We're thrilled to announce we are now accepting applications for Arts Talent Market 2021! The Arts Talent Market(formerly billed the Alternate Realities Talent Market) exists to foster collaborations between creatives, artists 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, audio and sound art, interactive documentary, immersive virtual reality , augmented and mixed reality, AI, immersive sound technology, games, 360° video, motion comic to performance, expanded cinema and art installations.

The Arts Talent Market is open to all documentary/non-fiction artists and collectives, local and international, and we welcome applications from established, emerging as well as first-time creators. We welcome applications from individuals as well as teams. Up to 25 teams will be invited to pitch at the 2021 edition of the Arts Talent Market.

Read about our plan for a hybrid event in 2021 HERE.


To submit your project to the Arts Talent Market, 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 submission form.

Before entering your project, please carefully read our Arts Talent Market 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 Arts Talent Market Guidelines and Form Overview.

Application Fee and Deadlines:

Opens: Monday 23 November 2020 9:00 AM GMT

Deadline: Monday 1 March 2021 12:00 noon GMT

Fee: £26+VAT

Discounts are available for DAC listed ODA recipient countries.

Please note the fee to apply to the Arts Talent Market is per application and that the fee is non-refundable.

Getty Images free content partnership

Getty Images is pleased to offer MeetMarket and Arts 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 2021 at ukibroadcastservice@gettyimages.com .

If you have any enquiries regarding Arts Talent Market applications, please email our Industry Programme Producer, Manon: manon.euler@sheffdocfest.com

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