Sarajevo Film Festival 2024

Sunny Side of the Doc reveals 2024 Global Pitch selections

Sunny Side of the Doc has announced its latest lineup following a global call for entries last October. The event received over 130 project submissions from 45 countries, indicating a significant international interest, particularly from filmmakers in African and Asia-Pacific nations.

The majority of the selected projects, about two-thirds, are from first or second-time filmmakers. This trend is a result of Sunny Side’s dedicated efforts over several years to attract and develop new voices in the documentary community, especially through the «Docs for the future« initiative.

According to Mathieu Béjot, Director of Strategy and Development at Sunny Side, the theme of Sustainable Development Goals has been pivotal in drawing a diverse range of high-quality submissions. The projects not only address various global issues but also reflect the interconnected nature of these challenges.

The event, scheduled for 6 and 7 February, will feature 12 selected projects pitched to an array of international decision-makers, including representatives from major broadcasters, streaming services, foundations, and other funding bodies. Participants include notable organizations like NRTVE, IDA, S4C, BBC, PBS, TG4, NHK, Arte, German Films, Channel 4, RAI, ZDF, Mediawan, Sky Deutschland, Canal Curta, Little Dot Studios, and France 24.

A jury composed of Jane Mote (The Whickers), Patricia Finneran (The StoryBoard Collective), and Mohammed Saïd Ouma (Documentary Africa Fund) will select the winning project, which will receive a €3,000 cash prize and two free market passes for the 35th edition of Sunny Side of the Doc, to be held from 24-27 June 2024 in La Rochelle.

Find more information on Global Pitch 2024HERE

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