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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 offers many pitch opportunities, with substantial amounts of funding, in-kind support and opportunities up for grabs, for a wide range of different kinds of factual projects. We have pitches and marketplace opportunities for both professional and non-professional DIY filmmakers.

2017 Festival Pitches & Competitions

BBC Northern Docs Pitch

Six shortlisted new directors will vie to prove that they are ready to take on the challenge of a long form documentary for BBC Three. Each director will introduce their proposed film idea in front of an audience and a panel of BBC commissioners and industry representatives. Together the panel will decide – in front of the Sheffield audience – who they think is the most promising director and award the prize at the end of the session. The successful director will receive a long form BBC commission offer in 2017/18 for BBC Three, and support from a northern-based independent production company who will provide mentoring and executive producing support.

Applications for the BBC Northern Docs Pitch have been extended. The new deadline to apply is by midnight UK time on Tuesday 30 May.

Find out how to apply here.


Doc/Dispatch supported by Deutsche Welle (DW), is a brand new initiative to reach out to producers and filmmakers of topical, urgent and fast-turnaround stories from around the world. The Doc/Dispatch Film Open Call provides citizen reporters, investigative filmmakers and responsive news units with a festival platform to engage both new and existing audiences who will vote for the prize-winning film worth £1,000. And Doc/Dispatch in Marketplace will facilitate one-to-one filmmakers to connect with commissioners, including representatives from media organisations who showcase responsive, fast-turnaround content on their platforms. Meetings will be attended by representatives from Deutsche Welle, The Guardian, NYT Op-Docs, Al-Jazeera English and HUCK.

Applications for the Doc/Dispatch Film Open Call are now closed.

Applications for the Doc/Dispatch 10-Minute-Meets are now closed.

The Just So Film Fund 'Postcards'

During Doc/Fest 2017, the Just So Film Fund will award 12 grants of up to £5,000 to filmmakers and a home on the Postcards platform.

Applications will open later this year.

Closed Pitches & Competitions

On-Screen Talent Market - On-Screen Talent Market is a Sheffield Doc/Fest initiative to connect potential on-screen talent with producers, commissioners, and Decision Makers looking for fresh faces for their programmes. If you're an expert or academic considering a career in television, this unique platform will provide the opportunity to be coached in how to pitch yourself to TV professionals and then grant you the meetings in which to do so. Applications to this pitch are now closed

Virgin Money Shorts Competition - If you dabble in filmmaking in your spare time, or have always fancied having a go at creating your own film – now is your chance to shine. Virgin Money have launched a short film competition with the theme of ‘Curiosity’, giving amateur filmmakers the chance to pitch their film at Doc/Fest 2017 and win up to £1,000. Applications to this pitch are now closed.

The Guardian Pitch in association with IBT - IBT (the International Broadcasting Trust) are back at Doc/Fest and have joined forces with The Guardian, offering filmmakers the chance to pitch ideas for short documentaries about climate change, receive £7,500 towards their film and an online premiere on The Guardian website. Applications to this pitch are now closed.

The BFI Film Fund - The BFI Film Fund is committed to supporting documentary filmmaking, and specifically documentary films with theatrical potential. BFI will invite a shortlist of up to eight projects will present their projects at a private pitching session at Doc/Fest 2017. Applications to this pitch have now closed.

The Whicker's World Foundation Film & TV Award - The Whicker's World Foundation is awarding £80,000 to the most promising pitch for an authored documentary for a filmmaker under 30, with a £10,000 award granted to a runner-up. Applications to this pitch have now closed.

The Whicker's World Foundation Sage Award - The Sage award will recognise a TV or audio professional who has come to air with an authored story for the first time, a prize of £5,000 and runner-up of £1,000 will be awarded annually to an applicant aged 50 plus. Applications to this pitch have now closed.

The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch - The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch is back at Doc/Fest 2017. Once again First Cut will be offering five new directors the chance to pitch at the festival and one winner will walk away with a commission from Channel 4 for their first 60’ film. Applications to this pitch have now closed.

The Mix Boomer Pitch The Mix are heading to Sheffield Doc/Fest to launch The Boomer Pitch. Five filmmakers will have the chance to deliver a live pitch, and two winners will walk away with a £5,000 commission to create a short, character-driven documentary that explores how members of the Baby Boomer Generation really think. Applications to this pitch have now closed.

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