Sarajevo Film Festival 2024

Sunny Side of the Doc 2024: the complete winners

From June 24-27, Sunny Side of the Doc welcomed over 2100 participants from 68 countries, including representatives from major broadcasters, streaming platforms, and cultural institutions. This year’s theme, «Mapping the Future,» underscored the event’s commitment to supporting international co-productions and exploring new distribution opportunities for immersive and XR content.

The event featured a robust program of conferences, including keynotes from PBS, XR artists, and First Nations Australian voices. It also marked the first showcase of Nigerian documentaries and included industry talks on AI, archives, podcasts, new narratives, and women in documentary. French channels and groups like France Télévisions, Arte, Canal+, TF1, M6, and Altice Media presented their latest lineups.

The highlight of the event was the announcement of winners from the seven pitch sessions, reflecting the diversity and boldness of contemporary documentary filmmaking. This year saw five women directors honored, with winners from Australia, Iran, France, Ireland, Canada, Malaysia, Kenya, Germany, and the United States.

Award Winners

Pitch Session Winners

Best Science Pitch (Sponsored by PBS Distribution)
The Brain Garden
Produced by: Storyland PTY LTD. (Australia)
Directed by: Randall Wood

 

Best New Voices Pitch (Sponsored by Al Jazeera & AJB DOC Film Festival)
Dream of the Wild Oaks
Produced by: Seven Spring Pictures (Iran)
Directed by: Marjan Khosravi

 

Best Global Issues Pitch (Sponsored by RTBF)
Inside Gaza
Produced by: Factstory, AFP – Agence France Presse (France)
Directed by: Hélène Lam Trong
Special Jury Mention: Silence of the Lams
Produced by: EZ Films (Ireland)
Directed by: Ciaran Deeney

 

Best Arts & Culture Pitch (Sponsored by Al Jazeera Documentary Channel & AJB DOC Film Festival)
The Shape of Blue
Produced by: Intuitive Pictures inc. (Canada)
Directed by: Sybilla Patrizia

 

Best Impact Campaigns Pitch
The Myth of Monsters
Produced by: Gather Together (Malaysia)
Directed by: Beatrice Leong

 

Best Nature & Conservation Pitch (Sponsored by Blue Ant Media & Love Nature)
Empalikino
Produced by: Ripple Productions Ltd (Kenya)
Directed by: Eric Mwangi

 

Best History Pitch
Our Sister Angela: Black Power in the GDR
Produced by: Florianfilm GmbH (Germany), Dare Pictures (United States), La Lutta (United States)
Directed by: Jascha Hannover & Katharina Warda
Special Jury Mention: The Curse of Sugar
Produced by: Hauteville Productions (France)
Directed by: Mathilde Damoisel

Special Awards

AIDC Award
Dream of the Wild Oaks
Produced by: Seven Spring Pictures (Iran)
Directed by: Marjan Khosravi

 

A Satellite for Buru Laï
Produced by: Gédéon Programmes (France)
Directed by: Antoine Lechat & Suium Sulaimanova

 

Student Choice Award
Ba’s Book
Produced by: Ina Fichman (Canada)
Directed by: Ashley Duong

 

IMZ Award
Niemeyer 4Ever
Produced by: Special Touch Studios (France)
Directed by: Aurélia Makdessi

 

The Roch Bozino de l’Engagement Award
Tales and Sentences
Produced by: Little Big Story (France)
Directed by: Alexandre Donot-Saby

 

Impact Social Club Award
Every Other Girl
Produced by: Cinatrix Media (Gambia)
Directed by: Abdoulie B. Jarju

 

Best Impact Movie Award
Unwelcomed
Produced by: Amilcar Films (Chile)
Directed by: Sebastian González Méndez & Amilcar Infante

 

A Satellite for Buru Laï
Produced by: Gédéon Programmes (France)
Directed by: Antoine Lechat & Suium Sulaimanova

 

DocEdge Award
Yurlu | Country
Produced by: Illuminates Films (Australia)
Directed by: Yaara Bou Melhem

 

Yurlu | Country
Produced by: Illuminates Films (Australia)
Directed by: Yaara Bou Melhem

 

Al Jazeera Documentary Industry Days Award
Inside Gaza
Produced by: Factstory, AFP – Agence France Presse (France)
Directed by: Hélène Lam Trong

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