Sunny Side ’15: Winds, Cloudstone team for “Ways to School”

French producer Winds and Lixin Fan's Cloudstone Productions are joining forces to produce the doc Ways to School, one of a handful of European-Chinese copro deals announced during this year's Sunny Side of the Doc.
June 26, 2015

A handful of Chinese companies firmed up international coproduction agreements with European production partners during this year’s Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, France.

French producer Winds inked a deal with China’s Cloudstone Productions and filmmaker Lixin Fan to produce Ways to School, about the eventful journeys some Chinese children must take to go to school. The project is based on the 2013 Winds project On The Way to School, which aired in France in 26 x 26-minute and three x 52-minute versions.

Paris-based TV Only signed a copro deal with Chengdu Radio & Television for A Chef on Tour (six x 26 minutes), about a French chef who takes a culinary tour of China; and GĂ©orama TV and Heilongjiang TV are teaming up on Flood: Challenging Our Future, along with 25 other international partners.

Spain’s Crop TV and China’s LIC signed a deal to produce Family Matters and France’s Kafard Films and Beijing Flame Culture & Media will coproduce the 3D-feature on calligraphy, Battle of Brushes.

Many of the talks for these deals began at previous editions of Sunny Side or at sister event Asian Side of the Doc in March, according to event organizers.

Other deals announced during this year’s Sunny Side include a two-way distribution pact between French producer-distributor Zed and CITVC, the distribution arm of Chinese broadcaster CCTV, that sees the latter acquire Chinese broadcast rights to more than 20 hours of programming.

On Tuesday (June 23), the public service organization Illinois Public Media launched a research and development fund worth US$750,000 that will back primarily science projects with national or international coproduction agreements. The fund will disperse 30 grants over the next 30 months.

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