4. meetmarket

Thank you for your Marketplace submissions!

A big thank you to those of you who submitted their projects to the MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Market!

Your projects will now be carefully reviewed by our external assessment committee. Applicants will be notified of the decision by 1 April.

We’ve still got lots of Marketplace opportunities on the go and in the works, such as Round Tables and 10-Minute Meets, Sales and Distribution Summit, On-Screen Talent Market and Doc/Player, which are open to everyone, from emerging talents to established filmmakers.

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.

10-Minute Meets

This one-to-one format allows you to meet with Decision Makers for 10-short 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 the participants that are most relevant to them.

Our 2017 Round Tables and 10-Minute Meets included sessions on Audio Docs and Podcasts, Hybrid Docs, theatrical and TV distribution for feature-length documentaries, how to budget you VR project, as well as Meet the Festivals.
Decision Makers who attended came from organisations such as Nowness, SXSW, IDFA, DocSociety, BBC, ARTE, Dogwoof and Final Cut for Real.

Calls for Round Tables and 10-Minute Meets open 30 April and close mid-May.

Pitch Opportunities

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and The Guardian are collaborating on a new public pitch to take place at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2018. The opportunity invites filmmakers to present ideas for short documentaries about poverty in the UK that seek to reframe the issue and engage a wide, mainstream audience 'beyond the choir'. JRF and the Guardian are looking to support up to three short films with funding (£20,000 per film) and global release via theguardian.com. Submissions deadline is at 12:00 (noon) Thursday 22 March GMT.

The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch is back at Doc/Fest 2018. 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. Submission deadline is at 12:00 (midnight) Sunday 25 March GMT.

More pitch opportunities will be announced soon. To read more about our 2018 pitch opportunities, click here.

For any Marketplace queries please contact marketplace@sidf.co.uk