Sheffield Doc/Fest opens its factual media marketplaces Meetmarket and Crossover Market and announces new fund acknowledging rise and importance of interactive documentary projects.
Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Meetmarket, an acclaimed programme bringing together documentary filmmakers with decision makers such as commissioners, distributors and producers, has today opened for submissions until Wednesday 20 March. The second Crossover Market, aimed at projects led by digital or interactive media has also opened for submissions today and will close on 21 February.
Charlie Phillips:, the festival’s deputy director says: “We work year round to ensure that the Doc/Fest marketplace offers bespoke pitching opportunities that work for each and every project. It’s especially gratifying that MeetMarket’s year-on-year success means we consistently attract top drawer projects and decision makers, and I’m also very pleased that we’ve been able to extend our reach with the Crossover Market – which now includes projects from anywhere in the world – and offers a unique opportunity for interactive filmmakers to connect with the right people.”
MeetMarket 2014 will take place on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 June and will include 65 new documentary, factual and interactive projects pitching to around 270 decision makers. Matchmade, one-to-one meetings (each project can expect 15-20 meetings) will be scheduled between the world’s best documentary filmmakers and interactive media-makers and key international funders and experts who can support them.
In the past few years the programme has developed itself as one of the world’s top factual media marketplaces. Projects can be at any stage from early development to post-production, from anywhere in the world, and in any genre of documentary/factual, from factual entertainment through to art/installation documentaries and cross-platform works.
Last year Meetmarket raised a projected £6.5m for 63 projects. A total of 262 decision makers attended including distributors and sales agents (19%); commissioners, buyers, financiers, investors and film funds (57%); crowdfunding platforms, mentors, advisers and consultants (19%); and producers and executive producers (5%).
Held for a second time, the Crossover Market will take place on Saturday 7 June and is open for the first time to international applications. Twenty-five digital or interactive media projects – or projects to be funded or distributed in innovative ways such as crowdfunding, self-distribution, VOD, or even voluntary donation projects – will meet in matchmade one-to-one meetings with funders, mentors, advisors and digital experts from across the world.
As well as being able to pitch ideas to cross-platform commissioners and experienced digital producers, selected projects will be offered a chance to meet with digital agencies, brands, third sector representatives, and other potential supporters from outside of the traditional film and TV industries. The projects pitched can work across all media platforms in their delivery and may go beyond documentary into hybrid genres and fiction.
Ramillas Sheffield Interactive Fund
All projects selected for the Crossover Market will be in consideration for the Ramillas Sheffield Interactive Fund – a brand new interactive documentary fund. Five projects in the Crossover Market will be invited to pitch on stage in a public event during the actual festival and the winning project will be awarded €3000.
The award is funded by Ramillas, an angel investor seeking to co-finance and co-produce original interactive documentaries.
Guy Spriggs of Ramillas says: “Interactive documentary is an exciting new field, with a growing number of creative projects appearing every year. The Ramillas Fund at Sheffield Doc/Fest means international prestige for the winner as well as prize money, practical feedback and a chance to gain further funding in the future.”