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September 19-22, 2017, Alliance Française Bangkok



The project development workshop

Our aim is to give ASEAN producers and directors:workshop-asd-2016

  • a better understanding of their own project and it’s international potential;
  • advice on marketing and pitching their project;
  • an overview of who’s who in the international market (in terms of broadcasters, funders, sales agents, and production companies for co-production relationships).

Workshop overview:

  • Analyze and criticism of the projects ; research of the axes of development
  • Work on the “Marketing” of the projects: teaser / logline / title
  • Presentation of the different possibilities offered on the International Market for selected projects; contacts and examples
  • 3 case studies of international coproductions relevant for the selected projects
  • The “Art of Pitching”: at the end of the training, each project’s holder will do a public pitch in front of Thai decision makers (producer, distributor, broadcaster…)

Selection process and timeline

  • Up to 9 projects will be selected to attend the project development workshop in Bangkok / 19-21 September
  • Up to 6 projects will be shortlisted to be pitched publicly in front of the trainers and Asian Side of the Doc selection jury / 22 September
  • Only 1 project will be selected to be pitched at Asian Side of the Doc 2017 , the first international marketplace for documentary in Asia held in Bangkok for the second consecutive year / 7-10 November

Elements required for projects submission

  • Synopsis in Englishsumbit-workshop
  • 1 PDF file with: all the information that you consider useful in order
  • Trailer (5 GB maximum) Formats accepted: MOV, AVI, MP4, MPEG-2, 3GP, AAC, FLV (M4V is not accepted)
  • Company and/or Team profile (500 characters max.)
  • Project early footage (300 dpi) to help the jury assessing your project. For example synopsis, budget, funding plan, commitment letters, treatment, short biographies of the author-director and presentation of the producer.

Elements must be provided in the Google Form here by September 9, 2017 :

Meet the team of international experts & trainers:


Yves Jeanneau

CEO of Sunny Side of the Doc and Asian Side of the Doc

The Big Pitch session on September 22 will be followed by a Master Class about the International Documentary Market and how to build bridges between producers, increase networks and create new opportunities of coproductions!

YVES JEANNEAU, founder and CEO of the annual international doc marketplace events Sunny Side of the Doc (since 1989) and Asian Side of the Doc (since 2010), will lead the team of trainers in the workshop and master class.

He co-founded and was General Director of the French production company Les Films d’Ici from 1984 to 2000. He then became Director of documentaries of Pathé Televisions (2000-2001) before heading the Documentary Unit of France 2 (2001-2005) and producing documentaries within Telfrance Group (2006 to 2010). His producers’ credits include award-winning films such as “Murder on a Sunday Morning” (Oscars®2002).

His long and rich experience of the documentary film production in the international market place, have allowed him to establish a global professional network in factual programming.

Esther van Messel portrait

Esther van Messel

Producer and CEO of First Hand Films (Switzerland/Germany)

ESTHER VAN MESSEL, born 1965 in Vienna, lives in Switzerland and holds a Bachelor’s degree in film & television production and in history from the University of Tel Aviv.

In 1990, she joined Warner Bros. Israel and became Head of Distribution. From 1992 she produced international feature films and documentaries as Head of Co-Production and Sales for an independant production company in Zurich.

Since 1998, Esther van Messel runs her own company FIRST HAND FILMS in Zurich and Berlin for international distribution of documentaries, TV series and fiction films. In 2015, the company represents around 300 films and producers from all over the world.

First Hand Films produces selected projects. In 2011, KISS THE FROG FILMS was founded for development and production of smart non-fiction. In 2013, FHF started theatrical distribution in Switzerland, releasing Cannes’ Caméra d’Or winner PARTY GIRL as well as Oscar Doc CITIZENFOUR, PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW and FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS – THE STORY.


Christian Popp

Independent producer and co-founder of YUZU Productions (France)

CHRISTIAN POPP, born in Romania, is a German-French independent producer who started his career as a commissioning editor at ARTE (1997), first in Strasbourg and then in Berlin. He became a producer 12 years ago. Since then he produced for Interscience film, Artline Films and Docdays Productions.

In 2012, he founded YUZU Productions, based in Montreuil, France, together with Fabrice Estève. Christian furthermore frequently works as a tutor, pitching moderator and advisor for numerous markets, documentary workshops and festivals.


Pailin Wedel

Independent filmmaker

PAILIN WEDEL is Thai-American journalist and filmmaker based in Bangkok. Pailin regularly produces documentary reportage pieces for Al Jazeera’s 101 East program and other TV outlets. Her current film is a creative documentary titled, HOPE FROZEN a compassionate film probing the ethics and morality of cryogenics and the meaning of death.

Her project was selected for 2016 Asian Side of the Doc workshop for ASEAN filmmakers, and then pitched at the 7th edition of the international marketplace event in Bangkok where it was awarded the Best ASEAN Prize.

Pailin has just won the Whicker’s World Foundation £80,000 Funding Award at the Sheffield Doc Fest in June 2017 for HOPE FROZEN. Her work centers on themes of faith, trauma, and adaptation to modernity.

Master Class on September 22, 2017

Topics include:

  • Trends of the International Market
  • Who does What? (roles of broadcasters, producers, sales agents, funders, etc)
  • Places to be & alternative funding opportunities
  • The Art of Pitching


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  • Masterclass open to all professionals – Limited seats available
  • Participation ticket is 130 Euro (5,000 Baht)

How to register to the workshop?

Register using the following form:

The elements to be provided for pre-selection are:

  • Synopsis and treatment;
  • Video teaser (if available);
  • Complete presentation of the director, producer and main partners involved, with their short bio and records of precedent works.


Public Screening on Sept.22 at 7pm


A documentary by Mark Kidel, written by Mark Kidel with Nick Ware

Cary Grant, one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, was troubled most of his life with self-doubt and insecurity due to childhood trauma. In his fifties he began a long course of treatment, taking LSD to exorcise his demons. Using words from his unpublished autobiography, and newly-discovered personal footage he shot with a film-maker’s eye, Cary Grant explores his long journey from childhood poverty to global fame, and from darkness out into the light.

In this film we discover for the first time a different Cary Grant, the man behind the mask of subtle charm and suave sophistication that he wore to hide his insecurities. This is a story of a man in search of himself, on a quest to find the love that eluded him most of his life.

The words of Cary Grant are spoken by Jonathan Pryce, the music is by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Tim Norfolk & Bob Locke (The Insects).

Produced by YUZU Productions, in association with ro*co films productions

Coproduced by ARTE France  in collaboration with CINE+ (France), Foxtel Arts (Australia), Channel 8 (Israel), Czech Television (Czech Republic), Channel One (Russia), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), RTS (Switzerland), Planete+ (Poland), Sky ARTE HD (Italia), Sky Arts (New Zeland) and SHOWTIME DOCUMENTARY FILMS


Price: 500,00 THB