The Sheffield International Documentary Festival (Doc/Fest) has unveiled schedules for its Marketplace and Industry events.
The 2019 Marketplace will include over 300 decision makers from 30 countries.
The 15th edition of the fest’s flagship pitching forum, MeetMarket, will see producers and directors from 62 project teams from across 27 countries representing their work. These include Andee Ryder, Mark Cousins, Sally Potter, Eleanor Emptage, Sara Stockmann, Teddy Leifer, Adam Darke, Mads Bruger, Jerry Rothwell, Zhao Liang, Eva Weber, Mike Lerner, Orlando von Einsiedel, Damon Davis and Barak Heymann.
Some of the projects include The Real Truman Show, from director Clair Titley and producer Andee Ryder; The Story of Looking, from director Mark Cousins and producers Adam Dawtrey and Mary Bell; Oh Moscow from director Sally Potter and producer Christoper Sheppard; and series including The Concession, from Jerry Rothwell.
Elsewhere, the Alternate Realities Talent Market, now in its sixth year, encourages collaboration on new projects between decision makers and participants, focusing on projects in development in virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, 360-degree video and other multi-media, multi-person digital art works and installation pieces.
This year’s slate includes projects ranging from new feminist and LGBTQI+ histories and dangerous journeys alongside refugees, to the consequences of our AI-led future and discovering extremophile lifeforms from an ecosystem deep inside the Earth.
Titles to be pitched include The Fun of Fear, an interactive VR documentary from creator/director/producer team Lester Francois and Anna Brady; Fractal Flight, from director/producer team Aaron Bradbury and Paul Mowbray; and doc series Fight Back, from director/producer team Celine Tricart and Marie Blondiaux.
The MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Talent Market take place on June 10 and 11 at the Grade II listed Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield.
Meanwhile, Sheffield will host a variety of industry speakers as part of panel sessions, filmmaker masterclasses and onscreen talent interviews. These include doc filmmaker and media personality Stacey Dooley; filmmaker Paul Greengrass; journalist, broadcaster and BFI senior curator Danny Leigh; BBC3 controller Fiona Campbell; producer Mia Bays; producer and director Carol Morley; hip-hop artist Rodney P; and music journalist and promoter Chantelle Fiddy.
Panels will cover topics including breaking into the industry, the responsibilities of documenting youth culture, how filmmakers tell participatory and authentic stories of poverty, the work of feminist film collectives and archives, the next development in access documentary series, the advantages and challenges for producers based outside of London, and pressures on personal mental health for filmmakers.
Lastly, Doc/Fest includes four open call pitching opportunities: BBC3 Pitch, the Channel 4 First Cut Pitch, Joseph Rowntree Foundation X Guardian Pitch, and The Whickers Pitch. Four closed pitches include the Chicken & Egg Pitch (Egg)celerator (only for Chicken & Egg program participants), Korean Pitching Day (only for Korean Delegation participants), the University of Sheffield How to Pitch Your Academic Idea (only for University of Sheffield academics) and the Thai Delegation Pitch.
Sheffield Doc/Fest will run from June 6 to 11. The full Doc/Fest program will be announced on May 9.