La Rochelle, France is once again a central meeting point for the global documentary community as Sunny Side of the Doc kicks off, running from June 22-25.
Prior to the official opening of the conference, a day dedicated to education in multimedia has been offered up to interested delegates and filmmakers at large. The free sessions, being held today and sponsored by NHK and NFB, cover multimedia training as well as the ins and outs of creating cross-platform content.
Transmedia and new technologies will be chief among the topics discussed during the conference this year, with a 3D session, ‘The Future is in 3D,’ slated for tomorrow afternoon. Moderated by France Télévisions’ Fabrice Puchault, panelists include MICO’s Masaru Ikeo, the NFB’s Tom Perlmutter, Dangerous Films co-founder Richard Dale and National Geographic Channels International’s Janet Han Vissering.
The crowd-funding phenomenon will also be examined tomorrow, through a discussion featuring Ben Tsiang, head of production for Hong Kong-headquartered NGO CNEX, as well as Link TV’s Kim Spencer and film distribution consultant Peter Broderick, among others.
Also under the microscope during the conference sessions will be factual television (in a Thursday session titled ‘Odysseys of the Documentary Type’), the art doc (in Wednesday’s ‘Draw a Sheep For Me’ session) and the investigative documentary (Friday morning’s look at ‘The Investigation Revival’).
Returning to Sunny Side this year are the Best International Pitching Showcases, or the BIPS, in which projects from around the world in myriad genres (history; science, nature and environment; art and culture and society and politics) are presented to international commissioning editors for evaluation. This year also sees the introduction of cross-media and ‘projects by the under-30s’ to the BIPS.
Public screenings this year focus on what Sunny Side is calling ‘rebel’ films – projects that are rebellious in subject or in the methods in which they were produced or funded. Sixteen films will be screened at the Médiathèque Michel Crépeau in La Rochelle in addition to four films being previewed at the CGR Dragon cinema, two of which are special 3D screenings.
For more information about this year’s program, visit www.sunnysideofthedoc.com.