24 - 27 JUNE 2019 / LA ROCHELLE - FRANCE

Appel à Projets

The 2018 Sunny Side Call for Projects is open to submissions until April 25, 2018

Pitch your documentary project at Sunny Side of the Doc 2018

Be in with a chance of pitching in one of the most internationally renowned marketplace for documentary and factual content across all platforms, in La Rochelle, from 25 to 28 June 2018.

Each June, Sunny Side of the Doc creates unique opportunities for +2,000 industry professionals from 60 countries and brings the most exciting concepts for documentary films, one offs, series, short formats, VR and interactive media to the international non-fiction market.

Through 6 highly coveted pitching sessions and targeted matchmaking, a selection of 36 projects in development or in production will be presented to 350 international decision-makers and have the chance to meet potential partners such as commissioning editors, buyers, producers and distributors.



As part of the 2018 focus on “Culture in Motion“, a great diversity of realities and narratives, all striving towards the enhancement of cultural, material, intangible and digital heritage, will be highlighted. In particular, two pitching sessions* will serve as valuable springboards for a selection of creative projects and innovative experiences.
Submissions are closed


The 2018 Call for Projects is open to all authors, producers, directors, digital creators, games & interactive designers with the ambition to join the international non-fiction market.

Organizers are looking for projects that combine quality, originality and innovation with appeal to international broadcasters, co-producers and other funders, related to to the 6 following topics: Arts & Culture / Culture & Digital Creation / History / Science / Social & Human Interest / Natural History & Wildlife.

Sunny Side of the Doc will accept cross-plaftforms projects and new digital narrative forms across all thematic pitching sessions.

*Arts & Culture – Projects aiming at a linear broadcasting and exploring arts topics such as biopics, music, cinema, architecture, fine arts, cultural heritage programs and pop-culture.

*Culture & Digital Creation – Projects developing innovative digital storytelling and new media tools, creating new interactions with the audiences and allowing new uses around cultural stories. Targeted creations are distinguished by their format, duration, narrative form, reach or naviga-tion process, interactive and participative dimension (animation, apps, virtual reality, augmented reality, gaming, visual arts…)

History – Projects adopting a heritage-minded approach to historical narratives and the access to collective memory are also targeted.

Science – This pitching session is co-organized with the Eurovision Science & Knowledge Group, to present ambitious science projects, aimed at a prime time, international audience. For this specific call, click here to submit.

Social & Human Interest – Inspiring projects providing a strong point of view and understanding of contemporary international, social and/or human issues.

Natural History & Wildlife – Blue-chip filmmaking and challenging works in the natural history genre. Projects raising awareness on issues of preservation of the natural heritage are being sought. The setup of this session creates targeted connections between wildlife directors, buyers, distributors.

Buy an accreditation

Buy an accreditation for the event on our eshop with a project registration.


Go to our professional space to register your project online and validate it.


After validating your project, go to your personal space to submit your project to the event.

Ready To Submit your Project?

All full paper submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research content/depth, correctness, relevance to conference, contributions, and readability. English is the official language of the conference. We welcome paper submissions. Prospective authors are invited to submit full (and original research) papers (which is NOT submitted or published or under consideration anywhere in other conferences/journal) in electronic (DOC or PDF) format.


Elements required for submission through your professional account:

Submissions must be made in English.

You need to upload the following elements online logging into Sunny Side Community space with your personal account:

  1. Synopsis (300 characters spaces included)
  2. Treatment (700 characters spaces included)
  3. Project’s picture HD (300 dpi)
  4. Trailer (max. 5 GB) – Formats accepted: MOV, AVI, MP4, MPEG-2, 3GP, AAC, FLV (M4V is not accepted)
  5. 1 PDF file including:  synopsis, budget, funding plan, commitment letters, treatment, short biographies of the author/director and presentation of the producer.
  6. And all information you consider useful in order to help the jury assessing your project.

For further information, please contact us directly.

We strongly advise you to contact our team prior to submission:

Patrizia Mancini
International Development Executive
Doriane Boisseleau
Sales Officer

Contact our friendly sales team