A Spanish doc on Andalusian firefighters entitled Life in Flames (pictured) was awarded the Grand Prix 25th Anniversary Prize for best pitched project at this year’s Sunny Side of the Doc conference.
The La Rochelle event, which ended Thursday (June 26), divides pitching sessions into six categories (including history, arts and culture, interactive factual, and science and nature) and allows 35 producers the chance to pitch their ideas to international commissioners and buyers.
This year’s jury was composed of Hind Saih, a producer with France’s Bellota Films; French director Nino Kirtadze; Junko Ogawa, head of global content marketing for Japan’s NHK; and Martichka Bozhilova, a producer with Bulgaria’s Agitprop.
Life in Flames, from Spanish prodco La Claqueta, picked up the Grand Prix 25th Anniversary prize, which included a €5,000 (US$6,800) cash prize, and was also awarded the K5600 Lighting Award, which comes with two new projector kits.
Best interactive factual project went to Adrift from Italy’s Decima Rosa and the UK’s Freeside Films, while runners-up included Share your grandma from France’s Narrative and Chai Chai Films and Quipu from the UK’s Chaka Studio.
King in a cage from South Korea’s Blue Rhino Pictures was awarded best science and nature project, while League of Exotic Dancers from Canada’s Storyline Entertainment nabbed best arts and culture project. Meanwhile, the best politics and society project went to Plastic China from China’s CNEX Foundation.
The remaining award winners are listed below:
CEZAME MUSIC Awards
Hukou, produced by China’s Star Era Media and France’s Georama TV Productions
Share your grandma, produced by France’s Narrative and Chai Chai Films
The Memory of Nanking, 1937, produced by China’s CCTV10
Children of Dictators, produced by Hungary’s Spot Productions
Crowdfunding Award by MyMajorCompany
Night on Earth, produced by France’s Winds and Galatee films
INA SUP Award
Clockwork Climate, produced by France’s Artline Films
Best Music for a Doc Programme by UCMF
Commodity Traders, produced by France’s Roche Productions