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Wild On Screen at Sunnyside of the Doc

24 March 2017 | Wildscreen | Festival

Sunny Side of the Doc and Wildscreen Festival partner to build co-production opportunities for natural history programmes


Thursday 22 June at Sunny Side of the Doc, the international marketplace for factual content, will host WILD ON SCREEN - a day-long strand of content dedicated to the natural history factual genre. Co-curated by Wildscreen, the world’s leading wildlife film and TV festival, the day will feature exclusive sessions, pitching opportunities and networking events, bringing together an international community of producers and commissioners.

The collaboration will strengthen and nurture international opportunities for the natural history storytelling community across platforms and audiences.

Lucie Muir, Wildscreen CEO said, “We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Sunny Side as it offers a fantastic platform for Wildscreen and our ever-increasing global community of wildlife filmmakers to meet, learn and collaborate, ensuring more stories about the natural world get told and seen by ever-growing international audiences.”

Irem Couchouron, Head of International Development for Sunny Side markets also commented: "We are confident that joining forces with Wildscreen Festival will open up further coproduction opportunities for our respective wildlife and natural history producers and contribute to better circulation of content to new markets globally.”

And the collaboration will continue at the next Wildscreen Festival to be held in October 2018 in Bristol, UK, where the Sunny Side of the Doc team will provide Wildscreen delegates with a unique chance to explore opportunities in the Asian market. With nearly 900 professionals from 40 countries in attendance, the Wildscreen Festival is the foremost event for the international wildlife documentary market.


Special registration benefits and discounts for the upcoming Sunny Side of the Doc are now available through the partnership for Wildscreen Festival delegates.


Wildscreen is also encouraging its community of wildlife producers, directors, and digital creatives to submit their projects to Sunny Side of the Doc’s highly coveted natural history and wildlife pitching session. Selected producers will get to pitch their projects in front of leading international buyers on Thursday 22 June as part of the session which is co-organised with Wildscreen Festival. The deadline for project submissions is 21 April 2017.

For more details see: http://www.sunnysideofthedoc.com/sunnyside/projects-programmes/call-for-projects/

The best pitched project will receive a free accreditation to the Wildscreen Festival in 2018.


To learn more about Sunny Side of the Doc and/or submitting a project, join the Sunny Side team in Bristol on April 19th for an information session hosted at Wildscreen’s offices (4th Floor, 36 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4DZ).

To attend, please contact Molly Gibney at hello@wildscreen.org

About Sunny Side of the Doc

Sunny Side of the Doc is the international marketplace dedicated to linear and interactive documentary & specialist factual content, that brings together each year broadcasters, distributors, decision makers, filmmakers and producers from around the world to sell or buy projects and programs, and to find partners. The 4-day event creates unique opportunities for all 2,000 professionals from 60 countries, to follow the latest industry trends, make new connections, gain insights on the most recent factual initiatives through a variety of high-level pitching sessions, panel discussions and the added value of an exhibition space.

The 28th edition of Sunny Side of the Doc will be held in La Rochelle from June 19-22, 2017. More information on http://www.sunnysideofthedoc.com/sunnyside/

About Wildscreen Festival

The Wildscreen Festival is the world’s biggest celebration of screen-based natural history storytelling, taking place every two years in Bristol, the UK city known internationally as Green Hollywood because of the quantity, range and quality of the nature films and TV it produces. The next Festival will take place in October 2018 and is a not-for-profit initiative by the UK-based charity Wildscreen. For more information visit: www.wildscreen.org/festival


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