- MeetMarket Projects 2013
- Crossover Market
- International Delegations
- Pitch Opportunities
- The New York Times Op-Docs Pitch
- Thatcher Film Commission
- Soundology Breakthrough Pitch
- The BFI Film Fund Pitch
- Channel 4 First Cut Pitch
- The Wellcome Trust Development Awards Pitch
- The Shed Internship
- The Doc/Fest Mentoring Programme
- Training and Workshops
Sheffield Doc/Fest offers extensive marketplace opportunities for all delegates. Hundreds of executives, distributors, commissioners, funders, advisors and buyers from documentary and cross-platform attend the festival. Click here to see the list of Decision Makers who attended Doc/Fest 2013.
Doc/Fest is the perfect place to meet potential production investors and production partners. In 2013, over 1,200 meetings were scheduled between MeetMarket participants by the Doc/Fest marketplace team, with hundreds more arranged spontaneously outside the market.
We also offer year-round Training and Workshops and Individualised Mentoring - throughout the year Doc/Fest organises training and workshops focussing on project development, pitching, funding, new media and distribution, and we can support you with your market needs and business development plans on an ongoing personal basis as well. If you'd like to discuss how your projects can benefit from any of the opportunities year-round and at Doc/Fest, we'd be delighted to talk about it with you, so feel welcome to email us and discuss what personalised help we can get you in our marketplace.
"Absolutely fantastic. The best documentary market in Europe, without a doubt."
Doc/Fest currently offers the following pitching & marketplace events:
MeetMarket is the UK's largest documentary marketplace offering a unique way to pitch new and groundbreaking documentary projects. MeetMarket is an invitation-only space for participants selected from open applications. MeetMarket submissions are NOW OPEN - submit your project here. The submissions deadline for MeetMarket 2014 is Wednesday 19th March @ 17:00 GMT.
For those not selected for MeetMarket, the festival features many other market opportunities, and our market team are dedicated to helping all Doc/Fest delegates get the market support and meetings they need. These include:
The Crossover Market - The place for new, digital and interactive funders and mentors to meet the best new projects. Crossover Market submissions are NOW OPEN - submit your project via the MeetMarket submission form here. The submissions deadline for Crossover Market 2014 is Friday 21st February @ 17:00 GMT.
Videotheque is a fully-digitised library of the festival's film programme plus a selection of the best new documentaries available to be acquired.
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, including pitches with the New York Times, the BFI and the Ramillas Sheffield Interactive Fund Pitch.
Round Table Sessions where delegates can informally meet key international documentary decision-makers in a group discussion and information-sharing format.
The Switchboard with EDN - Get on-demand personal advice and connections! The Marketplace team at Doc/Fest and the European Documentary Network welcome all delegates to approach our dedicated table in The Eye space of the Hubs building, just outside the MeetMarket room. Here you can take advice on who might be useful for you to meet in the Marketplace in Sheffield, and how best to approach those people to get the funding, advice or mentoring you need.
Mini MeetMarket, a unique opportunity for new and emerging documentary filmmakers to meet industry mentors in an informal setting.
10x10 - Screen up to 10 minutes of your non-fiction works-in-progress and receive 10 minutes of directed feedback from the audience
Commissioning Panels, a chance to hear the up to date priorities for the world's major factual commissioners in dedicated panel discussions.
Look out too for internship opportunities like the Shed Internship - applications for this are now closed for this year and will reopen in late 2014.
Sales Day and First Encounters Day 2014
The Sunday of Doc/Fest 2014 will be dedicated to matching filmmakers with sales agents and distributors who can get their documentaries out to international audiences. Meanwhile, the Wednesday will be an opportunity for emerging talent to be matchmade with Executives and Funders who can support the development of their ideas, along with a chance for young directors and producers to have one-to-one meetings with experienced producers, in an essential intervention to support the development of new production talent in international documentary. More info on these will be available soon.