Our flagship industry event, the MeetMarket, for new documentary features and series, will have its seventeenth edition during the Festival in June 2021. Running in parallel will be the Arts Talent Market for XR/new-media artists. We are planning a hybrid Industry Programme to facilitate both virtual and in-person encounters ensuring that participation remains maximally international. 

We are holding space and discussing with our partners at Sheffield City Council a range of options for our annual industry gathering that of course puts the safety of everyone, locals and guests, as number one priority. We’ll announce physical activities in the new year, but in the meantime as we launch our call for projects we want to make clear that the option to participate virtually for selected teams and industry representatives is assured. We are hopeful about welcoming guests to Sheffield in the summer while knowing for certain from our experience this year that we can continue making great connections happen regardless of any general or region-specific travel restrictions that may be in place. We can’t wait to see the new projects that are in the works and we’ll be ready to present our next slate to industry partners in April ahead of meetings in June.

Our vision for Doc/Fest’s Industry Programme involves creating a space where emerging talent can present their projects shoulder-to-shoulder with many of the most experienced and accomplished teams making documentaries today. In 2020, 20 of the 48 MeetMarket projects (42%) had a first-time filmmaker attached to direct, while 21 (44%) were new works from emerging directors (1-3 films completed). Nine out of the twenty teams who pitched new-media/XR projects were emerging artists.  The industry representatives who join us year-on-year attest that Doc/Fest’s market is a place for beginning relationships with new talents as well as catching up with the producers who already have very strong track records.

Projects to come through the MeetMarket while in development/production include Searching for Sugarman (Malik Bendjelloul), One Child Nation (Nanfu Wang), The Edge of Democracy (Petra Costa), The Silence of Others (Almudena Carracedo), Stray (Elizabeth Lo), Mayor (David Osit), Shooting the Mafia (Kim Longinotto), The Square (Jehane Noujaim), God Loves Uganda (Roger Ross Williams), 5 Broken Cameras (Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi), Family Affair (Tom Fassaert), The Act of Killing / The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer), Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Stanley Nelson Jr.), Unrest (Jennifer Brea), Bobbi Jean (Elvira Lind), The Story of Film (Mark Cousins), plus many others that have found their funding partners in the market and audiences via connections with theatrical distributors, festival programmers, broadcast and SVOD executives. 

The Arts Talent Market (formerly billed the Alternate Realities Talent Market) presents artists and collectives working at the forefront of contemporary practice in new-media and digital art. Selected artists, collectives and creative teams will be connected with industry representatives including curators, funding bodies, NGOs, international festivals, galleries, media and educational institutions, production companies, tech companies, broadcasters and distribution platforms. 


In 2020, Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Industry Programme brought together 150+ directors and producers and 250+ industry personnel for more than 1,400 match-made 1:1 meetings and round-table sessions. Participants came from 38 countries including Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Myanmar / Burma, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, the United Kingdom, USA, and Vietnam.



Read what the most recent participants had to say about our markets HERE.



Industry representatives from more than 150 organisations that support documentary features, series and new-media artworks took part in 2020, including: 30West (USA), A&E IndieFilms (USA), Abandon Normal Devices (UK), Altitude (UK), Animal Kingdom Films (USA), ARD/NDR (Germany), Artangel (UK), ARTE France (France), ARTE G.E.I.E. (France), Autlook Filmsales (Austria), AVROTROS (Netherlands), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (UK), Barbican (UK), BBC New Creatives (North), BBC Storyville (UK), Berlinale (Germany), BFI London Film Festival (UK), Birmingham Open Media (UK), Boudica Films / Initialize (UK), Bradford Media & Science Museum (UK), British Council (UK), British Underground (UK), CAA Creative Artists Agency (USA), Canal+ / Movistar+ (Spain), Cargo Film and Releasing (USA), CAT&Docs (France), Catapult Film Fund (USA), CBC Television (Canada), Centre Phi (Canada), Chicken and Egg Pictures (USA), Cinephil Distribution & Co-Productions (Israel), Cinereach (USA), Cineteve (France), Cinetic Media (USA), CNN Films (USA), Compulsory Viewing (UK), Cortona on the Move (Italy), Coventry City of Culture Trust (UK), Creative England (UK), Crossover Labs (UK), Curzon (UK), Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) (Denmark), Deckert Distribution (Germany), Digital Catapult (UK), Diversion Cinema (France), DocSociety (UK), Documentary Educational Resources (USA), Dogwoof (UK), Dok Leipzig (Germany), Dok.incubator (Poland), DR Sales (Denmark), ESPN (USA), EYE Film Museum (Netherlands), FACT (UK), Field of Vision (USA), First Hand Films (Switzerland), Fork Films (USA), France Televisions (France), Fremantle Media (UK), Future Everything (UK), Globo News (Brazil), Goldfinch Studios (UK), The Guardian (UK), Historic Royal Palaces (UK), HOME Manchester (UK), Hot Docs (Canada), HSCC (Israel), HTC (UK), HUCK / TCOLondon (UK), i-Docs (UK), Institute of Contemporary Art (UK), Iconic Engine (USA), International Documentary Association (USA), IDFA (Netherlands), Independent Filmmaker Project (USA), Impact Partners (USA), Java Films (France), Journeyman Pictures (UK), Kaleidoscope VR (USA), Kickstarter (USA), Kino Rebelde (Portugal), Kino Smith (Canada), Kloos & Co. Medien / Rise and Shine World Sales (Germany), KTN / Immerse UK (UK), Little Dot Studios (UK/USA), Live Cinema (UK), Lorton Entertainment (UK), Mediawan Rights (France), Met Film (UK), MIT Open Doc Lab (USA), Modern Films (UK), MoMA (USA), Monoduo Films (Germany), Motto Pictures (USA), Mubi (UK), MUTEK (Canada), NatGeo (USA), National Film Board of Canada (Canada), NEON (USA), NETFLIX (UK/USA), New York Times (USA), NHK (Japan), Northern Ireland Screen (UK), NRK (Norway), NTR (Netherlands), Oculus for Good (USA), Open City Documentary Festival (UK), ORF (Austria), Overview Collective (USA), Passion Pictures Films (UK), Passion River Films (USA), Picturehouse Cinemas & Picturehouse Entertainment (UK), POV (USA), Power to the Pixel (UK), Protagonist Pictures (UK), Pulse Films (UK), Punctum Sales (Argentina), RBB/ARTE (Germany), Red Bull Media House (UK), Rewind (UK), RIDM (Canada), Royal Opera House (UK), RTS (Switzerland), SBS (Australia), SENT (UK), Serpentine Gallery (UK), Sideways Film (UK), Site Gallery (UK), Sky (UK), Sky VR (UK), Submarine (USA), Sundance Film Festival (USA), Sundance Institute (USA), SVT (Sweden), Sweet Spot Docs (Switzerland), SXSW (USA), Syndicado (Canada), Taskovski Films (UK), Tate (UK), TENK (France), TG4 (Ireland), The Film Sales Company (USA), The Party Film Sales (France), Together Films (UK), Topic (USA), Transmediale (Germany), TSR (Switzerland), TVF International (UK), TVO (Netherlands), Upside Distribution (France), Utopia Docs (UK), Venice Biennale / Submarine (Netherlands), Virtual Worlds Festival (Germany), VPRO (Netherlands), VRHAM! (Germany), VR Days (Netherlands), VRT (Belgium), Wellcome Trust (UK), The Whickers (UK), Whitechapel Gallery (UK), Wide House (France), Windrose (France), World Cinema Fund (Germany), WRD (Germany), XRM Media (USA), YesDocu / DBS (Israel), York Mediale (UK), ZDF/ARTE (Germany).

Deadline to apply for the MeetMarket: Monday 15 February, 12:00 GMT (noon)

More information on how to apply to the MeetMarket is available here.

Deadline to apply for the Arts Talent Market: Monday 1 March,12:00 GMT (noon)

More information on how to apply to the Arts Talent Market is available here.

If you have any enquiries regarding the Marketplace programme, please email our Marketplace & Talent Programme Producer, Manon at manon.euler@sheffdocfest.com.


Marketplace Funders and Partners 

Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Industry Programme is made possible by support from Creative Europe MEDIA Programme, the British Film Institute, Arts Council of England, Sheffield City Council, Department for International Trade, Getty Images