Always on the Sunny Side: Canada Gears Up for SSOD 2021!

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The 32nd edition of Sunny Side of the Doc is back online on June 21 to 24, 2021! This important marketplace for international documentary and narrative experiences facilitates distribution and coproduction opportunities from across the globe. And once again, Canada will take its place at the market with its Virtual Exhibitor Stand!  


Canada’s Virtual Exhibitor Stand will play host to 50 companies and over 60 producers from Canada, including members from our Meet the Docs cohort. The festival’s digital platform is scheduled to go live the week of June 7th to allow accredited professionals to organize meetings for the international market. Want to plan ahead? Take a look at our current list of Canadian representatives! 

The Sunny Side of the Doc’s pitch sessions, a key event for international coproductions in the documentary field, will unfold online during the festival! 2 Canadian projects and 1 coproduction were chosen from 260+ submissions to participate; the projects will be pitched to industry stakeholders for a chance at funding and priceless industry expertise: 

  • Global Issues 1-to-1 Meetings 
    • The Mine - HitPlay Productions (Canada) 
  • Wildlife & Conservation Pitch 
    • Animal Nation - Rotating Planet Productions (Canada) 
  • Immersive Experiences Pitch 
    • Nexus - Nexus Vision (Italy), FlipsideXR (Canada), Small Studio (France) 

Meanwhile, the 5th edition of the PiXii Festival, which spotlights digital installations, XR, and immersive experiences alongside Sunny Side of the Doc, will debut in a hybrid online and in-person format. 10 immersive experiences will be showcased in-person at several cultural and heritage sites in La Rochelle, France from June 19 to 24, 2021. For those who can’t be there in person, an official selection of 6 XR films (360, 3 DoF and 6 DoF) as well as a podcast/vodcast series will be available from June 7 to 30, 2021 via a dedicated video library. 

Canada’s presence at Sunny Side of the Doc is made possible by Telefilm Canada, with our Major Partners Creative BC  and Ontario Creates with contr ibutors L’Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada (APFC), the Canada Media Fund (CMF), and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC). 

Stay tuned for updates as Canada gets ready for 2021’s Sunny Side of the Doc! 

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