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The Doc Industry at your fingertips! Sunny Side of the Doc is launching its brand new Content Pack, a tailor-made offer featuring the Guide to Decision Makers and a wide selection of replays from the 34th edition of the international documentary market, giving you all the keys you need to better understand today's documentary landscape.

The Content Pack is available on MySunny Space.

official selection & award winners

This year, 41 projects from 23 countries had the privilege to compete for the best pitch prize in each category!
Discover the selected projects and winners.
Lineup & Showcase
Pitch Sessions
Industry Talks
Networking Times
Special Events
Sessions and events by invitation only.
Others
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Welcome JOUR J-1
Auditorium
Conference Room
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Innovation WIP - Wrap up
Meeting Area
Others
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Welcome JOUR 4

agenda at a glance

Want to discover the highlights of this 34th edition? Keynotes, channel line-ups, pitching sessions, panels and conferences, Meet the Executives, event screenings, networking events, lunches and happy hours, ... have a glimpse to the #SSD23 programme* without further delay!

*Agenda as of 16 May 2023

timeline

Save the dates

Call for projects open!
Global Pitch
25 October 2022

Call for projects open!

Applications are open for the Global Pitch 2023!
Submit your climate change documentary before December 12, 2022!

> Submit now

Get your event pass!
Global Pitch
05 December 2022

Get your event pass!

It’s time to meet your future partners at the global pitch 2023! Enjoy two days of pitches, meetings and insightful discussions around climate change and its consequences on our societies!

Buy your event pass now

Deadline call for projects
Global Pitch
12 December 2022

Deadline call for projects

Last day to submit your climate change creations to the global pitch 2023 ! Submit before 11.00 GMT!

> Submit now

Official Selection Announcement
Global Pitch
17 January 2023

Official Selection Announcement

Discover the 12 selected projects competing for the Best Global Pitch 2023!

> Browse the selection

3rd edition of Global Pitch Climate Change
Global Pitch
7-8 February 2023

3rd edition of Global Pitch Climate Change

Meet your future partners at the Global Pitch 2023!
Enjoy two days of pitches, meetings and insightful discussions around climate change and its consequences on our societies!

> Buy your event pass now

Sunny Side of the Doc x IMZ Pitching Sessions
Initiatives
20-22 February 2023

Sunny Side of the Doc x IMZ Pitching Sessions

For the fourth time, Sunny Side of the Doc joined forces with IMZ International Music + Media Centre to offer two pitching opportunities dedicated to performing arts at Avant Première 2023.

> read more

Submissions & accreditations for SSD23 opening
Sunny Side of the Doc
16 March 2023

Submissions & accreditations for SSD23 opening

Online submissions and accreditations are now open! Participate in the 4-day event in La Rochelle (June 19-22) and seize your chance to submit a project to our highly coveted pitching sessions!

> Submit & register

Deadline call for projects
Sunny Side of the Doc
06 April 2023

Deadline call for projects

Last day to submit your project to sunny side of the doc 2023! Submit before 11.00 GMT!

> Submit your project!

Press conference in Paris
Sunny Side of the Doc
11 May 2023

Press conference in Paris

Discover the official selection of Sunny Side of the Doc 2023!
Registration for press conference are now closed. Find the Press file & Press release in the Press Room!

Before 2023
Sunny Side of the Doc
30 May 2023

Before 2023

Get ready for #SSD23! Our Before session will give you all the keys to shine on the marketplace: Panels, experts’ advice, all you need to know is here!

> Discover the agenda!

Ex Oriente Film 2023
Initiatives
17-21 June 2023

Ex Oriente Film 2023

Sunny Side of the Doc joins forces again with Institute of Documentary Film to host the first Ex Oriente Film workshop in Rochelle!

> More info

34th edition of sunny side of the doc marketplace
Sunny Side of the Doc
19-22 June 2023

34th edition of sunny side of the doc marketplace

It’s time for the documentary industry to gather in La Rochelle! Meet your future or potential partners, discover new talents, discuss current issues with the community by the ocean!

> Get your Market Pass now!

Global Pitch 2024: Call for projects opening
Global Pitch
10 October 2023

Global Pitch 2024: Call for projects opening

Submit your documentary to the Global Pitch 2024! The theme of the 4th Global Pitch for Global Change will be “Docs for the Future: Mapping a Sustainable World”. The call for projects is open till 24th November 2023, 11pm CET.

> Read the call for projects

IMZ x Sunny Side of the Doc: Call for projects now open!
Initiatives
16 October 2023

IMZ x Sunny Side of the Doc: Call for projects now open!

Submit your performing arts documentary or digital creation for a chance to pitch your project directly to international decision-makers at Avant Première 2024! Deadline to submit: December 11, 2023.

> More info

PiXii Festival
PiXii festival
19-22 October 2023

PiXii Festival

Set off for an immersive journey through the most emblematic cultural places of La Rochelle

> Read More

Global Pitch 2024: Call for projects deadline
Global Pitch
24 November 2023

Global Pitch 2024: Call for projects deadline

The Global Pitch 2024 call for projects closes on 24 November 2023, 23:00 CET. This is your last chance to submit your documentary creation!

> Find out more

Sunny Side of the Doc: Call for projects opening
Sunny Side of the Doc
7 December

Sunny Side of the Doc: Call for projects opening

Submit your stories to our seven pitch sessions!

> Read the call for projects

IMZ x Sunny Side of the Doc: Call for projects deadline
Initiatives
11 December 2023

IMZ x Sunny Side of the Doc: Call for projects deadline

This is your last chance to submit your performing arts documentary or digital creation to the IMZ x Sunny Side of the Doc pitching sessions in Berlin!

> Submit here

4th edition of Global Pitch
Global Pitch
6-7 February 2024

4th edition of Global Pitch

Meet your future partners at the Global Pitch 2024!
Enjoy two days of pitches, meetings and insightful discussions.

> More info

Call for entries: Innovation WIP
Sunny Side of the Doc
14 February

Call for entries: Innovation WIP

Launch of our call for applications for our brand-new support program for non-linear documentary projects: Innovation WIP.

> More info

IMZ x Sunny Side of the Doc Pitching sessions in Berlin
Initiatives
19 February

IMZ x Sunny Side of the Doc Pitching sessions in Berlin

For the fifth time, Sunny Side of the Doc will join forces with IMZ International Music + Media Centre!

> More info

Last day to benefit from the Early Bird Offer!
Sunny Side of the Doc
29 February

Last day to benefit from the Early Bird Offer!

Last chance to get your market pass at €490!

> More info

Sunny Side of the Doc: call for projects closing
Sunny Side of the Doc
14 March

Sunny Side of the Doc: call for projects closing

Submissions for the Sunny Side of the Doc pitching sessions close this day. Last chance to register your project.

Call for entries: Innovation WIP
Sunny Side of the Doc
2 April

Call for entries: Innovation WIP

Closing of our call for applications for our brand-new support program for non-linear documentary projects: Innovation WIP.

> More info

Press conference in Paris
Sunny Side of the Doc
23 April

Press conference in Paris

Registrations for the press conference are now open! Hosted warmly by the Australian Embassy in Paris, we invite you to join us as we explore the highlights of #SSD24 on April 23rd, 2024!

> Register

Before 2024
Sunny Side of the Doc
28 May

Before 2024

Designed to bring together the documentary community for one day (May 28th) before the market, the online event will provide newcomers, pitchers, and all accredited participants with the guidance they need to succeed in the marketplace in June.

>  More info

Ex Oriente Series 2024
Initiatives
23-25 June 2024

Ex Oriente Series 2024

Sunny Side of the Doc will host the first session of Ex Oriente Series in La Rochelle from June 23rd to 25th, 2024.

>  More info

Sunny Side of the Doc: 35th Anniversary Edition
Sunny Side of the Doc
24-27 June 2024

Sunny Side of the Doc: 35th Anniversary Edition

Meet your future partners, discover new talents, and map the future at #SSD24!

> More info

Pixii Festival 2024
PiXii festival
17-20 October 2024

Pixii Festival 2024

Set off for an immersive journey through the most emblematic cultural places of La Rochelle!

> Read More

Oct 2022
25 October 2022
Dec 2022
05 December 2022
12 December 2022
Jan 2023
17 January 2023
Feb 2023
7-8 February 2023
20-22 February 2023
Mar 2023
16 March 2023
Apr 2023
06 April 2023
May 2023
11 May 2023
30 May 2023
Jun 2023
17-21 June 2023
19-22 June 2023
Oct 2023
10 October 2023
16 October 2023
19-22 October 2023
Nov 2023
24 November 2023
Dec 2023
7 December
11 December 2023
Feb 2024
6-7 February 2024
14 February
19 February
29 February
Mar 2024
14 March
Apr 2024
2 April
23 April
May 2024
28 May
Jun 2024
23-25 June 2024
24-27 June 2024
Oct 2024
17-20 October 2024

Who watches what, where and why?

This year, Sunny Side of the Doc focused on viewers.

Documentary is currently enjoying a Golden Age. Streamers have certainly impacted the documentary space, by boosting the exposure and popularity of the genre and pushing for new forms of storytelling. At the same time, with a profusion of content and entertainment options, the audience is ever more fragmented.

What does it take to address and reach an audience, particularly a younger and more diverse audience? This year, we provided the industry with key elements in order to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. To that extent, Sunny Side of the Doc addressed this subject in all its market activities: panels, discussions, workshops and even pitching sessions.

why attend?

Whether you are a producer, buyer or distributor of factual content, seize your chance to:

- Establish new contacts and build coproduction relationships;
- Explore key trends in the booming international factual market;
- Pitch and develop new documentary projects;
- Discover new talents and find new format ideas;
- Acquire content and/or strengthen your catalogue.

2,000+

participants

300

international
decision makers

1,000

companies

60+

countries

Register

register as

delegate

Grab your Market Pass and participate in the four-day event in La Rochelle (19-22 June). This pass includes a project submission to the pitching sessions or a project/programme registration.

register as

exhibitor

Exhibit at Sunny Side of the Doc! Choose the type of stand that suits your the most! Classic stands from 6m² to 18m², tailor-made stands, meeting tables, sellers’ lounge tables, up to you!

register as

Decision maker

Meet 800+ international content producers and 200+ distributors across a wide range of networking events, a unique opportunity to find hidden gem and develop potential business opportunities.

register as

Journalist

Our market is essential for most of international channels and platforms as it is often used as a tool for official announcements. Be the first to reveal the latest news!

Call for projects SSD
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call for projects

Pitch your documentary project in our 7 highly coveted pitching sessions and get straight into financial discussions with +300 top executives! This year, in addition to our famous specialist factual pitching sessions (Science, History, Arts & Culture, Nature & Conservation, Global Issues), Sunny Side of the Doc will hold two specific pitching sessions: New Voices and Impact Campaigns. All formats are welcome!

Innovation, XR and immersive content

Sunny side of the doc 2023 has expanded and enhanced the innovation section of its programme for industry professionals.
The objective was to showcase international creation and innovation, and the event in June was a new major opportunity for producers, studios, cultural institutions, creators, broadcasters and decision-makers to gather together.
Experts from around the world gathered to take part in conferences, masterclasses and case studies, addressing the different challenges faced by the industry concerning innovation and in particular XR.

official selections &palmares

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useful info

The 34th edition of the international marketplace for documentary will take place from 19 to 22 June 2023 in La Rochelle at Espace Encan, Quai Louis Prunier, 17000 La Rochelle.

how to move?

Walking: From the Espace Encan, reach the city centre in just 5 minutes.

"Le Passeur": Electric boat between the Old Port and the Médiathèque Michel Crépeau. Specific free access with your SSD badge

Yelo bikes: City's self-services bicycles. Specific free access with your SSD badge.

Taxi: Reservations available at the reception desk.

decision makers
in attendance in 2023

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