“Historic” — or history revamped — is the main theme of this year’s marketplace at the 2017 Sunny Side of the Doc in France.
From debate on the challenges of storytelling, production and distribution of historical content, the market is looking to put into perspective what history can teach people about current international global affairs.
“During this time of elections, ideas, recollections, and stories have consequently resurfaced, along with the strong feeling that we must draw lessons from history. This simply highlights the importance of documentary film in our global political life,” said Yves Jeanneau, CEO of Sunny Side market, in a statement.
This year, Sunny Side will host twice as many history project pitches, with six during public sessions and six during individual meetings with buyers. International distributors will also be showcasing new history programs from around the world, a master class on the archival work for Ron Howard’s documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years and a panel on the theme “Revamping History in the Age of Disruption.”
The market also includes seven pitching sessions and targeted matchmaking — bringing concepts for documentary films, series, short formats, VR and interactive media to the global non-fiction market.
The international market dedicated to documentary takes place June 19-22 at the Espace Encan in La Rochelle and brings together everyone from producers and distributors to digital players. Sunny Side has designed a special program of themed events for professionals called “Digital Culture Kick-Starters.” The aim is to bring together content producers, designers of innovative technological devices and representatives from cultural sectors.
Technological innovation like VR and AR will be part of the new program of conferences. Sunny Side will also launch PiXii, a new event showcasing new functions for digital technology.
With the goal of fostering new factual content development between Chinese and international producers and broadcasters, a “Feeling China” pavilion has been set up for the first time at Sunny Side, bringing together Chinese TV and media reps under one roof.