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 2018 winners

JURY 2019

ARTS & CULTURE PITCH

  • Nick Ware (Aster Media)
  • Ruby Chen (CNEX)
  • Roberto Pisoni (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)

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)

Science pitch

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.”

SOCIAL & HUMAN INTEREST PITCH

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.

HISTORY PITCH

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

ARTS & CULTURE PITCH

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.

NATURAL HISTORY & WILDLIFE PITCH

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