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42 pitches selected for Sunny Side of the Doc


- The 32nd edition of the international documentary and narrative experiences market will unspool online 21-24 June, whilst a hybrid edition of the 5th PiXii Festival is on the cards in La Rochelle

42 pitches selected for Sunny Side of the Doc
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A driving force in the field of international co-production, the Sunny Side of the Doc pitching sessions will once again unfold online this year during the 32nd edition of the international documentary and narrative experiences market, which is scheduled for 21 to 24 June.

The 42 selected projects hailing from 18 different countries (including Germany, Belgium, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal and the UK) will be pitched across six thematic sessions and will also form the focus of individual professional meetings. It’s worth noting that 72% of the chosen projects are directed or produced by a woman and, in harmony with its #StorytellingMatters editorial line, the Sunny Side of the Doc team has prioritised stories which shake up our world, shatter our convictions and incite us to seek out solutions for the future. Furthermore, as stressed by the Market’s director of strategy and development Mathieu Béjot, "more geopolitically-focused subjects, with a marked emphasis on Asia, will also be put forward by various international producers, proving that the challenges faced by our societies today extend far beyond national borders." The team’s commitment to showcasing new outlooks goes hand in hand with its support for greater diversity and inclusion on screen, but also within the wider industry, as exemplified by the creation of the New Voices award in partnership with Netflix.

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The 5th edition of PiXii (the International Festival of Digital Cultures), meanwhile, will unfold in hybrid form: the networking event for professionals from creative and cultural industries active in the field of XR will take place online (revolving around a selection of seven films and a series of podcasts/vodcasts which will be accessible via a video library, available from 7 to 30 June), while nine immersive experiences are set to be showcased in La Rochelle, in person, between 19 and 24 June.

Sunny Side of the Doc 2021’s digital platform is scheduled to go live on 7 June so as to allow accredited professionals to organise meetings in anticipation of the international market and the PiXii Festival.

The 2021 Selection is as follows:

Global Issues Pitch

Frankenstein 2.0 - Ego Media (Latvia)
Asia Pacific, The New Powder Keg - Bonne Pioche (France)
The Click Trap - Polar Star Films (Spain)
Dirty Coffee - Hellflower Films (UK)
Waitergate - ZK Studio (Poland)
Norita - Projector Films (Australia)
Untitled Digital Privacy Project - Rubix Films (UK)
Swinging Fields - Hai Creative (USA), Soilsiú Films (Ireland), Sister Productions (France)
Return to Raqqa - Minimal Films (Spain)
Slave Island - Harald House (Belgium)
The Mine - HitPlay Productions (Canada)
The Red Princess - Hikari (France)

Wildlife & Conservation Pitch

Jungle Fever. The Race to Save Malaysia’s Last Tiger - ClearWing Foundation for Biodiversity (Poland)
Extreme of the Americas - We Are South & Wolfhouse Films (Chile)
Our Forest - Lato Sensu Productions (France)
Animal Nation - Rotating Planet Productions (Canada)
Lynx Man - Wacky Tie Films (Finland)
Wild Empire - Zed (France)

History Pitch

Looking for Merkel - Magneto (France)
Raising Notre-Dame - Zed (France)
A Century of Sex Ed - Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany)
The Ultimate Joker – Vision House Productions (Poland)
Aurora’s Sunrise - Bars Media (Armenia), Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany), Artbox Laisvalaikio Klubas (Lithuania)
The Kingdom of Sacrificed ChildrenNilaya Productions (France)

Science Pitch

The Mysterious World of Insects - Gédéon Programmes (France)
Music’s Superpowers - CPB Films (France)
Big John - Agherose (Italy)
Nefertiti and The Vanished Queens - Mission Films (USA)
Iznik: The Sunken Basilica - Les Batelières Productions (France)
The Gender Project - Big Sky Film Productions Inc. (USA)

Immersive Experiences Pitch

The Deep Med - Les Gens Bien Production, Andromède Océanologie (France)
Nexus - Nexus Vision (Italy), FlipsideXR (Canada), Small Studio (France)
The Metamorphoses of Paris - Cinétévé Expérience, the City of Paris (France)
Noire - Novaya, Providences, Brittany’s National Theatre (France)
Blood Speaks - Floréal Films (France), TJ Boulting, WaterAid, Tate Gallery (UK)
Wiped Out Jeanne - Little Big Story Lab (France)

Arts & Culture Pitch

No Mercy – The Female Gaze - Tondowski Films (Germany)
Sound of Ice - Oslo Pictures (Norway)
Spark - A5 film (Norway)
This is not a Kanga - Wonder Maria Films (Portugal)
Egypt, a Love Song - Underbite (Israel)
Patti Smith, The Invention Of Self - Les Poissons Volants (France)

PiXii Festival: XR Film Selection

Sperm Whales: Dive in Another Consciousness - Miluna Productions & Consulting (France)
All Her Bodies - Elizabeth Leister (USA)
Sculpture Experience - Art of Corner, RMN-GP Union of National Museums (France)
African Space Makers - INVR.Space GmbH (Germany)
PUR – Listen to What Nature Says - Studio, France Inter (France)
Dreamin’ Zone - Zéro de Conduite Productions, Diversion Cinéma (France)
The Hangman at Home - Late Love Production (Denmark), Floréal Films (France)

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(Translated from French)

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