Sheffield Doc/Fest offers 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. We have pitches and marketplace opportunities for both professional and non-professional DIY filmmakers.

This is an overview of the pitches from the 2018 programme. Pitch opportunities for the 2019 edition will be announced in due time.

BBC Northern Docs Pitch

The BBC is on a mission to start new collaborations with talented filmmakers based in the north of England with some directing or relevant production experience but who are yet to direct a commissioned long-form film. This is an open call for directors to submit new film ideas for consideration by BBC commissioners. Five directors will be selected to pitch to a panel of commissioners and industry representatives in front of a live audience during Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Winner of the BBC Northern Docs Pitch:

Chanell Wallace -Knife Crime: The Final Chapter


The Boiler Room Pitch

Boiler Room are commissioning at least one original documentary celebrating stories from the front line of global underground music culture. Boiler Room is looking to commission fun, energetic, intriguing films built around provocative, attention-grabbing headlines. Films can be 10-20 minutes in length, driven by subject matter.

Winner of the Boiler Room Pitch:

Felipe Maia & Fred Ouro Preto - Untitled Baile Funk project ; Ronan Corrigan - White Noise.


The Real Stories Special Relationship Pitch

In Summer 2018, Real Stories will be commissioning their next slate of films. As part of that, at Sheffield Doc/Fest they’re offering filmmakers the chance to pitch for up to £20,000 to produce a 10-minute film for the channel.

Winner of the Real Stories Special Relationship Pitch:

Rebecca Coxon (producer/director) Truevision Yorkshire - The Truffle Trip


The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch

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.

Winner of the Channel 4 First Cut Pitch: 

Lyttanya Shannon - Moving On


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation x Guardian Pitch

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

Winners of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation x Guardian Pitch:

Dom Bush - The Hope That Kills; Anna Hall - Untitled Poverty in Leeds Project; Mei Leng We - Five Days at the Food Bank



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