Ex Oriente 2024

The Ex Oriente Film documentary laboratory is divided into two training programmes: Ex Oriente Features and Ex Oriente Series.

The laboratory includes 12 feature-length documentary projects (Ex Oriente Features) and 5 docuseries projects (Ex Oriente Series) represented by director-producer or creator-producer teams who will attend 3 residential sessions and additional online sessions. 

Both training programmes conclude at the East Doc Forum pitching, where project holders will present their creation to more than 80 international decision-makers. Creators will also get a chance to win various prizes and scholarships, financial support, co-production agreements, access to leading European markets, and partner training.

This year, Sunny Side of the Doc will welcome the first session of Ex Oriente Series from June 23-25 in La Rochelle, France. 

Applications are open until February 14, 2024, and are entirely free of charge.

workshop timeline

Discover the 3 workshops of Ex Oriente Series.

1st session

Sunny Side of the Doc: June 23-25, 2024, La Rochelle, France

who can apply?

The call is open to creative feature-length documentary projects and docuseries in the development and early production stage that challenge genres, formats, and media boundaries. The workshop is designed for creators mainly from Central and Eastern Europe (incl. selected EU acceding and candidate countries) and/or creative documentary projects dealing with stories from said region.

For more details, see the list of eligible countries.


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documentary series projects


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