So, what is it about Asian Side of the Doc?

Was it the pan-Asian nature of the market, the ability to find new partners, the chance to meet new talents or different ways of telling stories?

After Hong-Kong, Seoul, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur, Asian Side of the Doc came for the first time to mainland China.

Many people told us that the 5th edition of Asian Side of the Doc signalled the creation of of a true market in factual programmes between Asian countries, pointing in particular to the exhibition space to enable the buying and selling of programmes.

Check out some thoughts from three of the attendees, Aaqil Ahmed (BBC), Peter Hamilton (, Vikram Channa (Discovery Networks) in the clip below. More testimonials of attendees are available on our website

If you attended Asian Side of the Doc – and 651 of you did – we would love to hear what you think in the comments of this blog post.

We set up Asian Side of the Doc five years ago because the doc market is global, and we knew that producers and broadcasters were casting their nets ever wider.

Access to new markets is crucial in the competitive world of documentary production, and the three and a half billion-strong Asian audience is for many producers a new one.

What’s your next step?

If you made progress on your projects at Asian Side of the Doc, Sunny Side of the Doc will be a great way to keep the conversation going. Many of the key Asian players from ASD will be in La Rochelle from 23-26 June to follow up on conversations and projects started in Chengdu :

Youku Tudou Inc. (China), NHK (Japan), Fuji Television Network (Japan), CCTV9 (China), CCTV10 (China), SBS (Australia), CNEX (Taiwan), LIC ( China), Rare Media (China), Hunan TV Golden Eagle Documentary Channel (China), Heilongjiang Television (China), Jilin Television (China) and many more…

See you there! Registration starts here.