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SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC 2021

The winning pitches of Sunny Side of the Doc 2021

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- Organised online, the 32nd international documentary and narrative experiences market shed a light on current trends with its winning pitches and an event attended by 1,500 professionals

The winning pitches of Sunny Side of the Doc 2021
Director Peter Porta, whose project The Click Trap is one of the winners

Positive results for the 32nd Sunny Side of the Doc, the international documentary and narrative experiences market, which has recorded online from 21 to 24 June the participation of 1,500 professionals from 58 countries (including 380 decision-makers) and 891 companies. Worth pointing out among the winners of these six thematic pitching sessions, which brought together 42 projects hailing from 18 countries and seeking financing, is the victory in the Global Issues category of The Click Trap, to be directed by Peter Porta and produced by Spanish company Polar Star Films. the film will reveal the dark side of Google advertising. Indeed, the technology giant does not monitor the veracity of these ads (which generate most of its income), opening the way for scammers to exploit unsuspecting users looking for information relevant to their lives (financial advice, drug rehabilitation, even fishing licenses). Victims are powerless, as there are no laws that the authorities can apply…

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Among the topics debated at Sunny Side of the Doc, Maria Silvia Gatta (European Commission representative), in line with the new call for projects from Creative Europe, presented the 2021-2027 programme, which is organised around three axes (content, business and audiences) and urging documentary professionals to become more digital, more eco-friendly, more collaborative and more inclusive: "the objective is to create, in terms of commercial and industrial potential, a common audiovisual ecosystem without losing sight of the need to maintain cultural diversity". Meanwhile, the SCAM, the SPI and the USPA shared the perspective of authors and producers regarding the risks that the world of creative documentary is facing.

The challenges of inclusion in particular were at the heart of the conversations because, as summed up by Anna Serner (Swedish Film Institute): "the bigger the budget, the fewer women are involved." On this point, it is worth noting that the new award New Voices (handed out by Netflix) went to the Polish project Girls’ Stories, which relates two young girls’ transition to adolescence through a narration that is simultaneously creative, offbeat, innovative and poetic.

Having taken place from 19 to 24 June, both physically at La Rochelle and online, the 5th edition of PiXii (the International Festival of Digital Cultures), recorded meanwhile nearly 20,000 vues for the XR films in its official selection, and presented in five heritage locations of the city 10 experiences mixing virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D audio.

The list of winners:

Best Global Issues Pitch
The Click Trap - Peter Porta
Production: Polar Star Films (Spain)

Best Arts & Culture Pitch
This Is Not a Kanga - João Nuno Pinto and Fernanda Polacow
Production: Wonder Maria Films (Portugal) 

Best Immersive Experiences Pitch
Noire - Stéphane Foenkinos and Pierre-Alain Giraud
Production: Novaya (France)

Best Wildlife & Conservation Pitch
The Tiger Spirit - The Race to Save Malaysia’s Last Tigers - Paolo Volponi
Production: Clearwing Foundation For Biodiversity (Poland)

Best Science Pitch
Music’s Superpowers - Jacques Mitsch
Production: CPB Films (France)

Best History Pitch
The Ultimate Joker - Krzysztof Dzieciolowski
Production: Vision House Productions (Poland)

Special Awards

Grand Prix PiXii
Lady Sapiens, The Experience - Camille Duvelleroy (author)
Production: Little Big Story (France)
Co-production: Ubisoft, France Télévisions (France)

New Voices Award
Girls’ Stories - Aga Borzym
Production : Pinot Films (Poland)

Ushuaia Impact Award
Sound of Ice - Tommy Gulliksen
Production : Oslo Pictures (Norway)

East Doc Market Award
No Mercy - The Female Gaze - Isa Willinger
Production: Tondowski Films (Germany)

Meeting Point Vilnius Award
The Ultimate Joker - Krzysztof Dzieciolowski
Production: Vision House Productions (Poland)

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(Translated from French)

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