Read what some of our 2020 project participants had to say about their online experience pitching at the MeetMarket and Arts Talent Market .




“It was exciting to be part of the first online edition of MeetMarket. Coming from India, for us, the online platform made sense as we could participate without the financial burden involved in travel and stay. It was very well-organised, and we got the opportunity to present our project to a wide range of industry representatives. In fact, our meeting with Sundance Institute here led to our receiving the Sundance-Sandbox grant soon after.”

Anirban Dutta & Anupama Srinivasan, Co-directors and Co-producers | Project: Nocturnes (India)

“Docfest was three packed days of meetings with industry pros who felt well matched and relevant to our project, from financiers to broadcasters and sales agents. The expert handling and execution by the team to deliver this market online meant that we still enjoyed all the fun and enthusiasm of a traditional market, and we are still in touch with a number of industry representatives we met back in June.”

Loran Dunn, Producer | Project: Don’t Call Me Mad (UK/Germany)

“The Sheffield team did an amazing job in a difficult and unexpected situation.  The pivot to an online MeetMarket could have easily missed the mark, but they made sure it felt personal, robust and inclusive.  We had a really great and productive experience and we are thrilled that our film got the opportunity to participate.”

Susan Bedusa, Producer | Project: Bella (USA)

“The MeetMarket is an essential industry event. The Doc/Fest team does an impeccable job of matchmaking and fostering creative relationships across the industry, a crucial contribution to the doc ecosystem.”

Joe Bender, Producer | Project: Murderabilia (USA)

"I would really recommend the MeetMarket, it's definitely one of the key events for documentary filmmakers and producers in the world and the online experience was no exception".  

Felipe Garrido, Producer and Nicolas Tabilo, Director | Project: Drifting Images (Chile)

“Being in Sheffield was an amazing experience. I am a 1st time director with a project in development and pitching to top industry professionals from the comfort of my own home, made the entire process much easier for me. Through Sheffield, I had the opportunity to connect with some of the best producers, companies and institutions in the market, and that has opened a lot of doors for my project.”

Veronica Medina-Matzner, Director | Project: In Whose Name? (Brazil)

The MeetMarket is always very well-programmed, balancing a wide array of industry delegates with a meaningfully tailored approach to pairing them with projects. Even with the necessary switch to an online edition in 2020, the quality of the meetings remained high and the experience was warm, collegial and supportive. Our team had a number of excellent meetings that were helpful in understanding possibilities in the European market and others that have set the stage for ongoing conversations around potential funding.”

Kellen Quinn, Producer (USA)

“Sheffield 2020 was a remarkable experience for me. This was my first online-pitch of the year, and contrary to the nervous anticipation of it being chaotic or haphazard - it all proceeded with rather stunning efficiency! The quality of attention one gets on the one-to-one meetings is something I prefer to even its physical variant, since none of the distractions of a live on-site location are there. My film project received a lot of productive attention there - yielding another market to pitch at, various fruitful discussions with sales agents and finally, catching the eye of a executive producer who is now attached to the project. I had a genuinely lovely experience, and would recommend it for any documentary project still searching for collaborators.” 

Shaunak Sen, Director/Producer | Project: Airborne (India)

“The Sheffield Doc/Fest Market is a professional and friendly venue that has been built in an exemplary manner, with top-notch international guests. The organization works perfectly and, unlike other markets, it is a very pleasant space for brainstorming, group discussion and project management.”

Catalina Alarcón, Director | Project: Going Back Home VR (Chile)


Industry Representatives 


“Every year, we leave Sheffield with at least one project to support. For Cinetic, the MeetMarket is essential.”

“The Sheffield Doc/Fest Meet Market is a fantastic way to meet talented filmmakers and get exposed to their work-in-progress projects. The Meet Market selection is always diverse and exciting, and it's one of the best places to connect with a variety of filmmakers from around the world. The Doc/Fest team did a wonderful job pivoting to a virtual program for 2020 and while still making space for industry reps to connect with the selected projects.” 

Kelsey Koenig, Director of Development | Impact Partners (UK)

“This year's Market, despite the circumstances, was exceptionally well-run and productive. The Doc/Fest Industry team did an excellent job of pivoting to an online format, ensuring that filmmakers and industry reps were able to connect in fruitful, engaging ways.”

“MeetMarket continues to be the most global doc marketplace I attend and is vital to the scouting I do as a member of my company's acquisitions team.”

“We find the Sheffield Meet Market and the festival in general to be invaluable, and have made many great connections there this year and over the years. It's wonderful to have a third party both select projects on our behalf and act as a hub where we can meet those filmmakers, and others, to discuss sales and financing partnerships.”

“The excellent film project selection allowing to meet highly professional partners makes MeetMarket one of the best events of this kind in the world!”

“There were high quality projects from all over the world and the organisers created a friendly, open atmosphere for interaction.”

“MeetMarket is vital in finding projects to fund. We have funded at least one film, if not more, out of our meetings every year.”

“The projects at the MeetMarket every year always do encompass an incredibly wide array of fantastic projects that come from all over the world, and really do include an incredibly eclectic mix of voices and talents. It's a fantastic way for us to find out about projects that we otherwise would not have known about.”

“I look forward to Sheffield Doc/Fest every year, it's a fixture in my diary. Even this year with all the challenges thrown at it and very unusual circumstances, the festival had a great atmosphere digitally and managed to connect our community of documentary makers and supporters, creating discussion and collaboration. It gets better every year.”

“The Doc/Fest Marketplace is a space where anything feels possible, whether in a physical room or the digital realm artists, producers and storytellers from every discipline and background come together to imagine new ways of communicating, engaging and telling stories.”

“The markets are what keeps our industry going even in normal circumstances, but at times of the pandemic they are a crucial part of our lifeline. It is essential to exchange creative energies and talk to colleagues about the challenges we are currently facing. Participating in Doc/Fest’s Alternative Realities Market this year was a highlight of the month. Incredible work, lovely to connect and see familiar faces!”