“Revamping History” & “Embracing Innovation” were the underlying themes and objectives of  the 28th Sunny Side of the Doc, which took place from 19-22 June 2017 in La Rochelle, bringing together the documentary world in all its diversity.

What’s the future of history programming?

Is history making a comeback? This year’s theme at Sunny Side of the Doc clearly inspires many doc makers to a more resilient and creative approach in order to revamp the genre and attract younger audiences. The debate has taken on a particular resonance in these troubled times and offered professionals valuable insights to the issues of developing co-productions of factual series of global interest and the reasons behind the success of archive-rich programming.

Featuring exclusive interviews of Tom Jennings (1895 Films, USA), Elisabeth Hagstedt (Histoire, France) and Jonathan Clyde (Apple Corps Ltd, UK).

An ambitious change in direction for digital media, culture and innovation in storytelling

The opening of the brand new PiXii space, an area dedicated to immersive and interactive experiences, and a Digital Culture conferences programme at Sunny Side of the Doc 2017 brought together fresh new talent, innovative producers, stakeholders from museums and the LBE (location-based entertainment) industry, and businesses proposing technical solutions and new ways of presenting images of reality. The international doc community’s future has been boosted by this initiative, bringing it up to date, revitalising it.

Featuring interviews of Nicolas S. Roy (Dpt, Canada), Frédéric Purgal (Art Of Corner, France), Laure Pressac (Centre des Monuments Nationaux, France), Laurent Duret (Bachibouzouk, France) and Mathieu Rozières (Black Euphoria, France).