Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 offered many 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. We had pitches and marketplace opportunities for both professional and non-professional DIY filmmakers. All applications for 2017 pitches are currently closed.
The BFI Film Fund - The BFI Film Fund is committed to supporting documentary filmmaking, and specifically documentary films with theatrical potential. BFI will invite a shortlist of up to eight projects will present their projects at a private pitching session at Doc/Fest 2017.
The Whicker's World Foundation Film & TV Award - The Whicker's World Foundation is awarding £80,000 to the most promising pitch for an authored documentary for a filmmaker under 30, with a £10,000 award granted to a runner-up. Winner: 'Hope Frozen' by Pailin Wedel
The Whicker's World Foundation Sage Award - The Sage award will recognise a TV or audio professional who has come to air with an authored story for the first time, a prize of £5,000 and runner-up of £1,000 will be awarded annually to an applicant aged 50 plus. Winner: 'My NHS: Voice from the Grassroots’ by Steven Carne
BBC Northern Docs Pitch - Six shortlisted new directors will vie to prove that they are ready to take on the challenge of a long form documentary for BBC Three. The successful director will receive a long form BBC commission offer in 2017/18 for BBC Three, and support from a northern-based independent production company who will provide mentoring and executive producing support. Winner: ‘Schizo’ by Ryan Lee
The Guardian Pitch in association with IBT - IBT (the International Broadcasting Trust) are back at Doc/Fest and have joined forces with The Guardian, offering filmmakers the chance to pitch ideas for short documentaries about climate change, receive £7,500 towards their film and an online premiere on The Guardian website. Winner: ‘Born Into The Whale’ by Maia Krall Fry
The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch - The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch is back at Doc/Fest 2017. Once again First Cut will be offering five new directors the chance to pitch at the festival and one winner will walk away with a commission from Channel 4 for their first 60’ film. Winner: ‘This is My Place’ by Tom Green
The Mix Boomer Pitch - The Mix are heading to Sheffield Doc/Fest to launch The Boomer Pitch. Five filmmakers will have the chance to deliver a live pitch, and two winners will walk away with a £5,000 commission to create a short, character-driven documentary that explores how members of the Baby Boomer Generation really think. Winner: ‘Creative Joy’ by Natasha Hawthornthwaite & ‘Golden Girls House’ by Alice Rhodes
Doc/Dispatch - Doc/Dispatch supported by Deutsche Welle (DW), is a brand new initiative to reach out to producers and filmmakers of topical, urgent and fast-turnaround stories from around the world. The Doc/Dispatch Film Open Call provides citizen reporters, investigative filmmakers and responsive news units with a festival platform to engage both new and existing audiences who will vote for the prize-winning film worth £1,000. And Doc/Dispatch in Marketplace will facilitate one-to-one filmmakers to connect with commissioners, including representatives from media organisations who showcase responsive, fast-turnaround content on their platforms. Meetings will be attended by representatives from Deutsche Welle, The Guardian, NYT Op-Docs, Al-Jazeera English and HUCK. Winner: ‘The Fight’ by Violeta Ayala
The Just So Film Fund 'Postcards' - During Doc/Fest 2017, the Just So Film Fund will award 12 grants of up to £5,000 to filmmakers and a home on the Postcards platform. Applications will open later this year.
Virgin Money Shorts Competition - If you dabble in filmmaking in your spare time, or have always fancied having a go at creating your own film – now is your chance to shine. Virgin Money have launched a short film competition with the theme of ‘Curiosity’, giving amateur filmmakers the chance to pitch their film at Doc/Fest 2017 and win up to £1,000.
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