Today we announce 55 projects selected for the MeetMarket (for features and series) and 22 projects for the Arts Talent Market (for new media works). The projects encompass 41 countries of production/co-production, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong SAR China, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Martinique, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Zambia.
These are outstanding new projects, well on their way, that are set to inspire, excite and resonate deeply with audiences worldwide when they come to fruition. As always, our marketplace is a space for discovery. We are delighted to invite teams presenting their work to international partners for the very first time to pitch alongside many of the most experienced and accomplished filmmakers and creatives in our community.
See the 2021 MeetMarket Selections HERE
See the 2021 Arts Talent Market Selections HERE
Twelve international industry professionals were involved in assessing the 570+ applications to the MeetMarket, their combined expertise covering production, development, sales, distribution, exhibition, festivals and impact strategy. The 2021 MeetMarket External Assessors included: Alyona Bocharova (Co-Founder and Managing Director - Beat Film Festival / CEO - Beat Films, Russia), Anja Dziersk (Festival Manager - Rise And Shine World Sales, Germany), Ayman El Amir (Independent Producer, Egypt), Carmen Thompson (Researcher + Curator, UK), Chris Harris (Director and Programmer - True Story, UK), Delphine Lievens (Senior Box Office Analyst - Gower Street Analytics, UK), Heejung Oh (Founder + Producer - Seesaw Pictures, Korea), Kirill Sorokin (Co-Founder - Beat Film Festival / Beat Films, Russia), María Vera (Festival Distributor & Sales Agent - Kino Rebelde, Portugal), Stefan Kloos (Managing Director - Rise and Shine World Sales, Germany), Toni Bell (Impact Strategist - Looky Looky Pictures, USA), Varadila Nurdin (Docs By The Sea Program Director, In-Docs, Indonesia).
The selections for the Arts Talent Market were made with the involvement of external assessors: Charmian Griffin (Head of Digital - Artangel, UK), Eoin Dara (Head of Exhibitions - Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK), Katayoun Dibamehr (New Media Curator - Festival des Nouvelles Cinema, Canada).
You can read more about the 2021 Marketplace external assessors HERE.
Sheffield Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket, Arts Talent Market and Industry Programme is supported by Arts Council England, the British Film Institute, Creative Europe MEDIA, the Department for International Trade and Getty Images.