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 6 highly coveted pitching sessions and targeted matchmaking, a selection of 36 projects receive critical insights, find potential partners and seal financing deals.
Submissions are now closed.
While submitting a trailer from your documentary project remains an important requirement in the processing of applications for online pitching sessions, the current crisis situation and the difficulties encountered by many in producing such an asset led us to review and adapt this particular rule for the Sunny Side of the Doc 2020 Call for Projects.
Thus, any alternative visual material (moodboard, production stills, visual record, sketches) allowing a better understanding of the relevance and creativity of your project is now accepted, in the absence of a trailer.
This will not affect the eligibility of your submission.
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:
The 2020 Call for Projects is open to all talents, 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:
NEW! Pitch Mentoring to gain invaluable feedback and avoid stress
As in previous years, each selected project will have unique access to tailored one-to-one meetings with leading decision-makers to get straight into live creative and financial discussions.
In 2020, as we innovate online, our friends and mentors* will be coaching the teams in re-inventing and preparing their pre-recorded 7′ video pitches for the market, through two online sessions arranged between May 18-29. All final video-captured pitches will be sent to organizers by June 8.
* Jan Rofekamp (Films Transit International) – Pauline Mazenod (Windrose) – Margje De Koning (Movies that Matter) – Brigid O’Shea (DOK Leipzig, DAE) – Anaïs Clanet (Wide House) – Harriet Armston-Clarke (TVF International)
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.
After validating your project, remain on Sunny Side’s Community Space to submit it to the relevant pitching session.
*: This rule does not apply to subscribers of the Single Pitch Submission offer available until April 23, 2020.
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: