Sunny Side unveils BIPS line-up

French conference Sunny Side of the Doc has named the projects taking part in this year's Best International Projects Showcase, including films from Mona Lisa Productions, Gebrueder Beetz and Les films d'ici.
May 29, 2013

French conference Sunny Side of the Doc has named the projects taking part in this year’s Best International Projects Showcase, including films from Mona Lisa Productions, Gebrueder Beetz and Les films d’ici.

The Showcase allows international projects in development with 50% of the financing already secured to compete in four categories – science and nature, history, investigation, and arts and culture – to take home a  €2,000 (US$2,600) prize.

The projects falling into the science and nature category include Mona Lisa Productions’ Lengguru the Lost World; Grifa Filmes’ New Species; DocDays’ The Bloody Truth, How colonialism created the AIDS pandemic; Georama TV Productions’ Deadly Depths; CICC’s Inside the Dragon; and Big Bonsai’s Beyond Boundaries.

The history projects include Go2films’ Hanna Arendt; Mille et une films’ How We Built the Moscow Metro; Gebrueder Beetz Hamburg Filmproduktion’s Viking Women; Program 33′s Women at War; Artline Films’ The Rise of Gulf, Beyond Black Gold; CCTV 10′s Oriental Memory, the Chinese Schindler; and MC4′s D Day, the Submarine Odyssey.

Investigative docs include Les films d’ici’s A Taste for Africa; Flach Film’s Depression; Primitive Films’ Hadijatou j’accuse; Yami 2′s Our friend, the Qatar Emir; A & O Buero Filmproduktion’s Gambling on Extinction; and Oriental Companion Media’s Mr. Democracy Comes to Village.

In the fourth showcase, focusing on arts and culture documentaries, the chosen projects are Silex Films’ The Adventurers of Modern Art; Les Films du Grain de Sable’s The Contemporary Art of the New Empire; Telfrance’s Sacred Spaces; Pickle Jar’s Like Ants for Sugar; KBS’s Color, 4 Desires; and Magneto Presse’s Chaplin.

Confirmed attendees at this press time include 260 international commissioning editors and buyers, and 1,121 participants, including representatives from CCTV, TV Tokyo, KBS, ZED, AP Archive and Doha Film Institute.

Sunny Side of the Doc runs from June 25-28 in La Rochelle.

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