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Meet your documentary match at Sheffield Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket

MeetmarketYes it’s that time of the year again. Sheffield Doc/Fest is taking submissions for its high profile pitching format MeetMarket, giving you the chance to meet your documentary funder, buyer or mentor.

As a real doc geek you probably know Sheffield Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket, the festival’s very popular pitching initiative. Just in case you don’t though here’s a little summary of what MeetMarket offers.

For MeetMarket 2013, approximately 65 projects will be selected to pitch over two days, and each can expect 15-20 meetings with key funders and decision makers, matchmade and scheduled based on their requests and needs.

If your documentary project gets accepted to MeetMarket you can expect meetings with some of the world’s top funders and mentors who can support your film. Key is to give them the feeling that there is a real match between their skills and vision and you and your work’s.

No less than 250 decision makers attended the forum last year, including most major international broadcasters and funders, covering creative documentary, science, history, arts, theatrical, online and broadcast distribution, sales agents, interactive media, and more.

To see the full list of who attended in 2012 click here (NB: this list will be updated with the 2013 decision makers very soon.)

Since 2006, MeetMarket has seen £27 million in deals done, leveraging a further £117 million and rising – no wonder that getting accepted for the event can be a difficult job alone.

However, without trying you’ll never get anywhere. So, if you have a documentary project you think suitable then visit the MeetMarket page on the Sheffield Doc/Fest website by clicking here and start submitting.

Projects can be:

• at any stage from early development to post-production.

• from anywhere in the world.

• in any genre of documentary/factual, from factual entertainment through to art/installation documentaries and cross-platform.

The application process requires a synopsis, short teaser, essential budget figures, and biographical information on participants. You can submit your film until 20 March 5pm.

Good luck!

What does MeetMarket Look like? – A film by Buzz Films


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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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