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From one-to-one meetings to group discussions, this year’s Marketplace sessions provided a wide range of opportunities to meet with Decision Makers. 

All sessions took place at Cutlers' Hall – the hub for all Marketplace activities during the Festival.

Please note: you need to have a Festival Pass to sign up for these events. More information on how to register for the 2018 Festival can be found here. Sign ups to the 2018 Marketplace Sessions will open in the new year.

Round Tables

This session format invites delegates to meet with Decision Makers through informal group discussions. Running for 90 minutes, the session features five tables with one or two Decision Makers at each table. During the course of the event, you will meet with all attending Decision Makers for 15-minute group meetings.


All Ears: Making Audio Docs and Podcasts 

Audio documentaries and podcasts are more popular than ever, but what are the current needs and interests in terms of new content? This session takes the pulse of the audio industry by inviting key commissioners and production companies to outline their editorial profiles and commissioning processes.

Katherine Godfrey, Head of Digital & Speech, Whistledown

Liam O'Brien, Series Producer – Documentaries on One, RTE

Nick van der Kolk, Host/Director of Love + Radio, Radiotopia podcast network      

Steve Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service

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Docs Just Wanna Have Fun(ds)

Every year, a number of documentary funds and foundations attend Doc/Fest – we’ve invited five of them to attend this session and explain just how they can support your project. From development to completion funds, and the general to the niche, this informal event is a perfect introduction to different approaches to documentary funding.

Katie Speight, Editorial Consultant & Lynn Nwokorie, Film Officer, BRITDOC

Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, Co-Founder, Catapult Film Fund       

Lucila Moctezuma, Programme Director, Chicken & Egg Pictures             

Lucy McDowell, Factual Development Executive - Broadcast, Film and Games, Wellcome Trust

Please note: more Decision Makers will be added to this event.

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Feature Docs for Cinema & TV

How do some of the leading international broadcasters work with feature-length documentary content, and what should you know about their commissioning process? How can theatrical distributors help you reach cinema audiences with your documentary? Share the table with leading industry experts and get answers to all your questions.

Nikki Heyman, Coordinating Producer, POV

Jo Lapping, Strand Executive, BBC Storyville

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, Commissioning Editor - Grand Format, ZDF/ARTE

Marcel Karst, Theatrical Sales Manager, Dogwoof

Chris Harris, Programmer & Head of Virtual Services, Picturehouse Cinemas   

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New Visions: Cinematic, Experimental & Hybrid Docs

Celebrating the art of documentary, this session brings together delegates with Decision Makers who are keen to support filmmakers and ideas exploring inventive and artistic approaches to filmmaking, pushing the boundaries of nonfiction storytelling.

Confirmed Decision Makers:

Anne Köhncke, Producer, Final Cut For Real 

Hajnal Molnar Szakacs, Manager, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program

John Van Wyck, Creative Associate, Cinereach     

Katie Speight, Editorial Consultant & Lynn Nwokorie, Film Officer, BRITDOC

Philippa Kowarsky, Managing Director, Cinephil

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How to reach big with your compact story. This round table invites a range of creative companies championing bite-sized documentary narratives, and is designed to get you thinking of how new partnerships can help you create your short film and find audiences for it.

Lindsay Crouse, Coordinating Producer, NYT Op-Docs

Matt Diegan, Producer, Just So – Postcards

Rob Alderson, Editor-in-Chief/VP Content, We Transfer

Shelley Jones, Video Commissioner, NOWNESS        

Max Gogarty, Executive Editor, BBC Three             

Alex Hryniewicz, Head of Multiplatform, Little Dot Studios

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Meet the Festivals

This round table event features representatives from the leading film festivals and markets in Europe and North America, and is your go-to event for fine tuning your festival strategy. Request to meet with the festival(s) of your choice, and meet with Decision Makers in small group discussions.

Confirmed Decision Makers:

Austin Nauert, Film Conference Programming Manager, SXSW     

Hajnal Molnar Szakacs, Manager, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program         

Paola Mottura, Program Manager, Documentary & Fiscal Sponsorship, IFP           

Laurien ten Houten, Docs for Sale & Guest Services Coordinator, IDFA 

Karin Rywkind Segal, Artistic Director, Docaviv

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10-Minute Meets

This is a one-to-one session format where delegates meet with Decision Makers for short 10-minute meetings. Each session focuses on a particular topic, and features Decision Makers representing that part of the industry. These are match-made sessions where Decision Makers are brought together with those delegates that are most relevant to them. 


Budgeting for VR 10-Minute Meets

Get practical advice on how to budget for your VR project in this session featuring a range of professionals with extensive experience in producing successful virtual reality projects, some of which are featured in this year's Alternate Realities programme.

Confirmed Decision Makers:

Beth Osisek, Director of Development & Hayley Pappas, Head of Films, RYOT


Ashley Cowan, Producer & Co-Founder, VR City  

Jane Gauntlett, Project Maker, In My Shoes

Mark Atkin, Director, Crossover Labs

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Doc/Dispatch 10-Minute Meets

Some stories need to reach audiences fast, and this new Doc/Fest initiative caters for producers with urgent and topical stories from around the world, wanting to connect with key platforms and commissioners. Doc/Dispatch in Marketplace will facilitate one-to-one meetings for selected filmmakers to connect with commissioners, including representatives from media organisations who showcase responsive, fast-turnaround content. Doc/Dispatch 10-Minute Meets is part of a larger programme, which also comprises the Doc/Dispatch Film Programme, and is supported by Deutsche Welle.

Bilaal Hoosein, Executive Producer of Acquisitions, Al Jazeera English        

Charlie Philips & Lindsay Poulton, The Guardian         

Charlotte Cook, Co-Creator, Field of Vision

Eloise King, Executive Producer UK, VICE                              

Isabel Freeman, Head of Production at TCOLondon & Andrea Kurland, Editor in Chief, HUCK

Kate Cox, Deputy Head, Documentaries and Coproductions, Deutsche Welle

Lindsay Crouse, Coordinating Producer, NYT Op-Docs

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