Each year, Sunny Side of the Doc brings the most exciting concepts for documentary films, series, short formats, VR and interactive media to the international non-fiction market.

Through 7 highly coveted pitching sessions and targeted matchmaking, a selection of 47 projects in development or in production were presented to 300 international decision-makers and had the chance to meet potential partners such as commissioning editors, buyers, producers and distributors.
The international jury and partners have decided on the best pitches for awards in cash and in kind. Congratulations to all the amazing documentary makers that have been presented their work at this year’s Sunny Side of the Doc!

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Science Pitch

The Hole – Windfall Films, United Kingdom

An award sponsored by Science et Vie TV


2,000 euros in cash

Richard Maroko, CEO Associate in charge of channels edition, acquisition and licensing manager.

Within 2 years, Science et Vie TV – which was created from the eponymous magazine published by Mondatori Group – succeeded in establishing itself as a reference in science and discovery broadcasting. With more than 40 hours of exclusive programmes produced for the channel every year and a particular attention paid to the  selection of new content, Science et Vie TV has become a natural partner for producers on this subjects and is very proud to sponsor the Science Pitch at Sunny Side of the Doc 2017.”

Co-organised with Eurovision (EBU).


History Pitch

The Rise and Fall of Bhutto
 – Bew Corp, Spain

An award sponsored by PBS


2,000 euros in cash

Tom Koch, Vice President of PBS International

“As the world grows closer with each year, our need to understand and acknowledge what has kept us apart grows more urgent.  Well researched, thoughtful, unbiased history films can be one simple tool to better understand where we have come from and how we arrived to this place in time.  PBS International believes that supporting such films is a profound obligation and we are more than pleased to sponsor the Sunny Side of the Doc History Prize.”

Digital Creation Pitch

Invisible, Mortaza’s Odyssey
 – Small Bang, France

An award sponsored by Bell Fund


2,000 euros in cash

Claire Dion, Associate Director at Bell Fund

« For over 20 years, the Bell Fund has promoted innovation and digital content creation on all platforms, and documentaries are an important part of this: more than 40% of funding is allocated to documentary projects. We are proud to be participating in Sunny Side of the Doc, and to be contributing to the visibility and promotion of creators from all across the world. »

Co-organised with RIDM (Montreal International Documentary Festival)


Natural History & Wildlife Pitch

Rewilding - Bonne Pioche Télévision,France

An award sponsored by Wildscreen


A free week delegate pass to the next Wildscreen Festival to be held October 2018 in Bristol, UK.

Lucie MuirWildscreen CEO

“We are thrilled to be able to support the natural history pitch at Sunny Side – it’s a fantastic platform for talented wildlife producers and their stories to be discovered.”

Arts, Culture & Heritage Pitch

War of Art
 – Story House Productions GmbH, Germany/Norway

An award sponsored by MUSEUM


2,000 euros in cash & in kind

The MUSEUM prize awards the best documentary for Arts, Culture and Heritage. The prize is 2,000 € corresponding to 1,000 € in cash and 1, 000€ in materials (provision of technical material for video editing and post-production). 

Sébastien Meyssan, Chief Executive, MUSEUM

« MUSEUM, the first TV channel entirely dedicated to Arts, Culture and Heritage is happy to partner with Sunny Side of the Doc 2017, and to grant the Museum Prize to the best pitched project in this specific category.”

Social & Human Interests Pitch

The Daughter Tree
 – Trinetra Productions, Canada

An award sponsored by RTBF/SRC Canada

2,000 euros in cash


Asian Pitch

China’s Forgotten Daughters
 – Han Meng, China

Free accreditation for Asian Side of the Doc 2017




The High Transmission Prize

The Captain’s Heart – House of Real, Denmark

History documentary pre-buy prize of 6,000 euros HT for a 60’ or 9,000 euros for a 90’

Elisabeth Hagstedt, Head of Acquisitions, Coproduction & Programming Histoire Channel

« We wish to reward a particularly original, pertinent and crafty history documentary project transmitting knowledge in a captivating way that proves that brains are more important than billions. »


AP Archive Award

The Rise and Fall of Bhutto
 – Bew Corp, Spain

AP Archive is the world’s leading video archive with over 1.7 million video stories dating back to 1895. Our collection covers everything from global news and entertainment to lifestyle and sport, sourced from AP’s own coverage and from over 20 premium content partners.

3,000 € worth archival material for a project pitched at Sunny Side of the Doc 2017

(to be used within two years of receiving the prize)

Marie-Béatrice Meunier - AP Archive business development manager

“We are excited to present the AP Archive Award at Sunny Side of the Doc 2017, especially given this year’s focus on history.Video is an essential element of any compelling story, and we are pleased to offer our unrivaled archive collection to help bring such a story to life.”


AB Group Award

The Rise and Fall of Bhutto
 – Bew Corp, Spain

The AB Group will offer a pre-buy award for a France exclusive documentary project pitched at Sunny Side of the Doc.

Pre-buy with a value of 15 000€ to determine with the film producer & one of AB Group channel as first broadcaster of the film in France.

Marie de Maublanc - Head of Documentary Channels & Productions, AB Group

We are happy to award one of the best documentary project pitched at Sunny Side. The objective with this award is to help the creation in this specified sector and to find at the source the channel’s ambition to give visibility to best productions  to serve a devoted audience.


Archive Valley Consultation Award

Josephine Baker
, An American In Paris – Kepler22 Productions, France

The consultation is designed for content creators, films directors, producers who are in a development phase and who want to have an overview about the existing sources and archives available on their specific topic and their pricing.

One Consultation

The consultation provides: a listing of 20 worldwide archive sources (content, pricing & process), Information about copyrights holder & how to access them, Tips / advices to simplify licensing process, keywords search help and + 20 minutes phone conversation with an expert.

Melanie Rozencwajg, CEO and cofounder of Archive Valley

« Archive Valley is happy to award one talented documentary producer participating in the pitching sessions a free consulta­tion with one of the archive researchers in our worldwide community. »

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Cézame Music Award

The Rise and Fall of Bhutto
 – Bew Corp, Spain

The Cezame Music Agency company has awarded the “CEZAME MUSIC AWARD ” ever since 2014. This award offers the winning production company the benefit of full advice and expertise from a team of professionals in order to propose high quality music that will best suit their upcoming film.

Value of the prize: 1,200 euros

Anaëlle Cormier – Business Director at Cézame Music Agency

“The purpose of the “CEZAME MUSIC AWARD” is to highlight the role of music in documentary films. This award aims to help and guide audiovisual professionals in their music researches thanks to an easy access to both our labels and services.”


The MIADOC Award

Abortion: The Pro-Life Threat
 – Capa Presse, France

The winning project will be automatically selected for next MIADOC pitching Forum and get free accomodation for one of the pitching team members who will present the project in Rome.


JURY 2017

History & Science

Bill Locke ,Director of Specialist Factual, Lion TV, UK
Devin Cheema, Head of Business Affairs and General Counsel, Curiosity Stream, USA
Tian Yuan, Head of Acqusitions & Co-Productions, CCTV9, China (History pitch)
Richard Maroko, President, AB Thematiques, France

Arts & Culture

Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Journalist & Producer, former Chief Executive, France 3 AquitaineFrance
Jacinthe Brisebois, Head of Programming, ARTV, Canada
Leh Chyun Lin, COO, CNEX Studio Corp., China
Bruno Lecluse, President, MUSEUM, France
Sébastien Meyssan, Chief Executive, MUSEUMFrance
Charles Lavilanie, Production Manager, MUSEUM, France

Social & Human Interest

Esther van Messel, CEO, First Hand Films, Switzerland
Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Journalist & Producer, former Chief Executive, France 3 AquitaineFrance
Leh Chyun Lin, COO, CNEX Studio Corp., China
Robert Lang, President, Filmmaker, Kensington Communications Inc, Canada

Asian Stories

Claudia Bucher, Deputy Head of Documentaries, THEMA & Geopolitics, ATE G.E.IE, France
Catherine le Clef, President, CAT & Docs, France
Ralf Quibeldey, Commissioning Editor, Discovery & Nature, ARD/NDR, Germany
Ken-ichi Imamura, Executive Producer, NHK Enterprises, Japan

Digital Creation

Mara Gourd Mercado, Executive Director, RIDMCanada
David Oppenheim, Producer, ONFCanada
Nicolas Roy, Producer, DPTCanada