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Television documentary pitching workshop - Inverness, Thursday 17th July

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Sheffield Doc/Fest is inviting Scottish producers to attend a special workshop in Inverness on July 17th, offering complete preparation for getting your project funded at this year’s Marketplace, and a chance to observe the realities of pitching to an international documentary market.

Doc/Fest presents the UK’s biggest international documentary marketplace which includes the unique pitching initiative: MeetMarket* where, in pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings,
documentary makers pitch their newest projects to dozens of UK and international buyers, EP’s, commissioning editors and distributors. MeetMarket provides high quality, original ideas with the possibility to be fast-tracked from development to production, in a supportive and dynamic setting.

The workshop is an opportunity to prepare your projects for the Marketplace at Sheffield. Offering an exclusive window into the priorities of the international documentary market, this is a chance to learn what UK, European, North American and other decision-makers are looking for right now from you. There are also places a number of places for non-pitching observers, who will gain a unique insight into the increasingly vital world of co-production.

Taking place in Inverness on July 17th, the workshop is an opportunity for producers and filmmakers in Scotland to develop projects one-on-one with the Doc/Fest team, as well as peers. Led by international marketplace specialists Christina Burnett and Karolina Lidin, this is an invaluable opportunity to refine both your ideas and project presentation skills. Projects can be at any stage of development. Please note that we will also be holding an introductory reception the evening before the workshop and participants are encouraged to attend this if possible. Last year’s workshops led directly to 17 of the 39 projects eventually being selected for MeetMarket. There are many other opportunities to pitch your project at Sheffield if you are not in the MeetMarket and this workshop will help you prepare for the market opportunities at the festival.

The projected worth of sales in negotiation sparked at MeetMarket 2007 adds up to £4,321,980, and rising.

“MeetMarket surprised me: I had an extraordinarily creative response to my film from 23 intelligent men and women who care passionately about documentaries. They reflected my story back to me and I came out richer – not just financially, although I have already been offered money to complete my film, but in terms of valuing my project.” - MeetMarket participant 2007

Places for this workshop are very limited. To express interest, and for more information, please email Marketplace Producer Charlie Phillips at stating your name and company, along with a one-page pitch for the project that you’d like to work with at the workshop and apply to the Doc/Fest MeetMarket with. Your project can be at any stage of development. Alternatively, if you would just like to attend the workshop as an observer, please state that in your email

This workshop has been made possible through the kind support of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The Skillset Film Skills Fund and The MEDIA Programme of the European Union. The Skillset Film Skills Fund is supported by the National Lottery through the UK Film Council and the film industry through the Skills Investment Fund.

*MeetMarket is based on an original initiative of the Australian Film Commission (AFC) and The Australian International Documentary

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