A new initiative from UK-based Sheffield Doc/Fest’s is aimed at producers and directors who have topical and urgent stories from around the globe.
The Doc/Dispatch Film Program will provide citizen reporters, investigative filmmakers and responsive news outlets with a festival platform to engage with audiences who will vote for the prize-winning film. Titles will be selected from an open call between April 13 and May 5.
The initiative will provide up to 12 films the chance to compete for the Doc/Dispatch Prize, supported by German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, worth £1,000 (US$1,250) and offer market and screening opportunities within the annual festival.
Selected filmmakers will participate in one-to-one 10-minute-meetings to connect with commissioners, including representatives from media outlets who show 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.
There are a number of media organizations who are looking for topical, news-led and investigative film content, said Elizabeth McIntyre, director & CEO, Sheffield Doc/Fest, in a statement.
“From smartphone recordings to high-end productions, Doc/Dispatch gives a unique opportunity across our Film and Marketplace programs to bring together filmmakers to showcase their responsive work, and to create new business opportunities with distributors, broadcasters and digital platforms,” she added (pictured).
To qualify, films must be under 40 minutes and completed after March 15, 2017. Doc/Dispatch titles will be screened at the festival in June.