21 - 24 JUNE 2021 / EDITION N°32

2020 Jury & Awards


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 will select the best pitches for awards in cash and in kind.The international jury will select the best pitches for awards in cash and in kind.

2020 JURY


Mila Turaljlic – Producer, Director, Author
Elizabeth Klinck -Visual Researcher
Dunja Jelenkovic – Researcher in History


Jessica Harrop – Sandbox Films
Paul Lewis – World Congress of Science & Factual Producers
Jorge Franzini – CuriosityStream


Kay Meseberg – Arte G.E.I.E
Lennart Ström – M:brane
Myriam Achard – Centre Phi


Adele Kohout – Dok.fest Munich
Martichka Bozilova – Agit Prop
Fabio Mancini – Doc 3 / Rai 3


Anne Olzman – Albatross
Andrew Solomon – Independant 
Alison Barrat – Love Nature


Sandrine Laffont – EUROARTS
Luisa Schwamborn – New Docs
Ali Delici –  Arte

Sunny Side of the Doc 2019 winners.

>> See the full list <<


An award sponsored by PBS INTERNATIONAL
Prize: 3,000 euros in cashTom Koch, Vice President, PBS International

“PBS International is thrilled to support Sunny Side of the Doc’s first Connected Edition as sponsor of the History Pitch. In a year full of monumental industry changes, PBS International is also proud to sponsor a co-production case study on a special 9/11 project from PBS, ARTE France, and Channel 4 to show one amazing example of how important productions are moving forward in the time of COVID.” 


An award sponsored by RTBF
Prize: 3,000 euros in cash

Marc Bouvier, Manager of the Documentary Unit, RTBF

“Everyone agrees there will be a ‘before’ and an ‘after’ Covid-19. This first virtual SSD due to lockdown restrictions forces us to question our mobility and consumption patterns as well as our living together… Forced or not, reinventing the world is more relevant than ever…”


An award sponsored by INA
Prize: 3,000 euros in cash


An award sponsored by Knowledge Network
Prize: 3,000 euros in cash

Rudy Buttignol, President & CEO, Knowledge Nework Corporation

“Knowledge Network provides a commercial-free public service, through television and streaming, connecting audiences with independent voices. It’s a platform for alternative, and diverse points of view that challenge conventional wisdom and provoke critical thinking. That’s why Knowledge supports the work of independent documentary filmmakers. The more diverse the sources of financial support, the greater the editorial freedom for the filmmaker to reflect the world as they see it, free from the influence of advertising and vested interests. In this age of media proliferation, independent producers in partnership with public broadcasters form an island of trust in a sea of commercialism.”


An award sponsored by Love Nature
Prize: 3,000 euros in cash

Carlyn Staudt, Executive Vice President, Love Nature Programming & Development

Now more than ever, natural history production is essential in advocating for wildlife and nature through the art of storytelling. We feel strongly that this content fosters deep, emotional connections between humans and nature, which is why Love Nature is honoured to sponsor the Wildlife Pitch again. We look forward to watching content from both seasoned producers and emerging talent. May the best pitch win!


An award sponsored by WEST LAKE International Documentary Festival
Prize: 3,000 euros in cash

Shiming GAO, Director of Academic Commitee of Westlake International Documentary Festival

“West Lake International Documentary Festival (IDF) is one of the most academic, professional and international documentary festivals in China that promotes documentaries through competition, pitching, screenings, forums and workshops. IDF attempts to continuously guide, build and spread the essential spirit of documentary storytelling. We establish the West Lake IDF Award at Sunny Side of the Doc as a way to encourage the creative of distinctive arts programming and share the glory of documentary genre together with all filmmakers around the world.”

Archives Storytelling Award

An award sponsored by HISTOIRE TV
Prize: 2,500 euros in cash

Elisabeth Hagstedt, Head of Content & Broadcast, Histoire TV

“The better we know History, the better we can prepare for the future. This is why we are constantly looking for new storytelling forms to arouse desire for this particular knowledge, make it more accessible and captivating. Historians seek the truth at the source, in the archives, whether these are written or filmed. The magic happens when the archival processing reveals a hidden aspect, changes the perspective of the story, or makes it more interesting new audiences. Most of the time, this level of innovation comes from independent authors and producers, and their creativity is valuable to the entire industry. This is why we are happy to support them through this special prize.”



An award sponsored by the Institute of Documentary Film.

Prize: Two accreditations and 2-night accommodation for East Doc Platform 2021. A project selection for one-to-one meetings with decision makers in Prague.

DAE Talent Encouragement Award

An Award sponsored by the Documentary Association of Europe.

Prize: 2 Free membership for a creative team to DAE  and up to 4 bespoke mentoring sessions


An award sponsored by DoxBox.

Prize: 5 hours of tailored online feedback and mentoring with an experienced consultant over the course of 6 months for the producer and director of the selected project.



An award sponsored by the Australian International Documentary Conference.

Prize :
– Up to two AIDC 2021 All Access Passes for the winning team (valued at AUD$1040 each)
– 4-night accommodation (twin share option available) (valued at approx AUD$1000)
– Full access to all conference sessions, social events, and most networking events
– Complimentary waiver of submission fees to the FACTory (AIDC’s centrepiece public pitching event) (valued at up to AUD$60 per project submission)
**please note, this does not guarantee a place in the forum.
– The opportunity to submit projects to Cut to the Chase, AIDC’s program of curated one-on-one meetings between producers and buyers


Automatic selection to the 2021 edition of Coming Soon, the Work-in-progress pitching session of the industry event Meeting Point Vilnius. MPV will cover travel, accommodation and accreditation for the selected project + accreditation for a second representative of the project.
Value of the award: 700€


For the Best Arts & Culture Pitch

Prize : 2 accreditations for the 2021 edition of Avant Première, Berlin – value 1200€


DOK.Fest Munich

For the Best History Pitch

Prize : 2 accreditations for the 2021 edition of DOK.Fest Munich

Movies That Matter

For the Best Social Issues Pitch

Prize : 2 accreditations for the 2021 edition of Movies That Matter, Amsterdam


For the Best Social Issues Pitch

Prize : 2 accreditations for the 2021 edition of Hot Docs, Toronto

DOK Leipzig

For the Best Social Issues Pitch

Prize : 2 accreditations for the 2020 edition of DOK Leipzig


For the Best Science Pitch

Prize : 2 accreditations for the 2020 edition of WCSFP, Strasbourg

wildscreen festival

For the Best Wildlife Pitch

Prize : 2 accreditations for the 2020 Wildscreen Festival, Bristol

Jackson Wild

For the Best Wildlife Pitch

Prize : 2 accreditations for the 2020 Jackson Wild Summit, Austria