Sunny Side of the Doc 2018 winners
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.”
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-Marie Panazol, Managing Director, Réseau Canopé
Réseau Canopé produces and publishes educational resources and services featuring documentary as an integral part. Our approach is to highlight the educational purpose of the documentary genre by developing audiovisual co-productions and enriching them with extra resources. To that extent, Réseau Canopé is delighted to co-sponsor the History Pitch and discover new ideas, content and storytelling forms supporting historical record and transmission.
We are constantly looking for ambitious, original and pertinent documentaries that allow the Histoire channel to stand out in the audiovisual landscape. We are delighted to co-sponsor the History pitch of this 30th edition in order to award the Prize for the Best History Project.
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.
It's more important than ever before that we empower media that connects people directly with the natural world. Factually driven narrative alongside compelling and innovative storytelling has the power to inspire solutions that address the growing challenges of climate change on our planet. We're delighted to provide a 7-day pass for the 2019 Jackson Wild Summit to this year's Best Nature/Wildlife pitch winner.
Sunny Side of the Doc's commitment to natural history programming via The Wildlife Pitch aligns perfectly with Love Nature's mandate of getting people closer to nature. This competition provides an important platform to showcase natural history projects from all over the globe, and by doing so, fosters fresh perspectives on the genre. We couldn't be happier to support Sunny Side's Wildlife Pitch and grant the award for this year's best pitch.