The Sheffield Doc/Fest Marketplace is a major funding, sales and distribution platform designed to unlock UK and international market opportunities, and facilitate creative collaborations. The Marketplace comprises a range of business activity and is open to all delegates, from first-time filmmakers to established talent, from feature-length film projects, to shorts and series.


MeetMarket is one of the world’s largest documentary and factual markets and pitching forums, with the opportunity to meet with over 300 international funders, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors. Doc/Fest offers a unique way to pitch your projects through match-made meetings between pitchers and Decision Makers, to get straight to the creative and financial discussions. Projects range from long form to short form films, series and formats.

For more information about the MeetMarket, click here.

Alternate Realities Talent Market

Alternate Realities Talent Market exists to foster collaborations between creatives 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 art, interactive, immersive, virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, AI, immersive sound technology, games, 360-video, motion comic to live performance, room-scale experience and installation.

For more information about the Alternate Realities Talent Market 2020, click here.

Marketplace Summit & Marketplace Sessions

The Marketplace Summit is our day dedicated to connecting filmmakers with distributors and sales agents as well as exploring key issues facing the industry. Come to clue-up at the panels and case studies and then connect with international industry representatives at the networking sessions in the afternoon - Meet the Sales Agents and Meet the Distributors, followed by our Marketplace Welcome Drinks Reception.

The Marketplace sessions invite delegates to meet with Decision Makers through informal group discussions. Running for 90 minutes, the session features five tables with one or two Decision Makers at each table. During the course of the event, the delegates will meet with all attending Decision Makers for 15-minute group meetings.

You can read about our 2019 Marketplace sessions programme here. You can also read about our Marketplace Summit here.

Pitch Opportunities

Sheffield Doc/Fest offers a number of pitching opportunities during the festival. Pitch opportunities are announced in the months leading up the festival, from January 2020 to April 2020.

You can read about our open pitch opportunities and how to apply here.

The Market Switchboard

The Market Switchboard offers on-demand advice to filmmakers looking to meet some of the 300+ Decision Makers invited to the Marketplace. 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.

You can read about our 2019 Switchboard and Surgeries here.

If you have any queries about our Marketplace, please contact