The filmmakers taking part in Sheffield Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket pitching forum have been announced.
The forum runs from June 13-14 and organises around 1,000 meetings between filmmakers and international decision makers in documentary and digital funding.
This year’s MeetMarket attracted a record 614 applications, has invited 63 project teams – including six cross platform – from 18 countries.
Among the filmmakers taking part are Alex Gibney, Franny Armstrong, Victor Kossakovsky, Ben Lewis, Brian Hill, Joshua Oppenheimer, Marshall Curry and Johan Grimonprez, Jeannie Finlay and Phil Grabsky.
Each project can expect around 16 scheduled meetings. To date, 258 decision makers have confirmed attendance, up from 239 last year.
For a second year, the EBU Documentary Group will meet at Doc/Fest enabling commissioning editors from across Europe to join the decision makers who have so far confirmed attendance.
Other international delegations confirmed are Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, South Sudan, Syria, and Tunisia.
MeetMarket forms part of the wider Sheffield Doc/Fest Marketplace, now in its 20th year.
For the first time, it will include a Crossover Market that concludes the Devise to Deliver (D2D) mentoring and training programme which has been held around the country for the past seven months, delivered by Sheffield Doc/Fest and Crossover Labs.
Twenty-five interactive and digital projects, mostly but not exclusively alumni from D2D, will pitch their projects in meetings to digital buyers and mentors. Crossover Market takes place on June 11 and throughout the festival, which runs from June 12-16.
An additional seven pitching opportunities will take place at Sheffield Doc/Fest 20 including the inaugural BFI Film Fund pitch and the New York Times Op-Docs pitch.