Europe's got talent

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

2020 Grant recipients

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.
BELARUS
AllFilm Volia Chajkouskaya, AllFilm
BOSNIA
Sabrina Begović – Ćorić
Tatjana Nikolic, City of Art
Sdrjan Sarenec, Novi Film
BULGARIA
Plamena Slavcheva, Indipendent
CROATIA
Susana Erbeznik, Restart
CZECH REPUBLIC
Petr Polák, Petrohrad s.r.o.
Alice Tabery, Cinepoint
ESTONIA
Max Tuula, Marx Film
HUNGARY
Julianna Ugrin, Eclipse Film
MOLDOVA
Ksenia Chiuvaseva, POD Production
POLAND
Anna Stylinska
Anna Fam, Polished Productions
Olga Bieniek and Andrzej Miekus, Poland Filmicon
Anna Gawlita, Poland Kijora Films
ROMANIA
Monika Lazurean-Gorgan, Manifest Film
Cristina Iordache, East Movies
RUSSIA
Aleksandr Vinogradov, VideoVam
 
SERBIA
Danilo Lazovic, Doc33 Production
 
SLOVENIA
Barbara Atalanta, Nord Cross
Nina Blazin, Casablanca
 
SLOVAKIA
Jan Bodnar, Mediavoice
Vera Lacková, Mediavoice
 
UKRAINA
Nadzeya Ilkevich
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.
Online Passes are available for €285 instead of €385!

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.

For more information, please contact:



Patrizia Mancini
International Development Executive

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