Sunny Side of the Doc ’18 unveils theme of “Culture in Motion”

Sunny Side of the Doc, the international market for documentary film and factual content, has unveiled a theme of “Culture in Motion” for its annual festival edition. “This year’s emphasis on ...
May 3, 2018

Sunny Side of the Doc, the international market for documentary film and factual content, has unveiled a theme of “Culture in Motion” for its annual festival edition.

“This year’s emphasis on ‘Culture in Motion’ reflects and reveals the public’s thirst for having access to meaningful artistic, cultural and heritage experiences via high-added value content,” explained Sunny Side of the Doc CEO Yves Jeanneau in a statement.

Anchoring the arts, culture and heritage line-up for 2018 is a panel titled “Culture and Heritage: audacity, innovation and opportunity”, which  looks at how the concerns of the digital revolution of the doc world also concern various cultural institutions. From museums to concert venues, they all look to produce, co-produce or invent new documentary forms that are increasingly immersive.

Also featured are two pitch sessions dedicated to the themes of arts and culture / culture and digital creation. The first session will feature original linear projects pitched with the aim of being distributed internationally, while the second session showcases projects and devices that are developing innovative digital tools that “create new interactions with the public.”

During the La Rochelle, France-set conference, international heads of programming specializing in arts & culture programs – from channels NRK, AVROTROS, SVT, France 5, Histoire and Museum – will present the strategies and projects they’re looking to produce in the “Meet the Executives Culture” special.

“Master’s Vision” Master Class, meanwhile, will serve as a case study of art-focused virtual reality series developed and produced by Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, in co-production with Navigator Film (Austria), Camera Lucida Productions (France), Øya Interaktiv (Norway) and ARTE/ZDF, ARTE France and ORF.

Elsewhere, both the Documentary Group and Science & Knowledge Group from Eurovision (EBU) will gather together almost 60 programming managers from European public channels to promote top projects with international potential and discuss new ways to support European documentaries against global digital players like Amazon and Netflix.

With the rise of YouTube and new platforms, Sunny Side will also bring together several players from these emerging spaces for a roundtable discussion about the documentary genre, as well as television producers and channels who currently collaborate with web talent.

Elsewhere, the “New Platforms, New Broadcasters” discussion will provide the opportunity to exchange with a group of digital natives and outline potential collaborations and copros between these new broadcasters and documentary producers.

And through PiXii (Paths of Interaction, eXperiences in Immersion & Innovation), there will also be various synchronized presentations featuring a selection of films using 360-degree video and virtual reality that will be shown in the VRthèques.

The festival runs June 25 to 28 at Espace Encan in La Rochelle, France and will host more than 2,000 industry professionals representing 60 different nationalities, including 350 decision makers and over 500 exhibiting companies.

The program for Sunny Side of the Doc 2018 will be available online in the weeks to come.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.