UK festival Sheffield Doc/Fest has unveiled an On-Screen Factual Talent Market and several initiatives aimed at increasing accessibility, in addition to launching a new logo (pictured).
The summer festival’s latest addition, the On-Screen Factual Talent Market, aims to connect factual and specialist factual experts with producers and commissioners looking for “new and emerging diverse faces” for their programs.
The market is open to UK-based talent from the sciences, arts, engineering and politics, through to more niche fields. It will include pitch training for the selected talent, and curated one-on-one meetings with decision makers at the festival.
Applications for the market are open until January 25.
Secondly, the festival’s former Videotheque library has been renamed MarketPlayer. The online doc library resource will link with Marketplace activities and look to provide easier access to more than 200 documentary titles.
Elsewhere, the festival’s interactive storytelling program – which last year featured 16 interactive and nine VR projects – has been renamed Alternate Realities.
Finally, in order to improve accessibility, Sheffield will open a crèche service to all delegates attending the festival with young children, and for attendees who are deaf and hard of hearing, there will be a selection of interpreted screenings.
In a statement, Sheffield Doc/Fest CEO and director Elizabeth McIntyre (pictured, right) noted that the festival is celebrated for its “sassy” character and is now striving to be a more welcoming destination.
“In a fractured industry, it’s vital to have welcoming destinations to make and nurture connections for the benefit of all – to identify brilliant new and emerging ideas and talent as a decision-maker, and to have the forum in which to pitch and make deals, offering the complete creative life-cycle,” said the former Discovery Networks International exec, who took on her role in September. “At Doc/Fest, industry delegates across the spectrum can both inspire others and be inspired.”
Sheffield Doc/Fest next takes place from June 10 to 15, 2016.