MeetMarket Submissions are now open!

We’re excited to open submissions for the MeetMarket, one of the world’s largest documentary and factual markets and pitching forums. Selected projects will have the opportunity to meet with top Decision Makers among 300+ international funders, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors. The MeetMarket offers a unique way to pitch your project through carefully matchmade meetings between pitchers and Decision Makers, for creative and financial discussions.

The MeetMarket is open to all documentary makers, local and international, and we welcome submissions from established, emerging as well as first-time filmmakers. Projects can be in any form ranging from long form to series and formats.

Last year, we received over 550 entries from 64 countries, and selected 65 projects to pitch at the MeetMarket and 25 projects to pitch at the Alternate Realities Market. Over the course of two intensive days, more than 1600 match-made meetings took place in Cutlers Hall, our dedicated Marketplace venue, with an average of 18 meetings per projects.

Our markets give you the chance to meet with the likes of A+E, ARTE, BBC, Bertha Foundation, Catapult Film Fund, Channel 4, Submarine, Curzon, Cinereach, Doc Society, Dogwoof, Field of Vision, The Guardian, Google, National Geographic, NETFLIX, New York Times, PBS, Pulse Films, SKY, Submarine, SXSW, Universal, VICE, and many more companies and organisations who are looking to support and invest in new works of documentary storytelling.

Many internationally successful documentaries have found partners in the MeetMarket while in development, including Unrest, Bobbi Jene, Searching for Sugarman, The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, A Family Affair, Forever Pure, Mavis!, 5 Broken Cameras, The Story of Film, and many more.

We're also very happy to see projects that went through the MeetMarket return to Sheffield to share their completed work with local and international audiences. This year, 8 films screened at Doc/Fest are MeetMarket alumni, including No Greater Law, by Tom Dumican, and The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, by Feargal Ward.

Here is what some of our 2018 project participants and Decision Makers had to say about their experience at the MeetMarket:

"I would have nothing but positive things to say about the Marketplace(...)Thanks again for a great festival"
Austin Nauert, SXSW

"We can’t thank you enough for the support, advice and encouragement in the lead-up to the event. Then, during the two days, you and your team thought of everything - the whole thing ran so smoothly (the volunteers were fantastic). Michael and I had lots of productive meetings"
Claire Burgoyne (producer) & Michael Fanning (director/producer), MeetMarket participant: The Sheriff & Nobody Knows Jack

"Thank you so much for having us! It was a treat to meet the filmmakers and help them understand our funds."
Marjon Javadi, Doc Society

"I really had a grand time in Sheffield, very inspiring and with tons of new contacts."
Mads Mikkelsen, CPH:DOX

"Thank you for coordinating such a seamless MeetMarket – we had a great run of meetings and really appreciated the attention to detail (notepads, mints!) and the gentle guidance of the MeetMarket teams."
Elhum Shakerifar, MeetMarket participant: Maya & Ayouni

We believe that no other market offers the intimacy and chance for personal connections that Doc/Fest does, and we are looking forward to reading about your projects!

To be part of the 2019 festival, submit your project via our submissions page here.

If you have any enquiries regarding Marketplace submissions, please email our Marketplace & Talent Coordinator, Manon at manon.euler@sheffdocfest.com

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