Sheffield to launch interactive doc fund

Five projects participating in the CrossoverMarket at this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest will be selected to pitch for a US$4,080 grant from a new fund, set up by an angel investor seeking to co-finance interactive documentaries.
January 6, 2014

Projects participating in Sheffield Doc/Fest’s 2014 CrossoverMarket will be eligible for consideration for a new fund being set up by an angel investor seeking to co-finance interactive documentaries.

This year, five projects participating in the UK festival’s annual funding market will have the opportunity to pitch on stage for a €3,000 (US$4,080) grant from the Ramillas Sheffield Interactive Fund.

Ramillas is a Barcelona-based angel investor headed by entrepreneur Guy Spriggs, who created the Dutch social media network, and economist Susana Lozano.

“Interactive documentary is an exciting new field, with a growing number of creative projects appearing every year,” Spriggs said in a statement. “The Ramillas Fund at Sheffield Doc/Fest means international prestige for the winner as well as prize money, practical feedback and a chance to gain further funding in the future.”

The CrossoverMarket takes place on June 7 and is open to international applications for the first time. Launched last year, the pitching market will give 25 digital or interactive projects, including projects funded or distributed through self-distribution and crowdfunding schemes, the chance to have one-on-one meetings with prospective funders, commissioners, producers, brands and third-party agencies.

It is open for submissions from today (January 6) to February 21. For complete details visit the festival’s website.

The festival’s big draw, the annual MeetMarket for film, TV and interactive doc projects, takes place on June 9 and 10. During the event, 65 doc projects will pitch to 270 potential funders and commissioners. Applications for the MeetMarket are open from January 6 to March 20.

Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place from June 7 to 12 in Sheffield in England.

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