If you are new to the Marketplace, or looking for some information on how best to approach the Decision Makers most relevant to your project, this is the best place to get the inside track. 

The Market Switchboard is open 10:00-18:00 on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 June in the Cutlers' Hall Marketplace Cafe.

The Marketplace team at Doc/Fest welcomes all delegates to approach our dedicated table at the Marketplace Cafe in Cutlers' Hall – the hub for all Marketplace activities. The Market Switchboard offers on-demand advice to filmmakers looking to meet some of the 300 Decision Makers invited to the Marketplace. Here one can get advice on who might be useful to meet in the Marketplace in Sheffield, and how best to approach those people to get funding, advice or mentoring.

Our Market Switchboard mentors help filmmakers and other delegates navigate the Doc/Fest Marketplace: identifying key Decision Makers, discussing filmmaker projects, and helping refine strategies for getting the most out of one's networking, business and creative opportunities.


Meet Our 2017 Mentors

Jean-Jacques Peretti (Monday & Tuesday)

Jean-Jacques Peretti currently works as a Consultant for Sunny Side of the Doc, advising on editorial direction for Sunny Lab transmedia label, looking for original and innovative transmedia projects and experts abroad.

Jean-Jacques Peretti works on the international development of 2nd Vague Productions, alongside producer Paul Saadoun. He has been collaborating with several factual content markets worldwide including GZDOC, Cross Video Days and previously assumed the role of International Development Officer for Sunny Side of the Doc between 2002 and 2011. 

Annabel Grundy (Monday)

Annabel has spent 15 years working in film as a film festival producer, programmer, funder and project manager in Australia and the UK, and is currently managing BFI initiatives to grow UK film audiences in the English regions, at Film Hub North.

In 2016 Annabel produced the first Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival (EDEF), celebration of digital technology, virtual reality, interactive and live arts taking place in Edinburgh in August 2016.  Prior to that she managed film and creative economy development projects for Creative Skillset, worked as Film Adviser within British Council Arts, and delivered industry development programmes for London Film festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and UK Film Council alongside independent festival and curatorial projects.

Talk to Annabel about how to navigate festivals, find allies and decisions makers, or simply make the most of your time at Doc/Fest.

Ingrid Kopp (Tuesday)

Ingrid Kopp is a Senior Consultant in the Interactive Department at the Tribeca Film Institute. She is also the co-founder of Electric South, supporting virtual reality and mobile projects across Africa. She curates Tribeca Storyscapes at the Tribeca Film Festival and produces Immerse, an online publication on emerging nonfiction storytelling.


Market Switchboard Surgeries

In addition to our mentors (above), the 2017 Market Switchboard also provides 90-minute surgeries, where a number of professionals are present at the desk, giving specified advice on their particular area of responsibility and expertise. The Switchboard slots confirmed so far include:


Monday 12 June

11:00-12:00 – Sally Hodgson, PIPOCA

Sally works with distributors, agencies and organisations, online platforms, film directors and producers and events and festivals on audience development, marketing, distribution, project management and production. She's worked in the film industry since 2003, and in 2010 she started working with filmmakers who were interested in exploring and exploiting opportunities to do things independently and with innovation, leading her to become recognised as the UK’s first Producer of Marketing & Distribution (PMD).


13:30-14:30 – Wendy Bernfeld, Rights Stuff

Rights Stuff is a international consultancy providing content strategy and pragmatic licensing services, including content acquisition, distribution and development, with specific emphasis on maximizing the potential of ‘Rights’ and ‘Windows’ across evolving VOD, digital and traditional media.


Tuesday 13 June

11:30-13:00 – The BFI Film Audience Network

The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) is a UK-wide network dedicated to encouraging people to build a lifelong relationship with film, with more people enjoying film, more often. Meet representatives from the Network to find out more about how Film Hubs support exhibition, festivals, independent programming, film culture and film education across the UK. .

13:30-15:00 – The BFI Certification Unit

The BFI Certification Unit is the first point of contact for applicants wanting to qualify their film (including shorts) as British in order to access the UK’s creative sector tax reliefs. BFI certification analyst’s Christopher Halliday and Margherita Modeo are on hand to talk to you about the process for certifying your film as British and accessing tax relief to help finance your documentaries or other film projects. A project may qualify as British either under the cultural test or as a co-production. Further information can be found on the BFI website