4. round tables 2017

The Marketplace sessions are round table sessions where delegates are invited to meet with industry 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, participants met with all attending Decision Makers for 15-minute group meetings.

This is an overview of the Marketplace Sessions from 2018. More information about the 2019 Marketplace sessions will be announced Tuesday 30 April.

Decision Makers who attended in 2018 came from organisations such as Vice, New York Times, BFI, Chicken & Egg, Arte, IDA, The Guardian, SXSW, True/False and DocSociety.

Please note: you need to have a Festival Pass to sign up for these events. You can purchase a  Pass for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 here.


Alternate Realities: New Forms of Storytelling 

Come to this session to learn more about the various new forms of non-fiction storytelling made possible by innovations in digital technologies: 360 video & virtual reality, augmented reality, interactive web-docs, installations plus gaming and apps. This session will include speakers from ARTE, the V&A, and more.


For the Fund-Seekers

Doc/Fest’s yearly funding session is a great opportunity to learn more about the different grant funds that are available to filmmakers. A range of funders will offer insight into how they can support your project at all stages, from early development to post-production. Get your funding questions answered by organisations such as Chicken and Egg, the Sundance Institute and others in this informal and insightful event.    


Shorts Circuit 

In this Round Table session, meet a range of creative companies working across short-form factual content such as Vimeo, The New York Times, the BBC, Boiler Room, HUCK, The Financial Times, Little Dot, VICE, and The Guardian. Find out how to work with these platforms and pitch your ideas for short docs directly to the commissioners.


Sound It Out: Audio Docs & Podcasting 

Whether you’re an audio auteur or looking for a way to be heard in the audio industry, join us to discover what the audio documentary and non-fiction podcast industry is seeking in terms of new content as industry experts discuss commissioning processes, editorial profiles, and more in this Round Table session.


Meet the Festivals

Learn more about the international festival circuit and meet representatives from festivals and markets across Europe and North America including Sundance, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, RIDM, and SXSW. Receive advice on honing your festival strategy and get answers to your questions about programming directions and submissions.


Quid Co-Pro: International Co-Productions 

Want to clue up on how to collaborate with producers in other countries? Join representatives of delegations and national organisations attending Doc/Fest to find out more about how to work on an international co-production, and to discuss the options and potential benefits available to filmmakers.


Here's What Really Happened 

A filmmaker-only session presented in partnership with the International Documentary Association.

No tweeting. No press. No industry Decision Makers allowed. Filmmakers only. Two intimate conversations with the producers behind two feature documentaries revealing personal insights into the art and business of documentary filmmaking. These are just the kinds of honest conversations you might overhear between filmmakers speaking in hushed tones at the local bar late at night during the Festival. Learn what really went on behind-the-scenes including finance plans, deals done and post-release results.


Why VR Workshop | Presented by Google 

Virtual reality. You’ve heard about it, you’ve been intrigued by it, but you just haven’t known exactly where to start. This is the crash course you’ve been hoping for.

We’ve packed a half day full of VR - from an overview of the medium to hands-on training. You’ll walk away with a grasp of what makes VR such a powerful content creation platform, an intro to industry tools and best practices, and the required skills to produce 360° and VR180 videos. You will also have the opportunity to demo some of the best experiences in the medium and, best of all, you’ll leave with a short piece you’ve created.

Google together with Sheffield Doc/Fest welcomes registered delegates to attend this workshop on Saturday 9 June. This event is open to emerging and established filmmakers who are keen to learn more about creating virtual reality. The event is free to attend and we will supply lunch for all attendees.



If you have any queries about our Marketplace sessions, please contact the marketplace team at marketplace@sheffdocfest.com.