Sheffield Doc/Fest offers 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 have pitches and marketplace opportunities for new, emerging and established filmmakers.

Various pitch opportunities will be announced over the next months, so make sure to keep up to date with all our latest annoucements regarding pitch opportunities by signing up to our enews here and by following us on social media.

This is an overview of the pitch opportunities for 2019. The pitch opportunities for next year's edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest will be announced in due course.


The BBC Three Pitch

Sheffield Doc/Fest is delighted to announce the BBC Three Pitch, which we’re hosting in partnership with the BBC. BBC Three is passionate about identifying and championing emerging filmmaking talent in the North as well as bringing compelling content and stories rooted in the North to a BBC audience.

Ideas from pitch applicants can be for both short (up to 30 mins) and long form (up to 60 mins).

As well as targeting directors, BBC Three is opening up this year’s pitch to include talent who might not yet be at director level, as long as they have enough relevant filmmaking and production experience. 

The successful winner will receive the following a BBC commission offer in 2019 for BBC Three + support from a northern-based independent production company who will provide production support to complement the winner’s experience.

Winners: Rebecca Southworth / Ashley Turner


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation x Guardian Pitch

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and The Guardian are collaborating on again on a public pitch to take place at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2019. The opportunity invites filmmakers to present ideas for short documentaries that explore the nature and impact of poverty in the UK, in a way that can open up minds, improve public understanding of the issue and start to shift attitudes towards some of the most marginalised people and communities in the UK.

JRF and the Guardian are looking to support two short films with funding (a maximum of £30,000 per film) and global release via

Winners: Edwin Mingard and Elizabeth Benjamin (Stoke Film) / Hazel Falck - United Voices of the World


The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch

The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch is back! Once again Channel 4 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. 

The successful director will receive : A1 x 60’ First Cut commission offer in 2019/20 ; One month fully-paid development and mentorship with an indie (£5,000 development cash) to further develop either your own idea OR the indie’s, paid for by the Channel 4 ; One week’s NFTS training (plus wages for that week) paid for by the Channel 4, which supports new talent and creative diversity.

Winner: Ashley Francis-Roy



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