Europe's got talent

Turning diversity into talent

Given the positive impact of this initiative 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, East Doc Platform, HBO Europe, Pitch The DocFilm Center Serbia, Baltic Sea Docs, Balkan Documentary Center, Croatian Audiovisual Fund, Film Centre of Montenegro, DocuDays UA, Estonian Film Institute, National Film Centre of Latvia, Slovak Film Institute, Lithuanian Film Center, MADOKE, Audiovisual Producers’ Association, KFF Sales & Promotion, Georgian National Film Center, DokuBaku.
 

Talent Hub & Work in Progress Jury

Talent Hub CEE


Margje De Koning - Movies That Matter
Rebecca Houzel - Petit à Petit Production
Marketa Stinglova - Czech TV

Work in Progress



Anna Berthollet - Light Dox
Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen - IDFA
​Diana Tabakova - DAFilms

2021 Work in Progress & Talent Hub Selections

Learn more about the projects selected for the Talent Hub CEE and the Work in Progress CEE on the Pitch the Doc platform available here.
 

72 HOURS

Produced by: Playtime Films (Belgium)
Directed by: Anna Savchenko

NORD EXPRESS

Produced by: Mistrus Media (Latvia)
Directed by: Karlis Lesins

Logline:  For 30 years, there has been a dream to build a railway to connect the Baltic States to the rest of the Europe. Filmmaker Kārlis Lesiņš starts an investigation and goes on the road to find out why 5 years before the intended launch the construction of this 7 billion euro EU funded high-speed railway line Rail Baltica has barely started.

LAGOONS. A BATTLE FOR PARADISE

Produced by: Albatros Communicos (Ukraine)
Directed by: Serhiy Lysenko

Logline:  During one year, the wheel of wildlife at Tuzly Lagoons National Nature Park in Ukraine comes full circle, as people who want to live as a part of the Nature, fight those who only want to use it.

IRON BUTTERFLIES

Produced by: BABYLON’13 (Ukraine)
Directed by: Roman Liubyi

Logline: A Butterfly-shaped shrapnel found in the body of the pilot of the flight MH17 leads to the identification of the state, responsible for a war crime that has gone unpunished. “Iron Butterflies” is a hybrid documentary investigating multiple layers around the downing of MH17 in Eastern Ukraine, 2014.

AURORA'S SUNRISE

Produced by: Bars Media (Armenia),  Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany), ARTBOX Laisvalaikio Klubas (Lithuania)
Directed byInna Sahakyan

Logline:  At only 14, Aurora faced the horror of the Armenian Genocide. Luck and courage enabled her to escape to America, where her tragic story became a cultural sensation. Starring in a Hollywood film based on her life, Aurora became a celebrity and the face of the largest charity campaign in US history. Her odyssey sees her confront loss, trauma, and greed, all while battling to maintain her humanity.

FIGHT

Produced by: Motif Films (Armenia)
Directed by: Lilit Movsisyan

Logline: In a conservative Armenian family, 16-year old Karine dreams to become a veterinarian, but her family, especially her father, a well-known dog-fighter, is against her dream. Karine’s destiny is one amongst thousands. How can girls and women grab their freedom in countries that are deeply rooted on patriarchal values? 

BERLINER

Produced by: 1991 PRODUCTIONS (Georgia)
Directed by: Anna Khazaradze

Logline: A middle-aged Georgian immigrant woman works in Berlin as a German language interpreter for criminals and refugees from Post-Soviet countries.

GIRLS' STORIES

Produced by: Pinot Films (Poland)
Directed by: Aga Borzym

Logline: Story about being on the verge of becoming a teenager. We observe the world of adolescence, with all its ups and downs, through the eyes of two guides – 11-year-old Jagoda and 13-years-old Zuzia.

CINEMA UNDER SIEGE

Produced by: Novi Film (Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovia)
Directed by: Srđan Šarenac

Logline: CINEMA UNDER SIEGE tells the story of determined group of artists staging first Sarajevo film festival during the deadly siege of Sarajevo in 1993.

YOGOGI PARK

Produced by: Volia Films (Estonia/Belarus)
Directed by: Max Golomidov

Logline: Yoyogi is a place of freedom and going beyond everything human. Like the first flight to the sky.

WORK IN PROGRESS: EASTERN & CENTRAL EUROPE

An award sponsored by Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival
Prize: 2,000 euros in cash

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Since we started with broadcasting in November 2011, Al Jazeera Balkans (AJB) has been offering a new and exciting perspective in the regional media landscape. In almost 10 years, Al Jazeera Balkans became one of the biggest buyers and producers of documentary films in the Balkans region. With our 4th edition of AJBDOC, international film festival, we are continuing to “give voice to untold stories, promote debate, and challenge established perceptions.”  Edhem Fočo, Director of Al Jazeera Balkans Film Festival (AJB DOC)

TALENT HUB CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

An award sponsored by Institute of Documentary Film
Prize: 2,000 euros in cash

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I am very happy for our partnership with Sunny Side of the Doc. For us it’s a great way to introduce you to the new talents coming from Central and Eastern Europe and help them navigate through the European film market. Networking and international collaboration was always a crucial task for us – to stimulate cooperation that will bring the stories to life – and I believe that Sunny Side of the Doc could be the right place for the filmmakers to find new partners for their projects. ” Zdenek Blaha, Programme Director, Institute of Documentary Film 

2021 Grant recipients

This year, the 10 grants recipients from 9 countries in Central and Eastern Europe will managed to ignite collaborations around their on-going projects and create long-lasting coproduction ties within the global documentary community.

 

  1. CROATIA:  Senad Sahmanovic (Sekvenca Production) presenting "VUD"


  2. ROMANIA:  Oana Muntean (Kolectiv Romania) presenting "MamaPan"


  3. SLOVAKIA: Zuzana Mistrikova (PubRes) presenting "One More Question"


  4. ESTONIA: Riina Sildos (Amrion) presenting "Two Hours of Happiness"


  5. MOLDOVA: Caline Laur (Laur Cinema) presenting "In the Forgotten Country"


  6. ARMENIA: Vahagn Khachatryan (Ulik Production, Color Of May, NCCA)  presenting "Aperik or 5 Dreamers and a horse"


  7. SLOVAKIA: Peter Veverka (Azyl Production, s.r.o. & Company F) presenting  "A Happy Man"


  8. CZECH REPUBLIC: Margaréta Cvečková (Trigon Production sro) presenting  "Dezo Hoffman - Photographer of The Beatles" 


  9. HUNGARY:  Krisztina Meggyes (Little Bus Production KFT.) presenting "Hatchery"


  10. SERBIA: Sonja Bozic (Elastic Media, Dart Film & Video, CineSud Promotion, Institute for Transmedia Design) presenting "Chocolate & Milk"

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.

A shared ambition with our partners

telefilm-canada
nhk
canal
scam
mediawan
ita-trade-agency
histoire-tv
Film Center Latvia
east-doc-platform
histoire-tv
MAdoke
APA
KFF
Georgian Film institute
DokuBaku

For more information, please contact:



Patrizia Mancini
International Development Executive

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