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 6 highly coveted pitching sessions and targeted matchmaking, a selection of projects in development or in production will be presented to +300 international decision-makers and will have the chance to meet potential partners such as commissioning editors, buyers, producers and distributors.

The international jury and partners will decide on the best pitches for awards in cash and in kind.


Arts, Culture & Heritage Pitch

To be confirmed soon…

History Pitch

2,000 euros in cash

An award sponsored by PBS


Tom Koch, Vice President of PBS International

“Despite our globalized world, forces and impulses remain that threaten to tear us apart. Well researched, thoughtful, unbiased history films can be one essential tool to better understand the nature of our world, where we have been and how we arrived at this place in time. PBS International believes that supporting strong history films is a profound obligation and we are more than pleased to sponsor the Sunny Side of the Doc History Prize.”

Social & Human Interest Pitch

2,000 euros in cash  

An award sponsored by RTBF/ CBC Radio-Canada


Marc Bouvier, Manager of the Documentary Unit, RTBF

“If, like in the CITES ranking of endangered species, we had to rank journalism, it would probably appear between “endangered” and “vulnerable”. In an age of instant news and social media, it becomes a privilege for the editorial teams to be able to afford the luxury of long, rigorous, difficult and costly investigations. Yet, it is impossible to stop the continuous flow of the drilled barrel of information. In order to foster, even modestly, initiatives which contributes to make our world a little less Trumpean is almost a matter of survival.”


Jean Pelletier, Senior director of television current affairs and documentaries, Radio-Canada

“Radio-Canada is proud to support the mission of Sunny Side of the Doc, because without this annual rendez-vous, we would not be able to join key partners to our mission of producing quality documentaries all over the world.”

Science Pitch

2,000 euros in cash

An award sponsored by Science & Vie TV

Science et Vie TV

Richard Maroko, CEO Associate in charge of channels edition, acquisition and licensing manager of Science & Vie TV

“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 2018.”

A session co-organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)


Natural History and Wildlife Pitch

2,000 euros in cash

An award sponsored by Love Nature


Carlyn Staudt, EVP, Love Nature Programming & Development

“Committed to connecting fans all over the world with the beauty and wonder of nature, Love Nature is honoured to support Sunny Side of the Doc’s Wildlife Pitch. This competition gives natural history producers an important platform to share their content, while putting the spotlight on up-and-coming talent and great storytelling. We’re a proud sponsor of Sunny Side of the Doc and honoured to grant this award to this year’s best pitch.”

A session co-organised with the support of Wildscreen Festival

Culture & Digital Creation Pitch

To be confirmed soon…



The High Transmission Prize

  6 000 € tax-free  for a 60’ or 9 000 € tax-free for a 90’

Elisabeth Hagstedt, Head of Acquisitions, Coproduction & Programming Histoire

“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.”


The SMASH18 Award

Full pass to the 2018 Science Media Summit & Awards in the Hub

+  4 nights of lodging at out conference partner, The Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge

Lisa Samford, Executive Director, Jackson Hole WILD

“From the infinitesimal to the infinite, science plays a profound role in our daily lives.  More than ever, we recognize the importance of communicating science to public audiences and policymakers, and are thrilled to be celebrating the finest science storytellers at Sunny Side of the Doc 2018.”


AB Group Award

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.