Switchboard

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.

This is the Market Switchboard and Surgeries programme from 2018 - more information on the 2019 programme will be available in April-May 2019.

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.

Market Mentors 2018

Jean-Jacques Peretti, Consultant at Sunny Side of the Doc.

Becky Sliwa Webb, Media and Events Consultant.

Market Switchboard Surgeries 2018

In addition to our mentors, the Market Switchboard also provides surgeries, where a number of professionals are present at the desk, giving specified advice on their particular area of responsibility and expertise.

Department of International Trade (DIT)

Monday 11 June 2018 / 10:00-12:00 / Reception Room, Cutler's Hall / Free / No booking required

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the international economic department that secures UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment and championing free trade. We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy.

The UK TV and Film Industries have developed into one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the British economy and whilst many filmmakers understand the importance of overseas markets and the difficulties they may encounter along the way, especially when getting started, very few people know about the free support that’s available. It takes preparation to export successfully and DIT has a variety of ways that we can assist filmmakers who may be looking to sell internationally or require in-market assistance:

International trade advisors:

If it’s face to face help you’re after, DIT’s network of International Trade Advisers (ITAs) can provide support to your business through services tailored to your needs.

Practical help:

From market research through to operational logistics, you can get access to terms, processes and information you need to be successful at selling overseas.

Export opportunities:

Discover unique business opportunities gathered by government from its network of Embassy and High-Commission trade experts, as well as overseas partners.

BBC New Talent

Monday 11 June 2018 / 13:00-15:00 / Reception Room, Cutler's Hall / Free / No booking required

Please note that you must have a Festival Pass to access Cutler's Hall.

Meet the BBC Talent Executives from Current Affairs, Factual and Factual Entertainment for career guidance, CV advice and information on forthcoming production and editorial opportunities at the BBC and BBC Studios.

The BBC Surgery experts were:

  • Caroline Carter - Talent Executive for BBC Studios - The Documentary Unit and Digital

  • Caroline staffs up projects at all levels - from Executive Producer to Runner on output ranging from observational documentaries such as 'Louis Theroux', 'Life and Death Row', 'The Met: Policing London', to history projects such as new series on Margaret Thatcher and Princess Margaret. Her team have just won Baftas for the arts documentary 'Basquiat Rage to Riches' and single drama 'Murdered for Being Different'. Caroline's remit also covers Digital projects - from podcasts to branded commercials and docs for Facebook, Youtube and BBC3. She is involved in recruiting for the BBC training schemes, and is a member of the RTS Futures Committee.

  • Elsa Sharp - Talent Executive for BBC Studios Factual Entertainment, Ceremonial Events and Music
  • Elsa staffs up big scale returning live events, popular factual singles and series from editorial staff runners to executive producers and production secretaries to production executives. Her slate includes live events such as the Royal Wedding, The Proms and Top Gear as well as singles and series such as Amazing Hotels - Life Beyond the Lobby (BBC2) The Life Swap Adventure (BBC2), The Secret Helpers (BBC2) and Bowie: Five Years (BBC2. She is involved in recruiting for BBC schemes and initiatives and is the author of How To Get A Job in Television.

  • Kathryn Park - Talent Executive for Current Affairs
  • BBC Current Affairs is a journalistic powerhouse for the kind of original journalism which distinguishes the BBC from all its competitors. The department is responsible for a wide range of programming from landmark investigative series like House of Saud: A Family at War to international travelogues with Simon Reeve. We also make observational films like Unarmed Black Male for our international BBC Two strand This World. On BBC Three we make hard hitting documentaries like KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy and Stacey Dooley Investigates.

David Johnstone – WK Film Insurance

David has specialised in film and television insurance for over ten years working at the point where the creative, legal and financial meet.

Advice is offered based on the specific requirements of each production in order to arrange the policies are required to be green lit by financiers and subsequently to be able to obtain distribution.

His work has seen him place the additional covers required to cover undercover exposé filming, shooting in war zones and inhospitable locations and to use fair use and archive material working alongside a clearance lawyer.

Recent documentary credits include Time Trial, Becoming Animal, Nae Pasaran, Aquarela, The Accidental Anarchist, Arcadia and From Scotland with Love.

The BFI Certification Unit

Tuesday 12 June 2018 / 13:00-15:00 / Reception Room, Cutler's Hall / Free / No booking required

Please note that you must have a Festival Pass to access Cutler's Hall.

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 Chantel Burrell 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.

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 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 - http://www.bfi.org.uk/supporting-uk-film/british-certification-tax-relief

Other Surgeries - Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square

Want to Work in Film?

Saturday 9 June 2018 / 14:00-16:00 / Exchange / Free

An opportunity for aspiring and new filmmakers, artists and animators to connect with Alice Ramsey, Talent Executive at BFI Network, and Maria Stoneman, Head of Operations & HR at Sheffield Doc/Fest, to find out about the film industry and kick-start your career. No need to book, just drop by.

Want to Work in Film?

Sunday 10 June 2018 / 14:00 / Exchange / Free

An opportunity for aspiring and new filmmakers and film crew to connect with Sam Rifkin, Project Coordinator at Creative England, and Maria Stoneman, Head of Operations & HR at Sheffield Doc/Fest, to find out about the film industry and kick-start your career. No need to book, just drop by.

If you have any queries about the Market Switchboard and Marketplace Surgeries, please contact the Marketplace team.