«I think there’s a real need to see new faces»

    SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC: Director of Strategy & Development Mathieu Béjot on the La Rochelle market's 33rd edition.

    After a mostly online experience over the past two years, The 33rd Sunny Side of the Doc returns to La Rochelle from 20 to 23 June 2022. Though a fully physical event, in the name of accessibility, this year’s Sunny Side of the Doc will keeps a selection of online offerings.

    Established in La Rochelle, France in 1990, Sunny Side of the Doc is a major international marketplace for coproduction, buying and selling of high-quality documentary projects, programmes and new narrative experiences. Its establishment follows a threefold mission approach to foster the European and international circulation of documentary programmes, encourage international coproduction and the development of projects around networking opportunities, inform and train professionals on key market trends, media economics, technological changes, content creation in the streaming era, and more.

    For 2022, Modern Times Review spoke with its Director of Strategy & Development Mathieu Béjot on the history of La Rochelle, lessons learned from the pandemic editions, a strong focus on Ukrainian productions, and its overarching NewVoices theme.

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    Can you speak a little bit about what makes the town and the infrastructure of La Rochelle conducive to an event like Sunny Side of the Doc?
    You don’t want to be in a nondescript exhibition hall for a market like Sunny Side. The venue is an old wholesale fish market. It’s right by the docks. It’s a building that was . . .

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