Sunny Side of the Doc is bidding farewell to Irem Couchouron


Sunny Side of the Doc’s international development officer, Irem Couchouron is stepping down after six years to join the first international Science Film Festival SILBERSALZ in Halle/Saale (Germany) as Head of Film and Exhibition starting from December 7, 2017 .

Her new role was announced last week by Documentary Campus e.V. and Robert Bosch Stiftung, which will be hosting SILBERSALZ from June 28 – July 1, 2018.

It was under her impulse and by setting up a series of ambitious creative and editorial partnerships that the leading industry’s decision makers numbers have grown to more than 300 in La Rochelle and 100 at Asian Side of the Doc. We warmly thank Irem for all her hard work and wish her great success in her future endeavors.

“It has been an amazing ride and I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with so many brilliant and talented people who deliver amazing work, and have made me laugh every single day.  A new creative challenge starts for me and I am looking forward to working with science producers, artists and creators, scouting amazing films and experiences, and spending more time actually watching films!”


Patrizia Mancini joins Sunny Side of the Doc’s international departmentpatrizia_mancini_pro008

Sunny Side of the Doc are delighted to welcome Patrizia Mancini, as Irem’s replacement, effective from now.

With a wealth of sales agent experience across film, television and multi-platform projects, Patrizia has built an outstanding network of contacts internationally and enjoys close relationships with some of the leading documentary broadcasters.

« Working as a sales agent in the international documentary market has been some of the most challenging and rewarding years of my career. Sunny Side markets are known for being very supportive of international co-production, innovation in storytelling and developing talented documentary-makers worldwide. I’m very much looking forward to talking to factual content creators, buyers and funders in the very near future as I begin this exciting new chapter. »

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About Patrizia’s journey

Patrizia Mancini arrives in France at the end of 2010 after a master in History and Critic of Cinema at the University of Rome. With a professional background in theatre and dubbing she starts in Paris an internship at CHALET POINTU, French DVD distribution company specialized in short-films. With the preparation of the second edition of the Festival Européen des Arcs, organized by the same team, she had the chance to extend her collaboration till July 2011.

In October of the same year, she starts her second internship at the servicing department of WIDE HOUSE, French sales company specialized in documentaries. Then she became part of the company as Servicing and Marketing Manager. At the end of 2012 she begins with the sales in multiple markets and festivals becoming then Head of Sales.

At the end of 2016, she left WIDE HOUSE and after an experience as selector for PARIS CO-PRODUCTION VILLAGE, industry event in collaboration with Champs Elysée Film Festival, she starts working with the Italian sales company SLINGSHOT FILMS collaborating with Manuela Buono for the sales and the acquisitions.


Upcoming opportunities to meet the Sunny Side of the Doc’s team in 2017

We’re excited to be back to IDFA (Amsterdam), World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (San Francisco) and Asia TV Forum and Market (Singapore) this year with some amazing opportunities to share with you.
To schedule a meeting, introduce you to Patrizia and discuss your interest in Asian Side of the Doc or Sunny Side of the Doc 2018, please email us at and we’ll respond promptly.