Agenda

Mapping the future

The sector has been through deep transformations over the past thirty-five years, affecting the professions, financing, distribution and modes of consumption of documentaries.

As a result and for its 35th anniversary edition, Sunny Side is inviting the international documentary community to discuss the future of our ecosystem and the future of the documentary genre in order to shape it together.

In search of answers

How will the major functions (production, distribution, broadcasting) continue to evolve, what are the emerging professions of tomorrow, and how is AI shaking up the industry? How will storytelling evolve? And what stories should we tell in a world living in an era of climate change, conflict, geopolitical tension and growing inequality?

These questions will run through Sunny Side of the Doc and will undoubtedly feed the projects selected in our 7 pitch categories: Science, History, Arts and Culture, Nature & Conservation, Global Issues, New Voices and Impact Campaigns.

Register

register as

delegate

Grab your Market Pass and participate in the market on 24-27 June. It includes access to all the activities, conferences and workshops organised during the market in La Rochelle.

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!

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Save the dates

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!

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!

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

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

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

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 coming soon.

Mar 2023
16 March 2023
Apr 2023
06 April 2023
May 2023
11 May 2023
30 May 2023
Jun 2023
19-22 June 2023
Dec 2023
7 December
Feb 2024
14 February
29 February
Mar 2024
14 March
Apr 2024
2 April
Jun 2024
24-27 June 2024

call for projects 2024

Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm and anticipation from the documentary community, we have decided to move the dates of our call for projects forward, offering you even more time to prepare and submit your documentary projects to our seven pitch sessions! Mark your calendars, the Sunny Side of the Doc call for projects will open on December 7, 2023 and close on March 14, 2024.

Pitch your documentary project in our 7 highly coveted pitch sessions (Science, History, Arts & Culture, Nature & Conservation, Global Issues, New Voices and Impact Campaigns) and get straight into financial discussions with +300 top executives! All formats are welcome.

decision makers
in attendance in 2023

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Wednesday 26 June
02:00 - 03:30 pm 90 min
Auditorium
Test session pitch Camille
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Auditorium
Pitching Sessions
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Sessions and events by invitation only.

All time references are set on Central European Summertime

Focus on Australia

Australia has a special place at Sunny Side of the Doc. Highlighted in 2023 through a number of dedicated panels (ABC, SBS, Screen Australia and AIDC) at the market in June, Australia will be again in the spotlight for Sunny Side of the Doc's 35th anniversary.

A programme will be entirely dedicated to Australia, co-produced with French and Australian institutions and organisations. This focus-event will notably include an Australian pavilion, matchmaking sessions with producers from the country, and Australian industry professionals from the First Nation association will be exclusively taking part.

Innovation, XR and immersive content

Sunny side of the doc 2024 will continue to expand and enhance the innovation section of its programme for industry professionals.
The objective will be to showcase international creation and innovation, and the event in June will be a new major opportunity for producers, studios, cultural institutions, creators, broadcasters and decision-makers to gather together.
Experts from around the world will gather to take part in conferences, masterclasses and case studies, addressing the different challenges faced by the industry concerning innovation and in particular XR.

Our dedicated exhibition space, the Innovative Studio, will also be renewed at the heart of the exhibiting area to showcase a wide selection of XR projects.

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

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.

Pitching Sessions
Line up & Showcase
Industry Talks
Networking Times
Special Events
Sessions and events by invitation only.
Auditorium
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Test session pitch Camille
Auditorium
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REGIE 30min
Conference Room
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REGIE 1h
Conference Room

official selection

This year, xx projects from xx countries will had the privilege to compete for the best pitch prize in each category!
Discover the selected projects now!

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

official selections &palmares

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