What is Innovation WIP?

Innovation WIP (Work In Progress) is a support programme designed to encourage the creation of all forms of non-linear documentary, including podcasts, video games, immersive creation, digital arts and virtual worlds.

This year, for the first time, five projects will be selected following the call for entries, and will benefit from tailor-made support to help them develop their project.

The call for entries is running until April 2nd, 2024.

 Why participate?

The Innovation WIP support programme presents a unique opportunity to meet new partners and secure funding for your innovative documentary projects in La Rochelle.

As a participant, you will:

  • receive tailored support from industry specialists,
  • engage in meetings with targeted French and international players,
  • participate in a dedicated WIP session during the market,
  • enjoy informal networking opportunities,
  • showcase your work in the Studio—an exclusive space at the heart of the Sunny Side of the Doc hall open to all professionals.

what we are
looking for


Eligible projects

  • All non-linear narrative forms: podcast, VR, AR, MR, immersive installation, artificial intelligence, video games, sound immersion, web series, dome, etc.
  • All talents, established or not, can submit their project: directors, producers, authors;
  • Projects must be at an advanced stage of development. We do not encourage projects whose creation has been finalised or which are in post-production;
  • Entries from all countries are welcome.
  • Applications must be submitted in English.

Project assessment

Projects will be assessed and selected by a jury of industry professionals based on the following criteria:

  • Power and originality of the story and the storytelling;
  • International relevance and potential for international co-production;
  • Financial feasibility;
  • Without being a prerequisite, other elements will be taken into consideration, such as plans for an impact strategy or a green / sustainability certification.

what to expect?

how to submit

Read the 2024 call for entries carefully,
gather all the required information
and choose your option to submit your project.

sunny side of the doc

option 1

Secure your Market Pass today!
Once registered, choose the Innovation WIP application option on MySunnySpace and submit your project. Proceed to payment at the end of the submission process.

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option 2

Not sure if you're coming to La Rochelle yet?
Choose the Innovation WIP application and get your Market Pass later.

where to submit?

Explore our accreditation options and rates on our dedicated registration page for Sunny Side of the Doc.

Seize the opportunity with our early bird rates! Register for your accreditation before February 29th and enjoy a €50 discount!



*Closing date for submissions: April 2nd, 12pm CET.

why pitch at sunny side?

With 300+ top-level international decision-makers in attendance, representing leading broadcasters, streamers, foundations, sales agents and other funders looking for impactful stories, pitching at sunny side is a unique opportunity to reach your future partners.

what benefits?

Key benefits also include: accessing a qualified and diverse professional audience, mentoring from industry experts, sealing potential financial deals, finding new partners, meeting with peers for potential co-production discussions, and much more.

Our pitching sessions will be held during the marketplace (La Rochelle, 19-22 June) and we will accomodate those who may not be able to travel to France to pitch online. Wherever you are, you’ll have the same chance to pitch.

What we are looking for

The Innovation WIP is aimed at documentary or documentary-inspired stories, regardless of category, format or technology used:

  • XR (virtual reality, mixed reality, augmented reality), 
  • podcasts,
  • video games
  • dome creation,
  • video mapping.

In order to benefit from the support programme and the market in the best possible conditions, your project must be sufficiently advanced and mature, but not yet in post-production.

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