2010 MeetMarket Applications

Posted on 16 August 2010

Submissions close September 1st for pitching new documentary, factual and cross-platform projects

The call for applications for the 2010 MeetMarket at Sheffield Doc/Fest is still open online, but only until Wednesday 1 September, here www.sheffdocfest.com/meetmarket

MeetMarket* is Doc/Fest’s pitching initiative designed to match documentary, factual and cross-platform makers’ most innovative project ideas with UK and international decision makers. For more information on MeetMarket see www.sheffdocfest.com/view/meetmarket

“The most effortless and efficient way to meet numerous key commissioners and decision-makers over two days.” 2009 MeetMarket Participant

This year, we will select approximately 60 projects to pitch, all of whom will have one-to-one meeting with key funders and decision-makers match-made and scheduled.

Projects can be at any stage from early development to post-production, and don?t need to have financing secured. Producers can be from anywhere in the world and we welcome international submissions.

Projects can also be in any genre of documentary/factual, from factual entertainment through to art/installation documentaries. We especially welcome cross-platform projects and this year will have even more devoted cross-platform decision-makers across the whole Doc/Fest marketplace.

If you are selected you are offered the opportunity to request meetings with, and pitch to, a high number of decision makers last year 139 in total, and this year with over 160 already confirmed. To see how much they enjoyed the MeetMarket experience last year watch the film on this page sheffdocfest.com/view/meetmarket

This year we have confirmed participation already from over 160 funders and decision-makers including BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Five, Arte France, ARTE ZDF, Irish Film Board, RTE, VPRO, YouTube, IndieGoGo, NHK, TRT, Gucci Tribeca Film Fund, PBS, Sundance Institute, ETV, DR TV, YLE, HBO, YouTube, TG4, ICA Films, Dogwoof, Soda Pictures, and AVRO. They represent creative documentary, science, history, arts, theatrical, online and broadcast distribution, sales agents, interactive media, and more beyond. To see the full list of who is coming look here sheffdocfest.com/view/buyerslist

MeetMarket generated over £15m in negotiation in 2009, with the matchmaking personalised format meaning you can discuss your project creatively in detail. In total, there were over 1000 matchmade meetings in MeetMarket 2009.

The application process requires a synopsis, one-minute teaser, headline budget figures, and biographical information on participants. For full advice and tips on how to make your application the very best, see our MeetMarket advice on www.sheffdocfest.com/view/meetmarket

Submissions for the the 2010 MeetMarket are subject to an administration fee of £10 plus VAT per project.

SUBMIT YOUR 2010 MEETMARKET APPLICATION ONLINE NOW AT http://www.sheffdocfest.com/meetmarket. Submissions close Wednesday 1 September, 2010. For more info on MeetMarket, and to enquire about applying and whether your projects are suitable, contact Doc/Fest’s Marketplace Director Charlie Phillips at charlie@sidf.co.uk

MeetMarket is kindly supported by the MEDIA programme of the European Unio

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