22 - 25 JUNE 2020 / LA ROCHELLE - FRANCE

Call For Projects

Submissions are now closed.

Pitching Forum at Sunny Side of the Doc 2020

Be in with a chance of pitching in one of the most internationally renowned marketplace for documentary and narrative experiences across all platforms, in La Rochelle, from 22 to 25 June 2020.


Each June, Sunny Side of the Doc creates unique opportunities for the most exciting non-fiction concepts to be pitched directly in front of 300 top-level international buyers, commissioners and distributors in a live event setting.

Through 5 highly coveted pitching sessions and targeted matchmaking, a selection of 30 projects receive critical insights, find potential partners and seal financing deals.

Submissions are now closed.


Sunny Side of the Doc is now seeking proposals for one-offs, feature-length documentaries, series, short formats, new media narratives and multi-platform content projects with global appeal in a vast array of genres:

  • Science & Nature
  • History
  • Arts & Culture
  • Social & Human Interest
  • Natural History & Wildlife

The 2020 Call for Projects is open to all talents, authors, producers, directors, digital creators, games & interactive designers with the ambition to join the international documentary market.
We accept submissions from all countries – including emerging markets – as long as they are written in English.

Projects in development or production will be assessed and shortlisted based on the following criteria:

  • The strength and originality of the story
  • The international potential
  • The unbiased quality of information
  • The evidence of social impact
  • The commitment to diversity and inclusion.


  • 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).


Register Online

Purchase an accreditation including a project registration for the event on our e-shop


Login to the Community Space with your professional account to register your project online and validate it.

Submit to Pitch

After validating your project, remain on Sunny Side’s Community Space to submit it to the relevant pitching session.



  • Participant must have previously registered for Sunny Side of the Doc 2019.
  • 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 is required.
  • 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 19 APRIL 2019 (midnight, Paris Time).

IMPORTANT: In order to qualify for the Sunny Side’s pitch selection, entrants must comply with THE MAJORITY of the eligibility requirements mentioned above.


All submissions must be made in English. You need to upload the following elements online logging into Sunny Side Community space with your personal account:

  1. Synopsis (300 characters spaces included)
  2. Treatment (700 characters spaces included)
  3. Project’s picture HD (300 dpi)
  4. Trailer (max. 5 GB) – Formats accepted: MOV, AVI, MP4, MPEG-2, 3GP, AAC, FLV (M4V is not accepted)
  5. 1 PDF file including:  synopsis, budget, funding plan, commitment letters, treatment, short biographies of the author/director and presentation of the producer.
  6. And all information you consider useful in order to help the jury assessing your project.
Deadline to submit : 19 APRIL 2019 (Midnight, Paris Time)


19 April 2019

Final Deadline to register and submit your proposal online

Before 8 May 2019

The 30 selected proposals, independently assessed by a panel of highly experienced professionals are informed and confirmed

24-27 June 2019

Pitching Sessions and tailored one-to-one meetings with leading decision-makers to get straight into creative and financial discussions at Sunny Side of the Doc 2019

30 Years Anniversary Edition

In 2019, we call on our international community to STAND UP FOR SCIENCE!
At a time when fake news is on the rise, high quality scientific reporting has never been more essential. Join the conversation and demonstrate your commitment to clear, unbiased, independent and innovative science storytelling.

DOCUMENTARY NEEDS EUROPE! This year’s focus on Germany, one the main hubs for European documentary production, in association with German Films, will surely foster new creative partnerships with German talents, broadcasters, digital players and facilitate international co-productions across Europe.

For further information, please contact us directly.

We strongly advise you to contact our team prior to submission:

Patrizia Mancini
International Development Executive
Doriane Boisseleau
Sales Officer

Contact our friendly sales team