Turning diversity into talent
Given the positive impact of this initiatve launched in 2019, a new group of emerging documentary producers and talent from Central and Eastern Europe will be invited to join the 2021 edition of Sunny Side of the Doc online.
With the ongoing support from the Creative Europe’s MEDIA programme
, our aim is to encourage countries who are less represented on the international market to take part, as well as to build new creative and business relationships, and help drive diversity in the stories and narratives.
In order to achieve this, Sunny Side of the Doc has joined forces with key European partners active in the sector, to help identify these new voices in emerging European markets: Al Jazeera Balkans
, Balkan Documentary Center
, Baltic Sea Docs
, Croatian Audiovisual Center
, Documentary Association of Europe
, Docudays UA
, East Doc Platform
, Emerging Producers Jihlava IDFF
, Slovak Film Institut
A shared ambition with our partners
Lejla Dedic, Al Jazeera Balkans & Al Jazeera Documentary Festival
It is extremely important to bring new voices and visions to the international documentary landscape, as they provide us with a deeper understanding of various topics, make us think about them and teach us how to behave. Giving these opportunities to new talent, through markets such as Sunny Side of the Doc, is absolutely fantastic as is it enables us, Broadcasters, Distributors, Film Festivals, State Funders and other Independent Producers to meet them and help them in their quest to tell the world their untold stories.
Martichka Bozhilova, Balkan Documentary Center
For more than ten years Balkan Documentary Center is helping new voices from South-East Europe reach the international stage and complete their projects, despite the structural difficulties in our region. Hence, we supported the initiative of Sunny Side for grants to Central & Eastern European filmmakers, which give them access to this important market. The initiative is a big step in increasing visibility of the Balkans and will bring new opportunities to content creators in our region
At last year’s Connected Edition, the 28 grants recipients from 15 countries in Central and Eastern Europe managed to ignite collaborations around their on-going projects and create long-lasting coproduction ties within the global documentary community.
AllFilm Volia Chajkouskaya, AllFilm
Sabrina Begović – Ćorić
Tatjana Nikolic, City of Art
Sdrjan Sarenec, Novi Film
Plamena Slavcheva, Indipendent
Susana Erbeznik, Restart
Petr Polák, Petrohrad s.r.o.
Alice Tabery, Cinepoint
Max Tuula, Marx Film
Julianna Ugrin, Eclipse Film
Ksenia Chiuvaseva, POD Production
Anna Fam, Polished Productions
Olga Bieniek and Andrzej Miekus, Poland Filmicon
Anna Gawlita, Poland Kijora Films
Monika Lazurean-Gorgan, Manifest Film
Cristina Iordache, East Movies
Aleksandr Vinogradov, VideoVam
Danilo Lazovic, Doc33 Production
Barbara Atalanta, Nord Cross
Nina Blazin, Casablanca
Jan Bodnar, Mediavoice
Vera Lacková, Mediavoice
Simon Mozgovyi, Mainstream Pictures LLC
Andrii Kotliar, Babylon’13
Oleksandra Chuprina, Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema
Alina Gorlova, Tabor LTD
Supporting low production capacity countries
Sunny Side of the Doc 2021 will highlight talents from Central and Eastern Europe through a number of initiatives.
To facilitate easier access to our documentary market, we are delighted to offer preferential registration rates to participants from the following Low Production Capacity Countries, as defined by Europe Creative.
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
Online Passes are available for €285 instead of €385!