62 projects from 27 countries were selected from over 450 submissions and invited to pitch at the 15th edition of the MeetMarket in June 2019. You can read about the selected projects here. The call for submissions for the 2020 edition of the MeetMarket will open in November 2019.
The MeetMarket is one of the world’s largest documentary and factual markets and pitching forums. Selected projects will have the opportunity to meet with top Decision Makers among 300+ international funders, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors. The MeetMarket offers a unique way to pitch your project through carefully matchmade meetings between pitchers and Decision Makers, for creative and financial discussions. The MeetMarket is open to all documentary makers, local and international, and we welcome submissions from established, emerging as well as first-time filmmakers. Projects can be in any form ranging from long form to series and formats.
In 2019 we received over 450 entries from 57 countries, and selected 62 projects to pitch at the MeetMarket and 25 projects to pitch at the Alternate Realities Market. Over the course of two intensive days, more than 1650 match-made meetings took place in Cutlers Hall.
Our markets give you the chance to meet with the likes of A+E, ARTE, BBC, Bertha Foundation, Catapult Film Fund, Channel 4, Submarine Entertainment, Curzon, Cinereach, Doc Society, Dogwoof, Field of Vision, The Guardian, Google, National Geographic, NETFLIX, New York Times, PBS, Pulse Films, SKY, Submarine, SXSW, Universal, VICE, and many more companies and organisations who are looking to support and invest in new works of documentary storytelling.
Many internationally successful documentaries have found partners in the MeetMarket while in development, including The Edge of Democracy, Unrest, Bobbi Jene, Searching for Sugarman, The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, A Family Affair, Forever Pure, Mavis!, 5 Broken Cameras, The Story of Film, and many more.
We're also very happy to see projects that went through the MeetMarket return to Sheffield to share their completed work with local and international audiences. This year,One Child Nation by Nanfu Wang (MeetMarket 2017), The Edge of Democracy by Petra Costa (MeetMarket 2017) and Symphony of the Ursus Factory by Jásmina Wójcik (MeetMarket 2018) were screened in competition at Doc/Fest.
Here is what some of our 2019 project participants and Decision Makers had to say about their experience at the MeetMarket:
"An extra thank you for curating an amazing first MeetMarket experience for me. The breadth of projects and organization of the volunteer team was a breath of fresh air"Graham Fine, The Film Sales Company.
"Sheffield Doc/Fest makes it easier than any other documentary festival to connect with industry and filmmakers through their unique panels and Marketplace events”Matt Grady, Founder, Factory 25.
"Thanks for all you do to make MeetMarket and the Marketplace such a useful event" Rebecca Nicholls, Java Films.
"Thank you for the thoughtful attention to planning rich, productive and valuable days for us and all of the projects. It was really worthwhile for us, and I was impressed with how seamlessly you ran the Meet Market[...]Thanks for reaching out and for all the ways you’ve supported teams like ours over these last several weeks. It’s an investment on multiple levels and it goes a long way!"Anya Rous, producer and MeetMarket participant.
"It was a wonderful event and we really appreciate the time that you and the whole team put into making it happen"Anna Murphy, producer and MeetMarket participant.
"I`m gonna keep it short and simply say that our attendance at this year's MeetMarket was nothing short of remarkable for us. Thank you so much for your hard work and efforts"Christian Falch, producer and MeetMarket participant.
We believe that no other market offers the intimacy and chance for personal connections that Doc/Fest does, and we are looking forward to reading about your projects!
If you have any enquiries regarding the MeetMarket, please email our Marketplace & Talent Coordinator, Manon at firstname.lastname@example.org