21 - 24 JUNE 2021 / EDITION N°32


Sunny Side of the Doc

Flashback: “IMZ & Sunny Side of the Doc” Pitch Session at Avant-Première 2019 (Berlin)

Feedback from Sunny Side of the Doc + IMZ First Pitching Session

Last February in Berlin, the sixth edition of Avant Première 2019 successfully provided an insightful, engaging conference programme with a record number of 613 participants from 35 countries from all over the world, who got to enjoy exclusive previews to 560 music + dance films presented by 65 key market players!

In order to shine a special spotlight on performing arts documentaries and offer filmmakers the possibility to take their projects further, IMZ International Music + Media Center and Sunny Side of the Doc joined forces to organise a dedicated pitch session. The call for proposals yielded an incredible amount + quality of projects, the five best proposals from Norway, Australia, France and Germany were pitched on February 11th directly to international decision makers at Avant Première!

The Jury consisted in internationally renowned experts + decision makers in the realm of documentary + performing arts :

  • Emma CahusacCommissioning Editor for Arts, Music and Dance at BBC Music
  • Anaïs ClanetGeneral Manager at Wide House
  • Ali DeliciDeputy Director Arts Department at ARTE France
  •  Emelie PerssonHead Commissioning Editor for Arts and Culture Documentaries at SVT – Swedish Television.
  • Roberto PisoniHead of Shy Arte at Sky Italia

The winning pitch: “The Subharchord – The Child of a Golden Age”

The winning project “The Subharchord – The Child of a Golden Age” by the Norwegian production company True Fiction, did not only receive critical acclaim from the jury and the audience but also will have the chance to pitch again at Sunny Side of the Doc in June 2019! Find out more about True Fiction: www.truefiction.no

The director of the documentary, Ina Pillat and producer Cecilie Bjørnaraa shared their experience and takeways.

Cecilie Bjørnaraa: It was a great experience for us and the jury members had valuable feedback, all of them actually, so we take that for the further development of the film.”
Watch the full interview below:

A very promising first edition, particularly according to Yves Jeanneau, CEO of Sunny Side of the Doc who confides at the end of the pitching day :

Yves Jeanneau: « For a first time it was very good and the response shows that we need more opportunities like this, we need to do it again, to extend it, to let more people know about it because I think it is very useful to the development of new original projects. »
Watch the full interview below:

Next stage: Sunny Side of the Doc, 24-27 June 2019, La Rochelle

After Avant Premiere, True Fiction’s creative team will pitch again at Sunny Side of the Doc to an audience of 300 international decision makers and buyers, to get critical insight and seal financing deal.

A real chance to make their project crossing borders :

Cecilie Bjørnaraa: “Of course we are extremely happy and we are looking very much forward to going to the Sunny Side of the Doc, pitch our project again there, get new collaborations, and meet potential distributors for the film too in order to make it travel abroad, as much as possible.”

The project tells the story of a unique invention from East Berlin, – the birth, life, death and resurrection of The Subharchord, an early synthesizer that was invented in order to create “the sound of
the future”. It will also compete for the Best Arts, Culture & Heritage Pitch in La Rochelle.

The marketplace for Arts and Culture documentaries is constantly evolving according to Yves Jeanneau:

Yves Jeanneau : “The reality for music and performing arts documentaries is not an easy one in the international marketplace. There are very few slots on TV and Sunny Side of the Doc is mostly a factual TV market. Mostly, but not only, and the shift towards digital platforms and location-based venues is wel underway. And because of that change, the timing was right to team up with IMZ and create new global opportunities for music, performing arts films.”

Moreover, the IMZ will provide exposure and visibility on-site in the IMZ Group Stand with reduced rates as exclusive service for IMZ Members. A unique occasion to present yourself and your high-quality productions to 2.000 factual content professionals from 50 countries in attendance at Sunny Side of the Doc, the internally renowned market place for documentaries and narrative experiences.


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