The 5th edition of Asian Side of the Doc, the 4-day factual market bringing together broadcasters, producers and financiers from Asia and the rest of the world to coproduce documentary and specialist factual, held in Chengdu this year, is now sold out. 632 delegates have already registered, including 130 decision makers.
This year, there’ll be many more delegates coming from Asia, Europe, Australia, and some from North America: 65 producers and distributors from France, 35 from Australia, the same from Korea and Japan, 20 from Germany and Austria.
“This year’s Asian Side of the Doc, bringing together producers, buyers, commissioners, and the new players on the Asian and world documentary scene, has become a true market for documentary programming. What’s new this year is that as well as the project pitching and debates from previous years, we’ve added a true marketplace with the support of the China Documentary Film Commission and Chengdu Culture Promotion Association, for documentaries from East and West to be bought and sold. I’m confident that we can make a real difference to the Asian documentary scene and help producers and broadcasters reach new audiences,” said Yves Jeanneau, CEO of Sunny Side markets, which organises Asian Side of the Doc.
Gold Partner, CCTV 9, will be well-represented at Chengdu with 25 delegates. The 2014 Asian Side of the Doc delegates list, schedule and registered projects/programmes listings are available online at www.asiansideofthedoc.com.
Asian Side of the Doc provides networking, discussion, pitching and development opportunities. Five pitching sessions across the week will see producers and directors from Asia and Europe pitch their projects in development to the invited decision makers in the audience, guided by expert moderators. On Friday evening, awards will be given to the presentations which most impressed the international jury in each following category: Best International Project, Best Chinese Project and Best Asian Project. Asian Side’s conference programme — more than 20 sessions in all — highlights collaboration between broadcasters and producers within Asia and beyond, and features leading industry players. Execs from International Channels like NHK, Arte, BBC, KBS, PTS and Discovery and leading producers will share insights, and the main CCTV doc channel, CCTV9 will host an in-depth presentation.