We're thrilled to announce we are now accepting applications for MeetMarket 2020! The MeetMarket is one of the world’s largest documentary and factual markets and the flagship pitching opportunity at Doc/Fest with the opportunity to meet with top Decision Makers among 300+ international funders, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents and exhibitors.

Doc/Fest offers a unique way to pitch your projects through individual match made meetings between pitchers and the Decision Makers, so they can get straight into creative and financial discussions. Projects range from long form films to short form films, series and formats.

The MeetMarket is open to all documentary makers, local and international, and we welcome applications from established, emerging as well as first-time filmmakers. Projects can be in any form ranging from long form to series and formats. Projects can be at any stage of development, production, or post-production and do not need to have financing already in place.

In 2019 we received over 450 entries from 57 countries around the world and invited 62 projects to pitch at the MeetMarket. In 2020, 40-60 projects will be selected for the MeetMarket. Over the course of two intensive days, more than 1000 match-made meetings will take place in our dedicated Marketplace venue, Cutlers’ Hall.


To submit your project to the MeetMarket, you will first need to create an Eventival account HERE. Once you have created your Eventival account, you will be able to login and submit your project(s) via our online application form.

Before entering your project, please carefully read our MeetMarket Terms and Conditions.

All the information you need to know about how to apply and what to submit in your application can be found in our MeetMarket Guidelines and Form Overview.

Application Fee and Deadlines:

Opens: Thursday 14 November 2019 12:00 noon GMT
Deadline: Friday 14 February 2020 12:00 midnight GMT Fee: £26+VAT

Please note the fee to apply to the MeetMarket is per application and that the fee is non-refundable.

Alternate Realities Talent Market

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

To read more about the Alternate Realities Talent Market and how to apply, please click HERE.

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. To take advantage of this offer email our Service team, with subject line DocFest 2020 at ukibroadcastservice@gettyimages.com .

If you have any enquiries regarding Marketplace submissions, please email our Marketplace & Talent Programme Coordinator, Manon: manon.euler@sheffdocfest.com

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