Switchboard & Consultancies 2023


The Switchboard and Consultancies room in Cutler's Hall is a space for you to meet one-on-one with experts in the field who can help you navigate the film industry.

Come prepared with specific questions and goals for your project. It's important to have a clear understanding of what you hope to achieve and what questions you need answered in order to make progress. This will help the experts provide you with targeted advice and recommendations.

Be open and receptive to feedback and suggestions. The experts you meet with will have a wealth of knowledge and experience, so it's important to listen to their ideas and suggestions. You may learn about new resources or approaches that you hadn't considered before.

Schedule Consultancies


No pre-registration needed. You can sign up from 12:00, 14 June - 12:00, 16 June in the Reception room in Cutlers’ Hall (venue is open from 9:00 - 18:00). 


Delphine Lievens
Gugi Gumilang
Lisa Marie Russo
Tracie Holder
Manon Euler
Julian Carrington
Abi Mowbray


Documentary Association of Europe (DAE)
Documentary Film Council (DFC)
The Film & TV Charity
The Kurious
Department for Business and Trade
Getty Images


Delphine Lievens

Delphine Lievens (she/they) is a freelancer in UK independent film distribution and exhibition. She has previously held roles as Head of Distribution at Bohemia Media, a UK distributor with a specific focus on diverse voices, at Gower Street Analytics as a Senior Box Office Analyst, and at Altitude Films as a Theatrical Sales Executive. She has worked on the UK releases of a number of critically acclaimed independent films including QUEEN OF GLORY, REBEL DYKES, and Academy Award winner MOONLIGHT. She enjoys discussing current trends in the screen industries and the urgent need for more diversity in film, both on and off screen.



Gugi Gumilang

Currently, Gugi works as Executive Director for an award-winning organization: In-Docs, a non-profit behind Docs by the Sea, Good Pitch Indonesia and VitaminDocs. Alongside this, he also serves as an Executive Board Member of the Documentary Association of Europe (DAE). 

Gugi's professional interests revolve primarily around film projects that have a social impact. His work includes mentoring and consulting on projects and impact campaign strategies. He has also often delivered talks about equitable international co-production practices.

In addition, Gugi has been involved as a guest programmer and jury member for numerous reputable regional and international film festivals and film funds. The following are among them: BKK Doc, IDA, Purin Pictures, DOK Leipzig, Sunny Side of the Doc, Cannes Docs, IDFA Forum, RIDM, CPH:DOX, etc.


Tracie Holder
Tracie is a filmmaker, consultant, producer and U.S. film funding specialist. She co-directed/produced Joe Papp in Five Acts, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and aired on PBS/American Masters in 2022. A 2016 Sundance Creative Producers Fellow, Holder leads workshops, tutors and serves on juries at international pitching and training sessions. She is widely regarded as a “go-to” person and all-round resource for artists seeking U.S. funding having raised more than $3 million in grant awards for her own projects.

Clients include: IDFA, Scottish Documentary Institute, Ignite Ireland, Ramallah Doc, Lisbon Docs, Doc Lab Poland, Doc Nomads, Sheffield Doc Fest, DOC NYC, Chicken & Egg, Black Public Media, Creative Capital, , among others. Holder was a longtime consultant to Women Make Movies and served as the Development & Funding Strategist for Abby Disney’s Fork Films. She is a former board member of NY Women in Film and grant panelist for national and local U.S. funders. Producing credits include Grit, (Hot Docs/POV) and The Quiet Zone, and Give It a Shot, in production. She is currently developing The People’s Will, about a riot in New York in 1849 over a production of Macbeth that led to the death of 22 people. Holder was recently selected to serve as a film industry envoy on behalf of the American Film Showcase, a program of cultural diplomacy run by University of Southern California Film School.


Documentary Association of Europe (DAE)

DAE – Documentary Association of Europe acts and advocates for everyone working in documentary storytelling professions from inside and outside of Europe. The network has almost six hundred individual and institutional  members from across the world and documentary sector. Members benefit from exclusive deals and partnerships with Europe’s leading markets, festivals and other events. Collated and curated content and resources, special networking events and exchange as well as advocacy in the most important conversations and debates. Find out more and become a member at: dae-europe.org


The Documentary Film Council (DFC)

The Documentary Film Council (DFC) is a new sector-wide body for the UK’s independent documentary film industry that will be owned and run by and for its members.

The DFC emerged from consultations with filmmakers and stakeholders across the documentary industry. The findings revealed an urgent need for coordinated action to address the challenges faced by the independent documentary community. Addressing these problems will require long-term, sector-wide coordination by a national body with the remit and resources to do that work. Enter the DFC - a new, democratic organisation designed to represent the interests of the independent documentary community and facilitate effective, coordinated action on the key issues in our industry.

Join us at DocumentaryFilmCouncil.co.uk


The Film & TV Charity

If you work behind the scenes in film, TV or cinema, The Film and TV Charity is here to support you. Whether you’re a researcher or a writer, in casting or production, editing or sales, distribution or exhibition, we’re ready to help. You can expect a friendly ear at the end of our 24/7 Film and TV Support Line, as well as access to financial advice and support, and help with everything from mental wellbeing, discrimination and harassment to a whole host of practical tools and resources.

We also want our industry to see the whole picture when it comes to managing the mental health and wellbeing of your teams. Last year we launched our Whole Picture Toolkit: for mentally healthy productions, so everyone from Managers to Senior Creatives, has the practical means to support the mental health and wellbeing of their teams and crews - from pre-production planning, on set or on location, and right up until you finish the edit and post production.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can support you, come say hi to our team at the MarketPlace! Anna Mishcon, Toolkit Executive, Sophie Freeman, Toolkit Engagement Producer, Bethan Davies Wykes, Comms Manager and Emma Davis, Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator, will be in Cutler’s Hall on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June.


Getty Images

Energise your production by talking to Getty Images, one of the world’s biggest creators and distributors of digital content. We’re proud to be the Official footage partner of Sheffield DocFest and be able to offer Meetmarket entrants our vast library of contemporary and archival stills and video including footage from AFP, BBC, NBC News, Bloomberg, ITN and Sky News. We offer extensive contemporary editorial content from all regions of the world, helping you tell your stories, and millions of affordable, royalty-free creative clips can help fill in gaps and control budgets, including establishers, aerials and drone footage. Our global contributor network can work for you, delivering local content and we can also access over a million hours of offline content, including rare gems through the archives of the BBC, NBC and ITN.



Tate's mission is to increase people's enjoyment and understanding of British art from the 16th century to the present day and of international modern and contemporary art. This happens through four galleries across the UK (Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, Tate Britain and Tate Modern), but also through a variety of digital stories aimed at an international audience of art lovers online. Every year Tate produces over 40 short-form films, ranging from artist profiles and studio visits, to dedicated content for kids and families.

Department for Business and Trade
We are the department for economic growth. We support businesses to invest, grow and export, creating jobs and opportunities across the country.

The range of expert services is tailored to the needs of individual businesses to maximise their international success. Companies are given advice and practical support, and staff can assist at all stages of the business planning cycle, from inception to completion. The Department for Business and Trade offers expertise and contacts through a network of international specialists throughout the UK, and in British Embassies and other diplomatic posts around the world.

We will:

  • advise, support, and promote British businesses wanting to grow and export
  • shape our rules to ensure businesses thrive, markets are competitive, and consumers are protected
  • open up new markets for businesses by removing barriers and striking trade deals
  • secure global investment from businesses and investors
  • champion free trade, economic security, and resilient supply chains


ScreenSkills is the skills body for the UK screen industries, training people at every career stage who make content which everyone loves and trusts.

The ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund addresses skills gaps and shortages in unscripted television across the UK, building a thriving pool of off-screen crew and talent in the nations and regions.

Come along to the Marketplace in Cutler’s Hall from the 14-16 June, where you’ll be able to meet our Unscripted TV team. The team will be on hand to answer questions, offer advice and showcase the breadth of ways in which the Unscripted TV Skills Fund can help you. Including:

  • Job specific training programmes. Previous training offered included: production coordinator, development researcher, series producer, junior editor, and shooting PD.
  • Bursaries: funding available for freelancers to cover the cost of training fees, accommodation, care, disability access costs, equipment, software and travel.
  • A wide variety of short courses across the following three strands for freelancers and production staff:
    • Step Up – helping you move on to a new role or skill up in your current role.
    • Your Life at Work – addressing workplace best practice.
    • Mind Your Business – training in finance and business-related areas.

On Friday 16th June, 15:00-18:00, the team will be offering a CV surgery where freelancers can pick up tips on layout, ordering key information and making the most of all kinds of experience. Turn up on Friday and book in a 10-minute appointment, you will need to bring your current CV in hard copy or on your phone or tablet.

To ensure we are inclusive and accessible to all, please let us know in advance if you require any adjustments or assistance before we meet with you and we will do our best to help. Email Anna on: anna.green@screenskills.com.

Want to know more about ScreenSkills? Join us on Saturday 17th June 14:30-15:15, where a panel of freelancers and employers discuss how the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund’s training programmes have helped people at every career stage identify and plan their development and progression; and why it’s critical for employers to encourage and support new entrants as well as established local talent across the UK.


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