Our Organisation

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A landmark event

Established in La Rochelle, Sunny Side of the Doc has become a major international marketplace for coproduction, buying and selling of high-quality documentary projects, programmes and new narrative experiences.

The event was born under this optimistic and international name in 1990 around three main missions:
  • Foster the European and international circulation of documentary programs,
  • Encourage international co-production and the development of projects around invaluable networking opportunities,
  • Inform and train professionals on key market trends, media economics, technological changes, content creation in the streaming era etc.
With the Sunny Lab (2014) then PiXii Festival (2017), a mission of supporting audiovisual and narrative innovation of all documentary genres has been added through greater attention to emerging talents and the structuration of a market dedicated to immersive works and experiences.
Sunny Side of the Doc has successfully developed the tools and services likely to achieve its founding objectives and to benefit French, European and international professionals (60 nationalities represented).

After the positive results of the first Connected Edition, organizers now provide a hybrid offer combining face-to-face, online and year-round passport, thought as a real opportunity to expand the number and quality of industry attendees.

Our Approach

In a world of crisis, which questions its future, we believe documentary storytelling has a social and civic role that should be kept in mind and fostered in the global media landscape. It is Sunny Side of the Doc’s conviction to defend and celebrate, through independent storytellers, an ideal of living together and educate new and diverse audiences today and tomorrow.

Each year, our marketplace event brings together broadcasters, decision makers, financing bodies, distributors, content creators and producers from around the world to sell or buy projects and programmes, and to find the right co-production partners. 

We promote a culture of co-creation and international cooperation between industry stakeholders. Our way consists in creating unique opportunities in a feel-good atmosphere through a variety of high-level pitching sessions, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, networking activities and the added value of an exhibition space.

The 32nd edition of Sunny Side of the Doc and the 5th edition of the PiXii Festival will be held live in La Rochelle and online from 21st to 24th June 2021.

Key Figures in 2020

Engaging with industry

Sunny Side of the Doc enjoys an excellent producer-to-broadcaster ratio, that fosters an invaluable networking and deal-making environment. We bring you face-to-face with international leaders who can make a real difference to your career in documentary and factual.

  • +1,700 DELEGATES
  • 60 COUNTRIES
  • 315 DECISION MAKERS
  • 957 REGISTERED COMPANIES

Engaging new talent

Sunny Side of the Doc aims to support the emerging producing talent from less represented regions and draw together the creative minds driving transformation across the media sector and enhancing diversity onscreen.

  • 1, 360 PROJECTS & PROGRAMMES
  • 346 PITCH SUBMISSIONS
  • 667 ONE-TO-ONE MEETINGS ARRANGED
  • 57,4 % WOMEN IN DOC

Engaging in innovation

PiXii Festival is giving a business view of the real power of XR storytelling and becomes a definitive meeting point for digital & creative cultures, fostering new collaborations within the world’s cultural platforms, institutions and heritage sites.

  • 15% PIXII ATTENDEES
  • 92 CULTURAL STAKEHOLDERS
  • 244 EXPERT MEETINGS
  • 100 000 PAGE VIEWS

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