MEETMARKET 2018 IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
To find out more and submit your project click here. Applications close on 19 February 2018 at 12:00 (midnight)GMT.
WHAT IS MEETMARKET?
MeetMarket is one of the world’s largest documentary and factual markets and the flagship pitching opportunity at Doc/Fest with the opportunity to meet with over 300 international funders, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents and exhibitors. Doc/Fest offers a unique way to pitch your projects through individual match made meetings between pitchers and the Decision Makers, so they can get straight into creative and financial discussions. Projects range from long form films to short form films, series and formats.
If you're looking to make partnerships and get funding from the international market for interactive, immersive and Virtual Reality projects, within the documentary, factual or hybrid genre, submit to the Alternate Realities Market.
It's highly recommended that you read all the information on this page before applying – we want you to make your project the very best it can be when applying.
Decision Makers view short pitch teasers of your innovative documentary ideas online, along with short synopses, biographical information and headline budget figures in advance of Doc/Fest. From this they select which projects they would like to discuss in one-to-one meetings at MeetMarket. Projects can be in any genre of documentary/factual, from factual entertainment through to art/installation documentaries. We also welcome cross-platform/interactive projects and those projects looking to raise finance and distribute/exhibit their projects through alternative strategies including via crowdfunding and third sector support. MeetMarket features experts in these areas for you to meet, alongside broadcasters, film funds, sales agents and distributors.
In 2017 we received over 550 entries from 53 countries for MeetMarket. You can view the 2017 selected projects here.
If you are not selected for MeetMarket we offer many other Marketplace opportunities. If you'd like to discuss how your projects can benefit from any of the opportunities at Sheffield Doc/Fest, we'd be delighted to talk about it with you, so feel welcome to email us and discuss what help we can get you in our marketplace.
To help you get your future applications ready, you might be interested in our year-round Training and Workshops and Individualised Mentoring.
MEETMARKET 2017 - FACTS AND FIGURES
In 2017, there were over 300 confirmed commissioners and Decision Makers at Doc/Fest. These projects were part of over 1,600 meetings taking place over two days, with 20 meetings per project on average.
"MeetMarket is definitely the place for the trend-setters in the documentary world."
"The meetings we had during MeetMarket were meaningful, intimate and well organised, and the commissioning editors were warm, approachable and receptive."
"The access we had to the international doc community at MeetMarket was unparalleled."
"Pitching in intimate one-to-one sessions was a big comfort. It reduces tension and competitiveness and makes the whole thing much more relaxed and fun."
IS MY PROJECT ELIGIBLE?
We're always happy to help you get your project submissions ready for any marketplace opportunity, so as you plan your submissions for any marketplace pitch, or your general strategy for presenting projects in Sheffield to Decision Makers, here are some guidelines for you:
- MeetMarket is open to all documentary makers from any country. No prior credits are necessary.
- Your project can be at any stage of development, production, or post-production.
- Interactive factual/documentary, web-based, mobile phone/mobile device content, cross-platform and convergent media projects are also eligible and indeed highly encouraged, with specialised commissioners, funders and advisers present. You can choose to submit your project to either MeetMarket or the Alternate Realities Market. If you aren't sure which market to submit to, get in touch and we can advise you.
- You can enter as many projects as you like, but we recommend that you don't submit more than 5 because we're very unlikely to select more than 2 from any one company.
- Your projects must have international appeal and take an innovative/fresh approach to either the content, the execution of the idea or both.
- Your project may take any form or specialist focus, e.g. feature documentaries, television, series or specialised genres. Natural history, science and arts projects are very welcome.
- Projects do not need to have financing already in place.
HOW DO I APPLY?
MeetMarket and the Alternate Realities Market 2018 submissions are now open. To find out more and submit your project click here. Applications close on 19 February 2018 at 12:00 (midnight) GMT.
- We're always very happy to help you with any aspect of your submission, whether technical or creative. If you're struggling with the application form in any way, please ask us for help. If you do need help, we recommend you try and contact us as early as possible, so even if you can't fill in all the details until close to the deadline, take an early look at what the form involves, and ask us for support earlier in the process.
- There's a 'Save' button at the bottom of the form. If you hit this, you can come back to the form later, so you don't need to complete the whole application in one go.
- The information you submit on the application is what Decision Makers see when they choose if they want to meet you . This information is exactly what goes in the Project Guide distributed to participants, and accessed online in the assessment area by Decision Makers. If you're selected, we give you a very small amount of time to make any changes, but by-and-large, what you submit on application is what Decision Makers see, so make it good.
- Project Information/Synopsis . In the MeetMarket form we offer you the chance to submit short (100 word) and long (500 word) synopses - in both cases remember you don't have to go right up to the word limit. The quality of your description is what matters. Remember this description has to entice assessors to want to choose you and buyers to want to meet you, so get them interested and leave them wanting more. And whilst you should get them excited with the ideas, don't forget to give them story and character as well.
- Details . Length, Intended slot, Format, Status, Date of Production/Release – you may not know for sure yet depending on what stage your project is at, but be as realistic as possible – research what slots exist in international TV, cinema and online, and tally your length and slot with that. Make sure your budget information is consistent with the length you specify. It's fine to keep your options open and specify, for example, a TV hour and a 90' version. We also ask you if you've pitched the project in other markets – it's not a problem if you have or haven't, it just helps us to know which Decision Makers may already be aware of it.
- Financing . State your total budget and total already obtained (plus who has already committed funds) in Euros, Pounds and US Dollars. Please check that your calculations are accurate before you submit the form. Remember assessors and buyers you may put down here also read this information so don't exaggerate any interest. This section is also your chance to tell us if you're looking for distribution – this is important because we'll use this information to base some of your matchmade meetings on if you're selected, so answer it carefully.
- Participants . Give us brief information on your production team (up to 100 words each for biography and filmography). Don't paste your CV here, these biographies are part of your project information and need to be as enticing as your synopses, so make them interesting. Remember that your biogs go here, they don't go in your synopsis – you're wasting your chance to write about your project if you put your biogs in that section. Also remember that you must split your biography (your personal history and profile) from your filmography (list of your films/other projects).
- Teaser Clip – How to upload . Upload your teaser clip directly into the submission form. Clips should be no longer than 3 minutes, need to be MP4 or Mov files and no larger than 500MB. If you have issues uploading the clip try a different web browser. If issues persist contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Teaser Clip – How to be creative with it . Your clip's purpose is to interest funders, and not to be a short film in itself. We specify a length of between one to three minutes because we think it helps you to focus on clearly getting the key information in there - why funders would want to invest in your project. There are infinite ways to do your clip but primarily use it to get funders and buyers interested and want to know more. Show them the quality of what you've shot and the strength of your characters and narrative, and give them a taste of your on-screen style. Be visually creative - remember this is your visual pitch, and documentary is a visual form, so save your words for the synopsis.
- Getty Images free content partnership - Getty Images are pleased to offer MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Market applicants content from the world’s largest collection of still images and video for free use in their pitches and market submissions. All applicants are eligible to download up to 75 hi res footage clips and stills including premium content from BBC Motion Gallery, Discovery Channel, VICE, Nat Geo and Sky News. Search over two million creative, editorial and archival clips, tens of millions of stills, and an archive dating from the early 1900’s. To take advantage of this offer email Paul Davis at email@example.com or call him on +44 (0)203 227 2217. We’ll then set up your complimentary account allowing you to download high quality stills and video. Happy searching.
- Cross-Platform, Interactive and Virtual Reality Projects . We recognise that these kinds of projects might need additional or different kinds of information. For interactive, virtual reality and cross-platform projects specifically, we also advise that you use the teaser clip to showcase the general look of your project, and that it doesn't necessarily need to use moving image in the way a linear doc project would. However, this is not mandatory. You will be expected to upload between 2 – 5 still images in order to visually demonstrate your project.
Above all, remember that your submission is a whole package and is assessed as so. So think about how all these elements fit together, and good luck.
WHAT IF I'M NOT SELECTED FOR MEETMARKET?
We offer a number of alternative ways to get your projects heard considered and to get connected with Decision Makers, including Round Table sessions, one-to-one meetings in our Ten Minute Meets and other pitch opportunities during the Festival and throughout the year. These are listed on our Marketplace Overview page. We also offer the Market Switchboard service where our team can give advice on who might be useful for you to meet in the Marketplace in Sheffield.
IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL
If your application is successful, you agree to attend Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 for the duration of the MeetMarket on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th June. Failure to do so may result in your project being withdrawn.
If your application is successful you must register to attend Sheffield Doc/Fest. You or your project representative will need to purchase a festival pass which you must register for ahead of the festival. If you do not register for Doc/Fest, you will not be able to participate in the MeetMarket or Alternate Realities Market. Subsequent project team members must also register for additional passes if they wish to participate in Market meetings. The festival pass gives you full access to the Marketplace, Film Programme, Talks and Sessions Programme, Alternate Realities and social events.
WHAT ARE THE MEETMARKET INITIATIVE TERMS AND CONDITIONS?
A non-refundable administration fee of £26+VAT applies per project. For more information about the fee and VAT please view our guidelines.
Your application and participation implies unconditional acceptance of these guidelines.
The selection committee decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome. Feedback is not guaranteed if your application is unsuccessful.
The scheduling of meetings is at the discretion of the organisers.
The organisers reserve the right to change the guidelines or processes at any time and without notification.
The organisers will not take rights or liabilities in projects selected.
The organisers accept no liability in the event that their publications reproduce inaccuracies that you provide in submitted materials.
We retain the right to use your submitted still images for marketing purposes in perpetuity and to request still images and finished trailers in the future for marketing purposes.
We can provide a MeetMarket laurel to be added to your marketing materials, trailers, posters and end credits for the final film. Please get in touch to request a laurel.
WHAT ABOUT THE ALTERNATE REALITIES MARKET?
The Alternate Realities Market runs parallel to the MeetMarket. Twenty five digital media led projects will be selected from submissions to hold matchmade one-to-one meetings with funders, mentors, advisors and digital experts from across the world. This is not a one-size-fits-all market, we invite people for you to meet who best fit with your needs.
The Alternate Realities Market 2018 submissions are now open.
If you have any queries about how MeetMarket works or the submission process, please email the Marketplace team.