Sunny Side of the Doc… 20 Years!

Of course it needs to be celebrated, the 20 years of Sunny Side of the Doc, now in la Rochelle for a couple of years, before in Marseilles with a prologue in Lyon. Lots of memories for someone like me who were at almost all of the markets when in wonderful Marseilles (and to the prologue in Lyon, I still have the impressive catalogue from there) but not yet in la Rochelle. It is a place to go and meet old and new friends, and to launch your new film projects or give an update on the one, you presented the year before. Veeery French, some people say, maybe and so what…

Focus this year is of course on presenting new potential financiers from networks and platforms, introducing cross media, and making people aware of the educational market. In other words, it is not only about meetings and hearing about the classical tv broadcasters.

But don’t forget, if you go there, to go and watch some of the masterpieces that Sunny Side presents to celebrate the documentary genre: 12 of 38 ”emblematic films from the last 20 years” will be presented on a big screen, three of them by Nicolas Philibert, La Ville Louvre, La Moindre des Choses and Retour en Normandie (all reviewed or mentioned on this site).

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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