, Experimental & Hybrid Docs

Tue 13 June / 12:00 - 13:30

Celebrating the art of documentary, this session brings together delegates with Decision Makers who are keen to support filmmakers and ideas exploring inventive and artistic approaches to filmmaking, pushing the boundaries of nonfiction storytelling.

Confirmed Decision Makers:

Anne Köhncke, Producer, Final Cut For Real 

Hajnal Molnar Szakacs, Manager, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program

John Van Wyck, Creative Associate, Cinereach     

Katie Speight, Editorial Consultant & Lynn Nwokorie, Film Officer, BRITDOC

Philippa Kowarsky, Managing Director, Cinephil

Sign ups for this event have now closed.



Tue 13  June / 14:00 - 15:30pm

How to reach big with your compact story. This round table invites a range of creative companies championing bite-sized documentary narratives, and is designed to get you thinking of how new partnerships can help you create your short film and find audiences for it.

Lindsay Crouse, Coordinating Producer, NYT Op-Docs

Matt Diegan, Producer, Just So – Postcards

Rob Alderson, Editor-in-Chief/VP Content, We Transfer

Shelley Jones, Video Commissioner, NOWNESS        

Max Gogarty, Executive Editor, BBC Three             

Alex Hryniewicz, Head of Multiplatform, Little Dot Studios

Sign ups for this event have now closed.


Meet the Festivals

Tue 13 June / 10:00 - 11:30

This round table event features representatives from the leading film festivals and markets in Europe and North America, and is your go-to event for fine tuning your festival strategy. Request to meet with the festival(s) of your choice, and meet with Decision Makers in small group discussions.

Confirmed Decision Makers:

Austin Nauert, Film Conference Programming Manager, SXSW     

Hajnal Molnar Szakacs, Manager, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program         

Paola Mottura, Program Manager, Documentary & Fiscal Sponsorship, IFP           

Laurien ten Houten, Docs for Sale & Guest Services Coordinator, IDFA 

Karin Rywkind Segal, Artistic Director, Docaviv

Sign ups for this event have now closed.



10-Minute Meets

This is a one-to-one session format where delegates meet with Decision Makers for short 10-minute meetings. Each session focuses on a particular topic, and features Decision Makers representing that part of the industry. These are match-made sessions where Decision Makers are brought together with those delegates that are most relevant to them. 


Budgeting for VR 10-Minute Meets

Mon 12 June / 17:00 - 18:00

Get practical advice on how to budget for your VR project in this session featuring a range of professionals with extensive experience in producing successful virtual reality projects, some of which are featured in this year's Alternate Realities programme.

Confirmed Decision Makers:

Beth Osisek, Director of Development & Hayley Pappas, Head of Films, RYOT

Beth Osisek is the Director of Development at RYOT films, home of award winning documentaries including Oscar nominated shorts Body Team 12 and Watani: My Homeland. RYOT is also a leader in VR, currently in development for a VR comedy with Hulu.

As Head of RYOT Films, Hayley Pappas runs the content and creative strategy of Oath:’s centralized development studio. She oversees (i) industry partnerships, (ii) content development, (iii) packaging and distribution, and (iv) all ancillary marketing campaigns. With RYOT, Hayley’s had the privilege of producing award-winning docs, including two Oscar-nominated shorts, Body Team 12 and Watani: My Homeland as well as over a dozen virtual reality (VR) films. She’s worked with partners from HBO and MTV to Hulu and Apple. Her work has covered topics including sexual assault, solitary confinement, and mass executions and has premiered at Sundance, Tribeca, and Hot Docs among others.

Ashley Cowan, Producer & Co-Founder, VR City  
Ashley Cowan is a producer and co-founder of London production companies VR City and East City Films. Ashley started his career working on music and live entertainment shows for MTV, Channel 4 and ITV before setting up East City Films with his co-founder Darren Emerson to produce youth-focused entertainment content for big brands and international broadcasters. In 2014 he put on a VR headset and his world changed and VR City was launched. Driving VR City through this new and exciting medium, Ashley’s mission is for the company to bring storytelling and purpose to VR for a growing audience, and to consistently push the creation of emotionally transformative experiences

Jane Gauntlett, Project Maker, In My Shoes
Jane is a writer and film maker, she has 10 years experience working in theatre, interactive theatre, game and film. Jane's focus is on narrative, her work explores using technology as a way to intensify audience experience. In 2009, she began working with audio technology and video goggles (Vuzix). She has gone on to design experiences for Oculus DK2 and Samsung Gear, and works as a consultant for technology developers (VR, AR, AI & Haptics). Clients include (Talks, Panels & Showcases): DocFest, UK Parliament, Aspen Ideas Festival, Unilever, Saatchi & Saatchi, UCL, NHS, Google, Orama.

Mark Atkin, Director, Crossover Labs
Mark is director of Crossover, a festival curator, award winning producer and training organisation dedicated to fostering convergence across creative practices. He programmes conferences and exhibitions showcasing immersive media, provide training in VR and 360 video production, photogrammetry and digital media. He produces Live Cinema, VR, AR and immersive media.

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Doc/Dispatch 10-Minute Meets

Mon 12 June / 14:00 - 15:00

Some stories need to reach audiences fast, and this new Doc/Fest initiative caters for producers with urgent and topical stories from around the world, wanting to connect with key platforms and commissioners. Doc/Dispatch in Marketplace will facilitate one-to-one meetings for selected filmmakers to connect with commissioners, including representatives from media organisations who showcase responsive, fast-turnaround content. Doc/Dispatch 10-Minute Meets is part of a larger programme, which also comprises the Doc/Dispatch Film Programme, and is supported by Deutsche Welle.

Bilaal Hoosein, Executive Producer of Acquisitions, Al Jazeera English        

Charlie Philips & Lindsay Poulton, The Guardian         

Charlotte Cook, Co-Creator, Field of Vision

Eloise King, Executive Producer UK, VICE                              

Isabel Freeman, Head of Production at TCOLondon & Andrea Kurland, Editor in Chief, HUCK

Kate Cox, Deputy Head, Documentaries and Coproductions, Deutsche Welle

Lindsay Crouse, Coordinating Producer, NYT Op-Docs

Sign ups for this event have now closed.

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