15 July 2009

MeetMarket submissions for Sheffield Doc/Fest now open – artists welcome

Sheffield Doc/Fest invites submissions from artists working in single-screen and/or cross-platform/interactive media, to our flagship documentary and cross-platform marketplace pitching event, MeetMarket.

MeetMarket is Doc/Fest's pitching initiative designed to match documentary makers' most innovative project ideas with UK and international buyers. MeetMarket generated £7.5m in negotiation in 2008, with the one-on-one matchmade personalised format meaning you can discuss your project creatively in detail with specialist funders and commissioners, and without the usual pressure in public pitches of pitching to a large room of people. Artists should be making work which in some way fits the category of documentary/factual in subject. Although no financing needs to have been secured already, projects will be favoured which are at an advanced stage of research and development, if not in production, with projects having being developed beyond a conceptual proposal.

At MeetMarket, buyers, commissioners, funders and executive producers from broadcast, cinema, internet, mobile and beyond view online one-minute pitch teasers of innovative documentary ideas, along with one-page treatments, 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 development, production or post-production, and cross-platform projects are also very welcome. MeetMarket will give artists an opportunity to present new projects to funders and commissioners from across the spectrum of the documentary and art worlds.

Participants to pitch to comprise major international factual funders, including Wellcome Trust, ICA, Tate Media, Channel 4, BBC, ITVS, Arte France, ARTE GEIE, Sundance Institute, Britdoc, ZDF, AVRO, Cinereach, NPS, RTE, ARD, YLE, and over 80 more.

Also at Sheffield Doc/Fest will be a special conference session and networking event on the meeting of factual and documentary production and artists film and video. This will be for documentary producers, artist filmmakers, documentary and web funders, and anyone else interested in this crossover area. It is strongly recommend artists attending Sheffield Doc/Fest participate in this session, at which there will be excellent networking opportunities to meet the documentary community.

Applying to MeetMarket is an online submissions process, and more information can be found here.
Artists are welcome and ecouraged to contact MeetMarket producer Charlie Phillips in advance of applying for full advice by emailing Charlie@sidf.co.uk
Deadline for submitting to MeetMarket is strictly Friday 4th September.

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