2017 Sunny Side of the Doc Call for Projects

Every June, Sunny Side of the Doc creates a unique opportunity for around 40 creative teams from all over the world to pitch their projects in development in front of leading international buyers and hands out 14 awards (in cash and in kind) selected by international juries.

We are now looking for strong and original projects in development or production,
with appeal to international broadcasters, co-producers and other funders.

Promoting both linear and non-linear concepts, Sunny Side of the Doc showcases the huge diversity of factual content creation. You can submit one offs, mini-series, series or short formats as well as cross-platform projects and new digital narrative forms across all thematic pitching sessions.



The 2017 Sunny Side 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.

We are looking for projects that combine quality, originality and innovation in the following 7 categories:

  • History – 2017 FOCUSNew: 12 projects will be selected!
    6 projects will be pitched publicly, and 6 more will be presented in exclusive one-to-one meetings with potential buyers
  • Science: this specific call co-organized with EBU, please click here to submit your science project.
  • Social & Human Interest: inspiring projects providing a strong point of view and understanding of contemporary international, social and human issues.
  • Arts & Culture – biopics, music, cinema, fine arts, cultural heritage programs and pop-culture…  Organizers will also welcome projects developed with museums, tourist offices or for educational purposes.
  • Digital Creation – projects exploring digital storytelling, interactivity and new media tools to engage new audiences with factual content: animation, apps, virtual reality, gaming, installations…
  • Asian Pitch – projects coming from Asia or co-produced with an Asian partner.
  • Natural History & Wildlife New: Closed-door session, reserved to specialized buyers, based on bespoke one-to-one meetings.


An independent jury will select 47 projects to be pitched at Sunny Side of the Doc, raise finance and get critical insight from leading international buyers attending:

  • 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).




  • Participant must have previously registered for Sunny Side of the Doc 2017.
    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 Friday 28 April 2017.

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: or


  • 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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