- Decision Makers List 2014
- Crossover Market
- Round Table Sessions
- Power Hour Sessions
- Pitch Opportunities
- BBC Fresh Pitch - Talent Search
- The BFI Film Fund Pitch
- Channel 4 First Cut Pitch
- The New York Times Op-Docs Pitch
- Soundology Breakthrough Pitch
- The VICE Rule Britannia Pitch
- The Wellcome Trust Development Awards Pitch
- The Doc/Fest Mentoring Programme
- Training and Workshops
- Sales Sunday
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 are already confirmed to attend Doc/Fest 2014.
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.
SUBMISSIONS FOR MEETMARKET ARE NOW CLOSED
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 CLOSED
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 BBC, BFI, Channel 4, New York Times, Vice, and the Wellcome Trust
Round Table Sessions where delegates can informally meet key international documentary decision-makers in a group discussion and information-sharing format.
The Power Hour - The Power Hour meetings are an excellent way for Doc/Fest delegates to meet one-to-one with selected funders, buyers and mentors in the festival's marketplace. If you're not selected for MeetMarket, this is a great way to connect with, and pitch to, the people who can support your documentary, factual or interactive project.
The Switchboard - Get on-demand personal advice and connections! The Marketplace team at Doc/Fest 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.
Commissioning Panels - a chance to hear the up to date priorities for the world's major factual commissioners in dedicated panel discussions.
Sales Sunday and First Encounters Day 2014
Sales Sunday - We've introduced Sales Sunday specifically for filmmakers who want to learn more about taking their project to an audience through sales and distribution. If you have a film or TV project in a late or finished stage which you are looking to sell and distribute, this day could be perfect for you.
First Encounters Day - Newly created for the sole purpose of providing talent of any kind, both emerging and established, with a chance to create new contacts and connections in a supportive environment. With round tables, one-to-ones and pitch events, the day will conclude with a Meet the BBC Fresh Execs reception to encourage more impromptu mingling.
More info on these will be available soon.