Make way for global change at Sunny Side of the Doc

Submissions are now open for Sunny Side of the Doc 2021 to be run in hybrid format from 21-24 June exploring the central theme #StorytellingMatters.

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Want to be part of the global change by pitching your documentary project at Sunny Side of the Doc 2021?

Each June, Sunny Side of the Doc creates unique opportunities for the most exciting non-fiction concepts to be pitched directly in front of 300+ top-level international decision makers: commissioning editors from broadcasters and platforms, foundations, funders, sales agents and cultural institutions.

Through 4 highly coveted pitching sessions, 6 thematics and targeted matchmaking, a selection of 42 projects will receive critical insights, find potential partners and seal financing deals.

Submission deadline: Thursday 22 April, at 23:59 CEST/UTC +2.

In this unprecedented time, the international documentary industry has a special role to play and #StorytellingMatters more than ever before. This central theme of Sunny Side of the Doc 2021 will also resonate within each of the genres of this year’s pitching sessions, with a particular attention to projects which inspire change and shine a light on action for the future.
Sunny Side of the Doc is now seeking submissions for ambitious, high quality innovative projects with an international appeal and the potential for international coproduction. We are especially keen on projects which include an impact campaign.

The focus is on these 6 genres: Global Issues, Science, History, Wildlife Conservation, Arts & Culture and Immersive Experiences.

    Accepted are:

  • Linear TV formats (one-offs and series),

  • Feature-length documentaries and short formats,

  • Native web formats,

  • New media narratives and multi-platform content projects.


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