21 - 24 JUNE 2021 / EDITION N°32


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The Sunny Side of the Doc team is carefully monitoring the global impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, we are working towards the holding of a physical marketplace event this June whilst preparing the necessary reconfiguration of the 2020 edition, in particular through digital alternatives.

In light of the new submission fee, are the physical pitching sessions cancelled?

Sunny Side of the Doc aims to proceed with physical pitching sessions, associated with an online version for those of you who couldn’t travel due to the current situation. We guarantee and will arrange, through an online solution, the holding of pitches and one-to-one meetings for the 36 projects selected.

How will the projects be selected?

The projects will be selected according to our selection criteria by an international and independent jury as in past years.

In which language will the online pitch sessions be held?

All sessions will occur in English. There will be no simultaneous translation provided by the organizers given the online solution implemented.

Will you refund the attendees & exhibitors in the eventuality of the physical event being cancelled?

In the event that we are forced to cancel this year’s physical market due to the Covid-19 pandemic, registered attendees and exhibitors will be fully refunded by Doc Services within a reasonable timeframe after the event due on 22-25 June 2020.*
*This does not apply on the SINGLE PITCH SUBMISSION as it will be held online.

Can I get a refund for the SINGLE PITCH SUBMISSION if I’m not selected?

The cost of the Single Pitch Submission corresponds to an application and administration fee. Therefore, it will not be refunded.

Can I submit more than one project to your pitch sessions?

Sure, it is possible to submit more than one project to our 2020 pitch sessions. Although the Single Pitch Submission product can only be purchased once per company, you can add one or more “Additional Project” for €150 per item directly on our e-shop.


Can I submit a project without a trailer?

Yes. 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 lead us to review and adapt this particular rule for the Sunny Side of the Doc 2020 Call for Projects.
Thus, any alternative visual support (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.

How does the SINGLE PITCH SUBMISSION item differ from the regular 4-DAY PASS?

The 4-DAY PASS gives you access to the physical marketplace event, including the possibility to submit one project to the pitching sessions.
The SINGLE PITCH SUBMISSION enables you to submit a project and be part of online pitching sessions in case of selection without incurring at this stage the total cost of registration in a physical event.


How do I buy an accreditation? What is the deadline?

You can buy several types of accreditations. To do so, please log-in to our e-shop :


To appear in the printed catalogue, you must assign your accreditation before: May 28th
After this deadline you can still buy an accreditation, but you’ll only appear online.

How can I assign my accreditation(s)?

Once you have bought an accreditation, please log-in to our community space. Then click on Events Manager > Accreditations. You’ll be able to select your accreditation and assign it to yourself or your colleagues.

Please note that to assign an accreditation to one of your colleagues, you must all have an account and be registered under the same company.

What is a project?

A project is a documentary project, one off or series, in development, production or postproduction still looking for new partners and/or financing.

What is a programme?

A programme is a completed documentary seeking for sales or looking for a sales agent.

What are the deadlines?

(Midnight French Time)

Project submission to the pitching sessions: 23 April 2020
Projects/programmes to appear in the printed catalogue: 28 May 2020
Ads to appear in the printed catalogue: 28 May 2020

Assign an accreditation: June 22nd

Do I need to be accredited to submit my project(s) to the pitching sessions?

Yes. This policy is designed to guarantee the best quality of our events and to introduce only the most serious applications to our international jury. We also want to make sure that each project will be represented by a participant during the event.

How can I submit my project to the pitching sessions?

You need to be registered to the event to submit your project to the pitching selection. Then, you have to fill out the project form on the community space. Click on Events Manager > Projects & programmes.

Once you finished completing the form, click on “Validate and send out to catalogue”. Please note that you won’t be able to modify the form once validated.

Then, go back on Events Manager > Projects & programmes. You’ll see your project, and the button “Submit to the Pitch” next to it.

Who is the jury of selection?

The event gathers a jury with internationally acknowledged professionals: commissioning editors, producers, distributors, etc. The composition of the jury will be available online before the event.

How do the pitching sessions work?

If you are selected you will pitch your project in front of Decision Makers and other participants who chose to attend the session.
Pitch sessions last 15 minutes in total, 7 minutes for presentation and trailer, and 8 minutes Q&A with Decision Makers.

How do I access to my Community space?

You need to have an account to access the community space. You have to be registered to the event to access the Delegates List, etc.


What do I find on my Community space?

It is used by all participants attending the market.

Find participants’ contact details in order to book meetings, assign your accreditations, access the online catalogue, and register your projects/programmes.

Decision makers also register their information here.

What is a group stand?

Group stands (or umbrella) are for associations, unions, national or regional institutions to gather producers & distributors under a shared stand.

Participating under an umbrella gives you more visibility, a place to have your meetings and a lower rate.

For reference here are examples of Group Stands:

• ABPITV Brazilian TV Producers [Brazil]
• AG DOK German Documentaries [Germany]
• Screen Australia [Australia]
• Basque Audiovisual [Spain]
• Catalan Films & TV [Spain]
• Doc It [Italy]
• SPI : Syndicat des Producteurs Indépendants [France]
• TVFI – TV France International [France]
• Union Syndicale de la Production Audiovisuelle USPA [France]