The fifth edition of the Asian Side of the Doc conference and market has officially hit capacity, according to organizers.
Kicking off next Tuesday in Chengdu, China, the conference, presented by the team behind the long-running Sunny Side of the Doc conference in France, will boast 632 delegates from around the world, including 130 decision makers and international commissioners.
Organizers say this year’s market will have 43 countries represented through its delegates, with 70% coming from Asia and 30% from Europe and the rest of the world. There will also be more than 120 exhibiting companies on hand.
The event, running from March 18-21, will feature panel discussions ranging from the evolving coproduction landscape in Asia and new trends in science and natural history programming, to producing in 4K for giant screen films. There will also be five pitching sessions in which producers from Asia and Europe will present new projects for a wide range of commissioners. Executives from NHK, ARTE, the BBC, KBS and Discovery are slated to take part in the conference program.
“What’s new this year is that as well as the project pitching and debates from previous years, we’ve added a true marketplace for documentaries from East and West to be bought and sold with the support of the China Documentary Film Commission and Chengdu Culture Promotion Association,” said Yves Jeanneau, CEO of Sunny Side Markets, in a statement. “I’m confident that we can make a real difference to the Asian documentary scene and help producers and broadcasters reach new audiences.”