24 - 27 JUNE 2019 / LA ROCHELLE - FRANCE

2019 Jury & Awards

JURY & AWARDS at SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC 2019

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 5 highly coveted pitching sessions and targeted matchmaking, a selection of projects in development or in production have been 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 will select the best pitches for awards in cash and in kind.

Sunny Side of the Doc 2019 winners.

JURY 2019

ARTS & CULTURE PITCH

  • Nick Ware (Aster Media)
  • Ruby Chen (CNEX)
  • Guido Casali (Sky Arte Italia)

HISTORY PITCH

  • Josette Normandeau (Ideacom)
  • John Farren (Alleycats)
  • Simone Baumann (German Films)

SCIENCE PITCH

  • Laura Longobardi (FIFDH)
  • Rudy Buttignol (Knowledge Network)
  • Steve Crabtree (BBC Studios)
  • Marie Beuzard (Arte)

SOCIAL AND HUMAN INTEREST PITCH

  • Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs)
  • Boris Mitić (Dribbling Productions) 
  • Martichka Bozhilova (Agitprop)

NATURAL HISTORY & WILDLIFE PITCH

  • Lucie Muir (Wildscreen Festival)
  • Clare Birks (Oxford Scientific Films)
  • Sabine Holzer (Terra Mater Factual Studios)

Best Science pitch

SCAT MAN

Produced by: Terra Mater Factual Studios, Austria
Author: Ruth BERRY


An award sponsored by PBS INTERNATIONAL and NOVA
Prize: 3,000 euros in cash

Tom Koch, Vice President, PBS International

“PBS International is proud to sponsor the Science Pitch with NOVA. We are thrilled that Sunny Side is focusing on science this year because real science has never been more important in the world than it is today. Along with NOVA, we appreciate having the opportunity to bring science thinkers together to exchange views.”

BEST SOCIAL & HUMAN INTEREST PITCH

NENETS VS GAS

Produced by: Little Big Story, France
Author: Sergio GHIZZARDI

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

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.

BEST HISTORY PITCH

ANTOINE THE FORTUNATE

Produced by: Anemon, Greece / Les Films du Balibari, France
Author: Nefin DINC

An award sponsored by Histoire & Réseau Canopé
Prize: 3,000 euros in cash

BEST ARTS & CULTURE PITCH

KUBRICK BY KUBRICK

Produced by: Temps Noir, France / Arte, France
Author: Gregory MONRO

WEST LAKE IDF AWARD at SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC
An award sponsored by West Lake IDF
Prize: 3,000 euros in cash

Shiming GAO, President of West Lake International Documentary Festival (IDF)

West Lake 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.

BEST NATURAL HISTORY & WILDLIFE PITCH

THE TURTLE WALKERS

Produced by: Emaho Films, India
Author: Taira MALANEY

An award sponsored by Love Nature 4K & Jackson Wild
Prize: 2,500 euros in cash + one full pass to Jackson Wild 2019

EAST DOC MARKET AWARD

NENETS VS GAS

Produced by: Little Big Story, France
Author: Sergio GHIZZARDI

An award sponsored by the Institute of Documentary Film
Prize: Two accreditations and 2-night accommodation for East Doc Platform 2020. 
Project selection for one-to-one meetings with decision makers in Prague.

Zdeněk Blaha, Manager,  East Doc Platform and East Silver 

The awarded project uncovers the dirty practices of a regime, that is fueled by the interests of only the top few. The film catches a fight for a justice in a system, that favors only the corrupted. Fight for a space to live, against a system, that has no problem to steal the land from the people when the big money are involved. A look on contemporary Russia and the struggle of the indigenous Siberian Nenets against the Gazprom and the energetic lobby, which wants to grab their gas-rich land.

GRAND PRIX PIXII

CLAUDE MONET, THE WATER LILY OBSESSION

Produced by: Lucid Realities, France
Directed by: Nicolas THÉPOT

Prize value of 5 000€: (3 000€ in cash + a space reserved in PiXii Market 2020 + 2 accreditations for
PiXii Festival and Sunny Side of the Doc 2020)

THE JURY’S MOTIVATION

We appreciated this project in particular for the sensual and experiential approach it takes in creating an introduction to Monet's iconic work, Nymphaea. It explores the work of a specific painte r, but also methods of painting in ge neral. The innovative presentation allows users to immerse ourselves in the actual material layers of painting. It's both dream like and yet rooted in Monet's own words.