Sheffield DocFest unveils projects in 2022 MeetMarket pitching forum

The Sheffield DocFest has revealed the 35 documentary projects that will be participating in its annual MeetMarket pitching forum, which will be taking place on June 27 and 28, the ...
April 28, 2022

The Sheffield DocFest has revealed the 35 documentary projects that will be participating in its annual MeetMarket pitching forum, which will be taking place on June 27 and 28, the last two days of the 2022 festival.

Returning to an in-person format for the first time since 2019, the MeetMarket will allow the makers of the selected projects — all of which are in various stages of development or production — to participate in one-on-one pitch sessions with international and UK decision-makers and experts, approximately 300 of whom are expected to attend this year’s festival. All UK broadcasters and funds have confirmed their attendance, and representatives are also expected from such major international outlets as Netflix, Arte (France), DR (Denmark), VPRO (Netherlands), SVT (Sweden), ESPN and Al Jazeera, among others.

The participating projects in the MeetMarket, which represent 25 countries of production or coproduction, were selected by a panel of seven international industry professionals with expertise covering production, development, sales, distribution, exhibition and festivals. This year’s assessors were Alexis Galfas, Cinetic Media; Lindsay Poulton, The Guardian; Mandy Chang, Fremantle; Manon Euler, BFI Film Hub Midlands; writer, producer and director Rajesh Thind, Rei García, Doc & Rio Festival Agency; and Tiny Mungwe, STEPS (Social Transformation and Empowerment Projects).

Info on 34 of the 2022 MeetMarket projects is included below — details of one project are being made available to select decision-makers only.

Between the Rains (Kenya/U.S.)
Directors: Andrew H Brown, Moses Thuranira
Producers: Moses Thuranira, Samuel Ekomol, Andrew H Brown, Ngaihike Napuu

Brigidy Bram: The Life and Mind of Kendal Hanna (Bahamas/U.S./South Africa)
Directors: Kareem Mortimer, Laura Gamse
Producers: Kareem Mortimer, Laura Gamse

The Buddhists of Beara (Ireland)
Director: Maurice O’Brien
Producer: Clare Stronge

Collateral Echoes (UK)
Director: Baff Akoto
Producer: L-A Appiah

Concrete Land (Jordan)
Director: Asmahan Bkerat
Producer: Sahar Yousefi

Copa ’71 (UK)
Directors: Rachel Ramsay, James Erskine
Producer: Victoria Gregory

Dalton’s Dream (UK)
Directors: Kim Longinotto, Franky Murray Brown
Producer: Lorine Plagnol

Eat Bitter (Central African Republic)
Directors: Ningyi Sun, Pascale Appora-Gnekindy
Producer: Mathieu Faure

Emma & Eddie, a Working Couple (Hungary/France)
Director: Gábor Hörcher
Producers: Marcell Iványi, Christine Le Goff

Everest Dark (Canada)
Director: Jereme Watt
Producers: Merit Jensen Carr, Ina Fichman, Michael Bodnarchuk, Jereme Watt

Faces of Agata (Poland/UK)
Director: Małgorzata Kozera
Producer: Maria Krauss, Peter Fudakowski

40 Years of Silence (UK/Iraq/Sweden)
Director: Maythem Ridha
Producers: Maythem Ridha, Andreas Rocksén, Mostafa Nagy

A Fox Under a Pink Moon (Iran)
Director: Mehrdad Oskouei
Producers: Mehrdad Oskouei, Siavash Jamali

The Gender Project (w/t) (U.S.)
Director: Kimberly Reed
Producers: Louise Rosen, Kimberly Reed, Robin Honan

Housewife of the Year (Ireland)
Director: Ciaran Cassidy
Producer: Maria Horgan

Hummingbirds (U.S.)
Directors: Silvia Castaños, Estefanía Contreras
Producers: Jillian Schlesinger, Leslie Benavides, Miguel Drake-McLaughlin

I Am Irvine Welsh (UK)
Director: Paul Sng
Producer: Natasha Dack Ojumu

The Journalist and the Jailer (Germany)
Director: Adithya Sambamurthy
Producer: Alex Tondowski

Life + Life (U.S.)
Director: Contessa Gayles
Producers: Contessa Gayles, Richie Reseda, David Felix Sutcliffe

Lock-In (Finland/Spain)
Director: Chico Pereira
Producer: Kaarle Aho

Matryoshka (Costa Rica/Mexico)
Director: Maricarmen Merino
Producers: Paulina Villegas, Karla Bukantz, Maricarmen Merino

My Extinction (UK)
Directors: David Proud, Paul Viragh
Producer: Lindsey Dryden

#NunsToo Documentary(U.S./Italy)
Director: Lorena Luciano
Producer: Filippo Piscopo

Our Hoolocks (India/South Korea/U.S.)
Directors: Ragini Nath, Chinmoy Sonowal
Producers: Gary Byung-seok Kam, Kweighbaye Kotee

The Portuguese Experiment (UK)
Director: Nick Willing
Producer: Michele Camarda

The Queendom (Mexico)
Director: Otilia Portillo Padua
Producer: Paula Arroio Sandoval

Redlight to Limelight (India/Estonia)
Director: Bipuljit Basu
Producers: Max Tuula, Maria Gavrilova

Re-evaluation (UK)
Director: Toby Bull
Producer: Kat Mansoor

Searching for Mariam (France/U.S.)
Director: Jehan Selim Harney
Producers: Marc Berdugo, Barbara Conforti, Jehan Selim Harney

A Sudden Glimpse to Deeper Things (UK)
Director: Mark Cousins
Producers: Adam Dawtrey, Mary Bell

Time Hunter (Namibia/Germany/U.S.)
Directors: Daniel Chein, Mark Mushiva
Producers: Daniel Chein, Mark Mushiva, David Felix Sutcliffe

To Use a Mountain (U.S.)
Director: Casey Carter
Producer: Colleen Cassingham

Untitled Fan Ruozhou Project (China/UK)
Director: Fan Ruozhou
Producer: Chen Daishan
Co-producer: Lasse Johansson

Wife of (Estonia)
Director: Volia Chajkouskaya
Producers: Ivo Felt, Christian Popp, Marius Markevicius

The 2022 Sheffield DocFest runs from June 23 to 28.

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