If you are new to the Marketplace, or looking for some information on how best to approach the Decision Makers most relevant to your project, this is the best place to get the inside track.

The Market Switchboard takes place in the Cutlers' Hall Marketplace Cafe.

The Marketplace team at Doc/Fest welcomes all delegates to approach our dedicated table at the Marketplace Cafe in Cutlers' Hall – the hub for all Marketplace activities. The Market Switchboard offers on-demand advice to filmmakers looking to meet some of the 300 Decision Makers invited to the Marketplace. Here one can get advice on who might be useful to meet in the Marketplace in Sheffield, and how best to approach those people to get funding, advice or mentoring.

Our Market Switchboard mentors help filmmakers and other delegates navigate the Doc/Fest Marketplace: identifying key Decision Makers, discussing filmmaker projects, and helping refine strategies for getting the most out of one's networking, business and creative opportunities.

More information on Switchboard & Surgeries 2018 coming soon.

Market Mentors

Our 2017 Market Switchboard Mentors were:

Jean-Jacques Peretti, Consultant at Sunny Side of the Doc.

Annabel Grundy,, Manager at Film Hub North.

Ingrid Kopp,, Senior Consultant in the Interactive Department at the Tribeca Film Institute.

Market Switchboard Surgeries

In addition to our mentors (above), the Market Switchboard also provides 90-minute surgeries, where a number of professionals are present at the desk, giving specified advice on their particular area of responsibility and expertise.Our 2017 Surgeries experts were:

Sally Hodgson, PIPOCA.

PIPOCA operates within the creative industries, working with distributors, agencies and organisations, online platforms, film directors and producers, events and festivals on audience development, marketing, distribution, project management and production.

Wendy Bernfeld, Rights Stuff.

Rights Stuff is a international consultancy providing content strategy and pragmatic licensing services, including content acquisition, distribution and development, with specific emphasis on maximizing the potential of ‘Rights’ and ‘Windows’ across evolving VOD, digital and traditional media.

The BFI Film Audience Network

The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) is a UK-wide network dedicated to encouraging people to build a lifelong relationship with film, with more people enjoying film, more often. Meet representatives from the Network to find out more about how Film Hubs support exhibition, festivals, independent programming, film culture and film education across the UK.

The BFI Certification Unit

The BFI Certification Unit is the first point of contact for applicants wanting to qualify their film (including shorts) as British in order to access the UK’s creative sector tax reliefs. BFI certification analyst’s Christopher Halliday and Margherita Modeo are on hand to talk to you about the process for certifying your film as British and accessing tax relief to help finance your documentaries or other film projects. A project may qualify as British either under the cultural test or as a co-production.

If you have any queries about the Market Switchboard and Surgeries, please contact the Marketplace team.