Soundology Breakthrough Pitch

In it’s inaugural year, Soundology in collaboration with Sheffield Documentary Festival have set up this unique opportunity for up and coming film makers. Following an overwhelming number of a strong calibre of applicants we came up with a shortlist of 4 strong candidates. The four talented finalists have very diverse backgrounds and experience. Click here to read more about the Breakthrough Pitch.

We have an amazing line-up panel of judges:

Anna McDonald London Film Academy
Phil Ilson London Short FF
Dan Louw BBC Senior Development Producer
Nainita Desai Soundology

If you can’t attend doc festival in june, come back for an update and images from the day.

Breakthrough documentary-maker?

£1,000 plus mentoring on offer for new talent making a documentary on a subject close to the heart. Sheffield Doc/Fest is delighted to introduce the Soundology Breakthrough Pitch – a new pitching opportunity for 2014 aimed exclusively at new documentary talent looking for a break into the industry.


We want your idea that will engage the audience for 3-5 minutes in a short documentary on a subject close to your heart – something that means a lot to you personally – a story you feel really must be told. You can interpret this brief in whateverway you like.

Entrants should be new entrants to the documentary/film/TV industry with little or no broadcast or festival screening experience. We are especially interested in applicants from culturally diverse backgrounds and from outside of London, though all applicants are welcome and will be judged on merit.


We will select 4 new documentary-makers without any major industry experience and give them the chance to pitch documentaries of 3-5 minutes in length on stage in Sheffield during Doc/Fest 2014 in front of major documentary industry representatives. All the filmmakers selected to present projects will be offered pitch training to prepare them for the experience.

The winning filmmaker will be awarded a cash prize donation of £1,000 to make their documentary, a composed track/s from major film and TV composers Soundology and ongoing industry mentoring from the Sheffield Doc/Fest team.


This pitching opportunity is now closed for entries

To be considered you must be able attend sheffield doc/fest on wednesday 11th june 2014 – the date of this pitching event


Congratulations to: Cara Jessop, James Soldan, Katie Lambert, and Luke Eldridge

UPDATE: 13th JUNE 2014:

After a nerve racking, tense final, we are pleased to announce that Luke Eldridge,

won the Pitch with his winning proposal “FORECOURT WAR” . We look forward to working with Luke and developing his film.