2018 Sunny Side of the Doc Registration & Call for projects are now open!

The 29th edition will be held in La Rochelle from June 25-28, 2018.

Submission deadline: April 25, 2018.


Pitch your documentary project at Sunny Side of the Doc 2018

Be in with a chance of pitching in one of the most internationally renowned marketplace for documentary and factual content across all platforms, in La Rochelle, from 25 to 28 June 2018.

Each June, Sunny Side of the Doc creates unique opportunities for +2,000 industry professionals from 60 countries and brings the most exciting concepts for documentary films, one offs, 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 40 projects in development or in production will be presented to 350 international decision-makers and have the chance to meet potential partners such as commissioning editors, buyers, producers and distributors.



As part of the 2018 focus on “Culture in Motion“, a great diversity of realities and narratives, all striving towards the enhancement of cultural, material, intangible and digital heritage, will be highlighted.

In particular, two pitching sessions* will serve as valuable springboards for a selection of creative projects and innovative experiences.


The 2018 Call for Projects is open to all authors, producers, directors, digital creators, games & interactive designers with the ambition to join the international non-fiction market.

Organizers are looking for projects that combine quality, originality and innovation with appeal to international broadcasters, co-producers and other funders, related to to the 6 following topics: Arts & Culture / Culture & Digital Creation / History / Science / Social & Human Interest / Natural History & Wildlife.

Sunny Side of the Doc will accept cross-plaftforms projects and new digital narrative forms across all thematic pitching sessions.

*Arts & Culture – Projects aiming at a linear broadcasting and exploring arts topics such as biopics, music, cinema, architecture, fine arts, cultural heritage programs and pop-culture.

NEW! As part of our editorial focus, 10 arts & cultural heritage stories will be selected this year! That’s twice more chances to make your documentaries happen. 5 projects will be pitched publicly, and 5 more will be presented in bespoke one-to-one meetings with potential buyers.

*Culture & Digital Creation – Projects developing innovative digital storytelling and new media tools, creating new interactions with the audiences and allowing new uses around cultural stories. Targeted creations are distinguished by their format, duration, narrative form, reach or naviga-tion process, interactive and participative dimension (animation, apps, virtual reality, augmented reality, gaming, visual arts…)

History – Projects adopting a heritage-minded approach to historical narratives and the access to collective memory are also targeted.

Science – This pitching session is co-organized with the Eurovision Science & Knowledge Group, to present ambitious science projects, aimed at a prime time, international audience. For this specific call, click here to submit.

Social & Human Interest – Inspiring projects providing a strong point of view and understanding of contemporary international, social and/or human issues.

Natural History & Wildlife – Blue-chip filmmaking and challenging works in the natural history genre. Projects raising awareness on issues of preservation of the natural heritage are being sought. The setup of this session creates targeted connections between wildlife directors, buyers, distributors.


An independent jury will select 40 projects to be pitched at Sunny Side of the Doc, raise finance and get critical insight from top-level decision makers across the world.

  • A pitch consists in a 15-minute presentation of a new factual programme in front of leading buyers and financers in the field (7’ for the project pitch including trailer and 8’ for live Q&A with decision makers).
  • Tailored one-to-one meetings with key decision makers are organized for pitchers selected to get straight into creative and financial discussions.
  • The best pitched projects will be awarded by our sponsors, in cash and/or in kind (list of awards to be confirmed).


How will you able to interpret the feedback received live from the potential funders and how to translate these comments into a roadmap towards the financing of your project and the making of your film?

At Sunny Side of the Doc, we have decided to add an element to the pitching opportunity of your project: we call it DEBRIEFING.

It means that we help pitchers understand, analyze and strategize these live comments in order to stimulate more finance pledges. Two experienced sales agents: Pauline Mazenod (Windrose) and Jan Rofekamp (Films Transit International) will attend the Arts and Culture, History, Science, Social & Human Interest pitching sessions in order to make notes and help you set post-pitch priorities, during a dedicated meeting arranged with them on site by the Sunny Side’s team.



  • Participant must have previously registered for Sunny Side of the Doc 2018.
    After purchasing your accreditation, you’ll be able to connect to Sunny Side Community Space and submit your project via your personal account.
  • Projects should be in advanced development: at least 30% of the budget already confirmed
  • If aiming at completion funding, you can already be in production or postproduction.
  • A 2-4 minute trailer with English subtitles
  • Provide a proof of the confirmed participation of at least one partner: broadcaster, distributor, supporting fund, foundation, crowdfunding, new platforms, museums, brands…
  • Submit projects at the latest by WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL 2018.

IMPORTANT: In order to qualify for the Sunny Side’s pitch selection, entrants must comply with THE MAJORITY of the eligibility requirements mentioned above.

We strongly advise you to contact our team prior to submission: patrizia@sunnysideofthedoc.com or international2@sunnysideofthedoc.com


  • Submissions must be made in English.Communityspace-PP
  • You need to upload the following elements online logging into Sunny Side Community space with your personal account:

-          Synopsis (300 characters spaces included)

-          Treatment (700 characters spaces included)

-          Project’s picture HD (300 dpi)

-          Trailer (max. 5 GB) – Formats accepted: MOV, AVI, MP4, MPEG-2, 3GP, AAC, FLV (M4V is not accepted)

-          1 PDF file including:  synopsis, budget, funding plan, commitment letters, treatment, short biographies of the author/director and presentation of the producer.

-          And all information you consider useful in order to help the jury assessing your project.

For further information, please contact us directly.

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