UK-based documentary conference and festival Sheffield Doc/Fest has put out the call for marketplace projects for its flagship industry event, the MeetMarket.
The 16th annual event, which supports documentary features and non-fiction series, is expected to take place during the 2021 Sheffield Doc/Fest in June, running in parallel with the Arts Talent Market for extended reality (XR) and new media artists.
The organizers are planning a hybrid industry program to facilitate both virtual and in-person encounters “ensuring that participation remains maximally international” due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are holding space and discussing with our partners at Sheffield City Council a range of options for our annual industry gathering that of course puts the safety of everyone, locals and guests, as number one priority,” said Patrick Hurley (pictured), director of Marketplace and Talent at Sheffield Doc/Fest. “As we launch our call for projects, we want to make clear that the option to participate virtually for selected teams and industry representatives is assured.
“We are hopeful about welcoming guests to Sheffield in the summer while knowing for certain from our experience this year that we can continue making great connections happen regardless of any general or region-specific travel restrictions that may be in place.”
Applications for the 2021 MeetMarket and Arts Talent Market are now open. Meetings with industry representatives will be coordinated for selected participants by the organizers during the festival, beginning June 4, 2021.
MeetMarket applications will close Feb. 15, 2021 at 17:00 GMT, while Arts Talent Market deadlines are set for March 1, 2021 at 17:00 GMT.
Sheffield Doc/Fest is expected to present its slate of MeetMarket projects to industry partners in April.
In 2020, Doc/Fest’s industry program brought together more than 150 directors and producers, as well as 250-plus industry executives, for more than 1,400 match-made 1:1 meetings and round-table sessions, according to festival organizers.
Notable projects to have found funding partners in previous MeetMarkets while in development or production include Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugarman, Nanfu Wang’s One Child Nation, Petra Costa’s The Edge of Democracy, Almudena Carracedo’sThe Silence of Others, David Osit’s Mayor, Jehane Noujaim’s The Square, Roger Ross Williams’ God Loves Uganda, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence, and Stanley Nelson’s Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.