We are very excited to announce that 2020 call for applications for the MeetMarket and the Alternate Realities Talent Market is now open!



The MeetMarket is one of the world’s largest pitching forums for documentary films. Selected projects will have the opportunity to meet with top Decision Makers among 300+ international funders, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors. The MeetMarket offers a unique way to pitch your project through carefully matchmade meetings between filmmakers and industry Decision Makers, for creative and financial discussions. The MeetMarket is open to all documentary makers, local and international, and we welcome submissions from established, emerging as well as first-time filmmakers. Projects can be in any stage ranging from early development through to rough-cut and the formats we accept are documentary features and series. 

MeetMarket offers filmmakers you the chance to meet with the likes of A+E, ARTE, BBC, Bertha Foundation, Catapult Film Fund, Channel 4, Submarine Entertainment, Curzon, Cinereach, Doc Society, Dogwoof, Field of Vision, The Guardian, Google, National Geographic, NETFLIX, New York Times, PBS, Pulse Films, SKY, Submarine, SXSW, Universal, VICE, and many more companies and organisations who are looking to support and invest in new works of documentary storytelling.

Many internationally successful documentaries have found partners in the MeetMarket while in development, including The Edge of Democracy, Unrest, Bobbi Jene, Searching for Sugarman, The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, A Family Affair, Forever Pure, Mavis!, 5 Broken Cameras, The Story of Film, and many more.

We're also very happy to see projects that went through the MeetMarket return to Sheffield to share their completed work with local and international audiences. In 2019 One Child Nation by Nanfu Wang (MeetMarket 2017), The Edge of Democracy by Petra Costa (MeetMarket 2017) and Symphony of the Ursus Factory by Jásmina Wójcik (MeetMarket 2018) were screened in competition at Doc/Fest.

For more  information about the MeetMarket and how to apply through our portal on Eventival, click HERE.


Alternate Realities Talent Market:

The Alternate Realities Talent Market exists to foster collaborations between artists, creatives and organisations focused on using digital technologies to push storytelling in exciting new directions. The market is for discussing new projects and is open to all artistic practices of digital non-fiction narratives, ranging from video art, interactive, immersive, virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, AI, immersive sound technology, games, 360-video, motion comic to live performance, room-scale experience and installation. Selected artists and creative teams will be connected with industry Decision Makers from funding bodies, NGOs, broadcasters, international festivals, galleries, production companies, tech companies and distribution platforms for new media. 

We are delighted when creative teams who have pitched in the Alternate Realities Talent Market return to the Festival to present completed works in the Exhibition. In 2019, two pieces in the Exhibition were from Alternate Realities Talent Market alumni Darren Emmerson and Zoyander Street. 

For more  information about the Alternate Realities Talent Market and how to apply through our portal on Eventival , click HERE.

Selected participants will have pre-arranged, match-made meetings during Sheffield Doc/Fest on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 June, 2020. 40-60 projects will be selected for the MeetMarket, and 20-25 teams will be invited to pitch in the Alternate Realities Talent Market. Over the course of two intensive days, more than 1000 match-made meetings will take place in our dedicated Marketplace venue, Cutlers’ Hall.

Deadline to apply to the MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Talent Market:

Friday 14 February 2020, 12.00 (midnight) GMT.
Submission fee: £26 excluding VAT


Getty Images free content partnership 

Getty Images is pleased to offer MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Talent Market applicants free use of content from the world’s largest collection of photos and video in their market submissions. Download hi-res clips and stills from the BBC, Discovery, ITN, Nat Geo and Sky News. Search over 11 million editorial, archival and creative clips, tens of millions of stills and an archive dating from the early 1900’s and make your pitch sing.

We believe that no other markets offer the intimacy and chance for personal connections that Doc/Fest does, and we are looking forward to reading about you and your project(s)!




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