Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 Pitch Opportunities and Competitions

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 featured a large range of pitch opportunities and competitions, offering thousands of pounds in funding and in-kind support for development, production and placements.

For a full list of 2015 pitch winners click here.

See below for information about 2015 pitch opportunities and competitions:

10X10 - The premise was simple: screen up to 10 minutes of your non-fiction work-in-progress and receive 10 minutes of directed feedback from an amazing Doc/Fest audience of your filmmaking peers.

BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Stories' - Offered the opportunity to win a £2000 commission for a 4-6 minute documentary by a new UK filmmaker with an idea for a documentary targeted at youth aged 15-29.

The Guardian Documentaries Pitch - Sheffield Doc/Fest hosted The Guardian's first ever public pitch opportunity for a commission worth £5000. Guardian Documentaries bring the best short documentaries to its' global website and look for great documentary ideas that display brilliant storytelling, are told with energy and pace, and tell contemporary stories which lots of people will want to watch and share online.

BFI Film Fund Pitch - In response to the groundswell in theatrical documentary proposals, the BFI launched this new opportunity for filmmakers to access major documentary film funding from the BFI Film Fund, with twice yearly pitching opportunities in London and Sheffield.

Channel 4 First Cut Pitch - An opportunity for UK filmmakers to get a First Cut commission offer, plus mentorship and training. Once again at Doc/Fest, First Cut offered five new directors the chance to pitch at the Festival and one winner walked away with a commission from Channel 4 for their first 60’ film.

International Broadcasting Trust Pitch: Reframing Climate Change - Sheffield Doc/Fest and IBT invited filmmakers to come up with their own suggestions for how climate change could be reframed to appeal to a mainstream audience. IBT offered £4,000 in development funding to the winning pitch.

University of Sheffield Presents How to Pitch Your Academic Idea

As part of its commitment to support specialist factual talent, Doc/Fest had created a forum for academics to pitch and discuss their work with industry stakeholders. In this session, producers and broadcasters offered guidance to academics from the University of Sheffield on how to present effectively to documentary producers and commissioners.


ITN Source Short Film Competition - Filmmakers created a short film using footage from ITN Source's extensive archive collection and three finalist's films were shown on the big screen at Sheffield Doc/Fest. The winner was presented with a cheque for £1000 at the Festival Awards Ceremony.

ARRI Short Film Challenge - Five filmmaking teams were given access to ARRI's latest AMIRA camera to shoot a short film about Sheffield. The competition included a Talent Lab at Sheffield Doc/Fest, an invitation to an exclusive session during the festival, a screening of the final shorts during the Doc/Fest Awards Ceremony, and a £2000 prize.

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