Global Pitch 2022

Women's Voices

The Global Pitch by Sunny Side of the Doc will be held on February 22 & 23, 2022. The aim of the two-day online pitching session sponsored by Al Jazeera Documentary Channel and Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival (AJB DOC) is to facilitate the international financing and coproduction of projects focusing on Women's Voices.

We welcome important, compelling, topical, relevant and original stories with a female perspective. While we wish to champion women filmmakers, particularly from under-represented communities, we are open to all off screen talents.

The Global Pitch Award (€3,000) funded by our sponsors, will be presented to the creative team behind the best project pitched online. The award-winning team will also get two free accreditations for Sunny Side of the Doc 2022.
The call for projects is now closed. However, you can still attend the event online with the Global Pitch Event Pass available on Mysunny Space for only €45!
The Global Pitch is a unique opportunity for 12 selected projects to reach out to 100+ key decision makers through online pitching and tailored individual meetings. The platform will also offer all applicants and participants networking and business opportunities.

The Global Pitch kicks off Sunny Side of the Doc 2022 and our year-long online activities which will focus on the Diversity of voices!. Sunny Side of the Doc aims to bring to light projects, stories and talents from diverse geographical, social, racial, age and gender backgrounds. It wishes to embrace the diversity of narration of the documentary genre. It will take place in person in La Rochelle from June 20th  to 23rd .

A word from our sponsors

Why Global Pitch?

The first Global Pitch in February 2021 was dedicated to investigative and current affairs projects, when our planet, our daily lives and our industry were being turned upside down by the pandemic. We wanted to explore complex issues and challenges, and ensuring that the documentary genre plays a leading role in understanding the world around us and in inspiring change. The 12 selected projects were pitched to 100+ decision makers and found coproduction, prebuy and acquisition deals.
Sunny Side of the Doc is committed to gender parity in order to keep the documentary business thriving, to foster women’s empowerment both in front and behind the camera and to champion talents and new voices coming up on the international marketplace.

Women make up half the world’s population but are still far from being treated on a equal footing with men, even in countries at the forefront of gender equality. And yet the positive links between gender equality, empowerment of women and effective and sustainable development are very clear.

72% of the selected projects at Sunny Side of the Doc 2021 were driven by female talents (directors and producers) and women made up half our mentors, jury members, experts and panelists. No such results can be achieved, let alone maintained and improved, without a steadfast commitment. The Global Pitch 2022 is yet another step in embracing and celebrating a diversity of talents and stories.

What we are looking for

The Global Pitch call for projects is open to all talents, whether confirmed or emerging, from all regions of the world, looking for partners and new contacts to fund, produce and distribute documentary projects with a strong international potential.
Our focus on women’s voices includes all themes, genres, formats and issues, such as (non-exhaustive list):
  • The place of women in society (politics, science, the economy, the arts, academia etc.)
  • Pioneers and unsung heroines
  • Men’s role in gender equality
  • Social empowerment through education, culture and health
  • Positive discrimination and women washing
  • Women in the workplace – issues and challenges
  • Women in conflict
  • Women and climate change: victims and agents of change
  • Feminism and social networks
  • etc.
We accept all formats: one-offs, series, features, shorts, multi-media concepts, XR, native digital production etc. 

Your project can be at any stage of development and production. You must be able to demonstrate that you have obtained at least 10% of the production budget and a financial backer by presenting a letter of commitment (LOC) from a broadcaster, distributer, support fund, foundation, crowdfunding or other.

Why Enter?

The Global Pitch 2022 will offer unique funding and networking opportunities to all applicants:
  • Access to highly targeted international decision-makers who are an invaluable source of advice and comments via 15-minute pitches (7’ video pitch followed by an 8’ Q&A);
  • Pre-arranged individual meetings with decision-makers, to help advance your project;
  • Online mentoring by experienced professionals to increase your pitching skills and strategy;
  • Exposure to the international documentary community through a listing in our digital publication and on our platform as well as a follow-up of the project up until and after its release via Sunny Side’s Project Observatory.
  • Access to two Meet the Executives sessions and two pitching sessions;
  • Access to all Global Pitch Participants on our Global Pitch Swapcard platform;
  • Access to resources: Buyers’ List and catalogue of Selected Projects;
  • Sourcing of new documentary projects in development;
A 3,000€ cash prize and two complimentary accreditations for Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle on June 20-23, 2022.


During two days of pitch sessions (February 22nd – 23rd), a selection of 12 projects will be presented to a panel of top-level decision makers in pre-recorded video pitches. Each pitch will be followed by a live 8-minute Q&A session, and will continue via pre-arranged one-to-one meetings with specific buyers and commissioners for initiating concrete creative and financial discussions. 
Each session will be held from 3pm to 4.30pm CET. They will be preceded by a Meet the Executives session from 2pm to 3pm CET.

Our sponsors

Al Jazeera

For further information, please contact us directly

Jean-Jacques Peretti
Programming & Training Coordinator

Asma Ben Ali
Sales & Development Officer
You are decision-maker and wish to attend the pitching sessions? Get in touch with our team now.



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