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MeetMarket 2008

The third MeetMarket took place between 19 and 22 February in Fremantle, Western Australia running alongside the Australian International Documentary Conference.

An initiative between the AFC and the AIDC, MeetMarket consisted of 20 Australian projects, represented by their filmmakers, taking pre-arranged meetings with attending buyers from overseas and Australia.

"We were able to invite the buyers that we needed to finance our project, as well as gauge the interest in the project by the number buyers that wanted to meet with us" said Rob Bygott, co-director/co-writer of Kuru, one of the selected projects.

" Showing our project's pitch teaser, (online at the MeetMarket website) to them at the beginning of the meeting was a great way to open the dialogue" he said.

MeetMarket was preceded by a preparation session for the filmmakers. Overseas broadcaster, Jessica Raspe from AVRO The Netherlands, and distributor,Tony Chow from Off The Fence Singapore, discussed what they were currently looking for and their preferences for pitch meetings. The filmmakers then had the opportunity to practise their pitches and receive feedback in an informal and supportive environment.

During MeetMarket more than 150 scheduled meetings took place between the 31 participating buyers and the filmmakers. In addition, three networking functions were held during MeetMarket to further establish relationships between all participants.

Manutai Schuster (Maori Television NZ ), and Rachel Landers (producer The Snowman) at the 2008 Meetmarket.