Sunny Side of the Doc 2022


New Voices: Sunny Side’s 2022 main thread

New Voices is Sunny Side’s 2022 main thread for both the market and year-round activities.
We strongly believe that diversity drives innovation and creativity in the documentary genre. Plurality of voices and talents is essential to ensure that films are relevant to diverse audiences. After the February session of the Global Pitch dedicated to Women’s Voices, new features will be deployed at the 33rd edition in June in order to embrace and nurture new talents, and help them find their place in the documentary community.

#SSD22: the Before

The Sunny Side of the Doc experience started on June 1st!
Before enjoying 4 days of market live in La Rochelle, Sunny Side of the Doc offered all its registered delegates 2 days of online "Before" (detailed program here!) :

Wednesday 1st June

Welcome to Newcomers

[3pm-4pm UTC+2 Attending Sunny Side of the Doc for the first time? Take advantage of our experts' advice to prepare and shine on the market!

Welcome to Pitchers

[4pm-5pm UTC+2 You're part of the Official Selection? Congratulations! Discuss with former SSD pitchers to maximise your chances!

Thursday 2nd June

Case Study: Sagrada Familia 

[2pm-3pm UTC+2 Get to the heart of the matter with a case study on: "Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's Challenge" in presence of the film's producers.

Meet Xn Québec

[3pm-4pm UTC+2 Get a head start and meet already with the Canadian Digital Experience Producers Association.

Market's strengths

Sunny Side of the Doc is one of the world’s benchmark industry events for coproduction funding and the circulation of completed programs, for both linear documentaries, digital storytelling and immersive experiences in its PiXii Festival strand.

3 core pillars:
  • It facilitates funding and international coproduction through highly selective pitching sessions and market activities.
  • It provides market intelligence and forward-looking insights out of high-level keynotes, panels, channel line-ups, showcases and hands-on workshops.
  • It also offers networking opportunities with industry peers in an exhibition hall with booths and informal meeting areas, through mentoring and tailored matchmaking sessions, not to mention social activities.

Who attends?

Sunny Side of the Doc attracts 2,200+ participants from 60+ countries and targets
  • content creators: producers and filmmakers, 
  • decision makers: broadcasters, streamers, foundations, museums, social networks, sales agents,
  • and those involved in content creation: archives, music etc.

Consult the complete list of attending decision makers in 2021.

Key data of previous edition

The 2021 Edition was fully online
  • 1,500 International Delegates & 410 International Decisions Makers
  • 891 Registrered Companies
  • 490 Projects & Programmes
  • 243 Pitch Submissions
  • +1,500 One-to-One meetings arranged


Level UP: a new stage to convince

Numerous innovative start-ups are breaking new ground in the heritage sector. By developing new services, tools and devices, they’re helping heritage sites reach a wider audience and increase access to culture to both international audiences as well as those with limited access to culture. 

Commercial Offers

In our commercial offering as well, we are making it possible for New Voices to join the Sunny Side of the Doc community
  • -25% for any New Comers companies
  • -50% off for professionals coming from 'Low Capacity' countries
  • -75% for those coming from 'Global South' countries
  • Special rates are also available for students.

New Voices Talent Hub

This 2022 new pitching session is designed to welcome first and second time filmmakers and content creators with projects which have an international potential : hidden gems, new writers, new producers, new directors, new issues, and inspiring stories. We are particularly keen on giving more exposure to professionals from under-represented communities towards international decision makers.

A meeting point for XR professionals

In person or online, PiXii Festival will also gather leading players of the XR sphere at Sunny Side of the Doc to explore the next dimension of storytelling, stimulate innovative thinking and spark new collaborations.

Round tables, tips and tricks, case studies:
  • Better understand the challenges of XR production and distribution
  • Meet the creative teams selected at this year’s PiXii Festival
  • Build tomorrow’s models of cooperation the Bridging the Culture program, in association with Europe Creative.
PiXii Festival is one of the major digital creation events in France featured in the French Institute program "Digital Crossroads" aimed at promoting the networking of French and foreign professionals in order to support the export of works and expertise, co-productions and the opening of new markets.
And our coveted and targeted Networking and Matchmaking opportunities: meetings with emerging talents and immersive storytelling experts, development of networks, projects co-creation and co-funding through hands-on workshops and pitching sessions.

Who attends?

  • XR content creators
  • Studios
  • New media producers
  • Innovative technology companies
  • Museums and cultural institutions
  • TV networks and platforms

What for?

  • A 4-day co-production market
  • An exhibition in the heart of the city
  • A watch on the latest XR innovations
  • Professional meetings
  • An international visibility booster
  • A hub for new collaborations
  • Targeted matchmaking on site and online


VR Room Scale

A dedicated room will be available during the 4 days of Sunny Side of the Doc to allow producers to concretize their professional meetings with «live» test sessions. Marketed as a time slot (upon reservation), this space will have a high-end offer in terms of VR headsets, mediation as well as a lounge area to continue the discussion, all in accordance with the health regulations in force.  


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