Frequently asked questions

How do I submit my film to your festival?

Sunny Side is an international documentary and factual market and not a festival. We organize pitch sessions but no screenings.

Sunny Side accepts two types of registrations: programmes, which have already been produced, and projects, not yet produced and still looking for investors, co-producers or distributors. Projects can be commissioned or not (See What is a project? and What is a commissioned project?)

If you register your project/programme at Sunny Side it will be visible online to all participants and in our printed catalogue if you register before the deadlines.

Fill in the relevant form according to the type of your project (project, programme, commissioned project) in your professional under “Community”. Login details will be sent following registration.

Please contact our Sales Team for further information

What is a project?

A project is a documentary project, one off or series, in development, production or postproduction, still looking for new partners and/or financing.

What is a programme?

A programme is a completed documentary seeking for sales or looking for a sales agent.

What is a commissioned project?

A commissioned project is a project with a confirmed partner: broadcaster, fund, film institute, or distributor.  You need to provide written proof of the partner. The commissioned projects will appear full page in a separate section of the catalogue like this:


To apply to any of the selections your project must be commissioned.

What are the criteria of selection for the pitching sessions?

We consider projects in development, production or postproduction, still looking for funding, which answer the following criteria:

  • Supported by at least one partner: broadcaster, distributor, fund…
  • Already financed at least up to 30%
  • With a trailer

For further details please refer to our call for projects

Does my project have to meet all criteria to be submitted to the pitching sessions?

You can submit your project as soon as you meet the majority of our criteria. Please note that the Jury takes into account these criteria for selection.

Do I need to be accredited to submit my project(s) to the pitching sessions?

Yes. This policy is designed to guarantee the best quality of our events and to introduce only the most serious applications to our international jury. We also want to make sure that each project will be represented by a participant during the event.

Do I need to have a trailer to submit my project(s) to the pitching sessions?

Yes. For the Jury it is necessary that you have an available trailer, even if it is a temporary version, to review your project . If chosen, your trailer will also be screened during the pitch session. You will always be able to use a different version for your pitch session or on your professional account.

What are the deadlines?

(Midnight French Time)

Project submission to the pitching sessions:  May 4th 2016

Projects/programmes to appear in the printed catalogue:  May 13th 2016

Ads to appear in the printed catalogue: May 13th 2016

Book stands: May 20th 2016

Register online:  June 9th 2016

Who is the jury of selection?

Sunny Side gathers a jury with internationally acknowledged professionals: commissioning editors, producers, distributors, etc. The composition of the jury will be available online before the event.

How do the pitching sessions work?

If you are selected you will pitch your project in front of Decision Makers and other participants who chose to attend the session.

Pitch sessions last 15 minutes in total, 7 minutes for presentation and trailer, and 8 minutes Q&A with Decision Makers.

Can I get a discount?

We have special rates for:

- “Newcomers” special discount of -25%. Please use CODE: NEWCOMERSSD for your registration.

Valid only for a company attending for the first time. Non-personal offer. Not valid with other special rates. Online registration only. This special discount does not apply for exhibitors. And it only applies for 4 day passes and Standard & Premium Passes.

- EDN members

- Following territories: Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Poland, Israel, Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Africa, Latin America, China, South East Asia, Central Asia

Please contact our Sales Team for further information

How do I prepare my visit to the market?

Sunny Side has prepared a “Newcomer’s guide” to help you prepare your visit.

View Newcomers Guide Newcomers2

What is a group stand?

Group stands are for associations, unions, national or regional institutions to gather producers & distributors under a shared stand.

How do I access to my professional account?

You need to be registered to Sunny Side to get access to your professional account under the “Community” tab. Once registered, you will receive your login access to your professional account.

What do I find on my Community space?

Your professional account gives you access to your Community space. It is a great source of information about Sunny Side and our previous events. It is used by all participants attending the market.

Find participants’ contact details in order to book meetings, access the online catalogue, the video library, the schedule, and register your projects.

Decision makers also register their information and company profiles here. Check out your Community space now!

What is a videopitch?

You can produce a 5mn Video pitch which will be available on each projects profile for all participants or to Decision Makers only (you choose the level of privacy).

Your video pitch should be a “screencast” of your desktop as you flip through photos, video excerpts, structures, notes, web pages… you can film yourself, include a skype chat with a collaborator, show us some drawings or play us some music! Anything you think is necessary for us to take us to the universe you’re creating. But don’t forget to give it a solid structure and make sure you show off your creative storytelling talents across multiple platforms.

Please remember, the video pitch is not just a trailer of your project, it is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and your ideas. So, we would definitely like to see you on screen for at least 30 seconds. So do not hesitate to be creative!

Click HERE to see some examples on our website.