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Sunny Side of the Doc: the winners and the stats


- At this record edition, at the end of four days of intensive work for documentary pros, the winners of the pitched projects were announced

Sunny Side of the Doc: the winners and the stats
The winners and organisers of the Sunny Side of the Doc (© Sunny Side of the Doc)

The 28th edition of the big international market for linear and interactive documentaries, Sunny Side of the Doc, came to a close yesterday (Thursday 22 June) in La Rochelle. It was an edition characterised by the theme of History, where factual programme professionals were treated to some highly enriching conferences on the future of the profession and obtaining and using archive material, and could learn how to use new digital tools thanks to Sunny Lab and PiXii (Paths of Interaction, eXperiences in Immersion & Innovation). The event concluded with the announcement of the 13 winners from among the 50 projects pitched (in seven thematic sessions held over four days of intensive work).

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It was a Spanish project, of a historical nature quite fittingly – The Rise and Fall of Bhutto (presented by Bew Corp) –, on the fate of former Pakistani Head of State Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, that stood out the most, bagging no fewer than four prizes: the Prize for Best Historical Project, the Group AB Prize, the AP Archive Prize, and the Cezame Music Award.

"We’re beating all our previous records", general coordinator Josée Brossard told us. Indeed, from 19 to 22 June, the Espace Encan in La Rochelle ushered in over 2100 accredited professionals from 60 countries, including 350 international buyers and over 500 companies exhibiting on 113 stands. The next edition of Sunny Side of the Doc will take place from 25 to 28 June 2018.

The winners: 

Best History Project
The Rise and Fall of Bhutto (Bew Corp, Spain)

Best Science Project
The Hole (Windfall Films, United Kingdom)

Best Digital Creation Project
Invisible, Mortaza’s Odyssey (Small Bang, France)

Best Asian Project
China’s Forgotten Daughters (Han Meng, China)

Best Natural History and Wildlife Project
Rewilding (Bonne Pioche Télévision, France)

Best Arts, Culture & Heritage Project
War of Art (Story House Productions GmbH, Germany/Norvway)

Best Social and Human Interests Project
The Daughter Tree (Trinetra Productions, Canada)

“High Transmission” History Prize
The Captain’s Heart (House of Real, Denmark)

Archive Valley Consultation Award
Josephine Baker, An American In Paris (Kepler22 Productions, France)

AB Group Award
The Rise and Fall of Bhutto

AP Archive Award
The Rise and Fall of Bhutto

Cezame Music Award
The Rise and Fall of Bhutto

Abortion: The Pro-Life Threat (Capa Presse, France)

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(Translated from French)

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