February 8, 2018
By Ang Yi An
Attracting 350 industry professionals from 35 different nations, ASIAN SIDE OF THE DOC 2018 proved to be very effective in efforts to reach key players in the Asian-Pacific region. The annual pitching forum and programmes sales market enjoyed an excellent 2:1 producer-to-broadcaster ratio with 90 international decision makers present, that fostered an invaluable networking and deal-making environment for delegates.
This year’s international marketplace event, co-organised with MAXIMAGE Co. Ltd, has provided an exceptional forum for discussion, learning, connection and business development. In addition to the high-quality pitches and hundreds of one-to-one meetings that resulted from the event’s networking opportunities and social activities, a carefully curated program of 30 sessions were scheduled highlighting the coproduction needs of ASEAN broadcasters, the Asian stories that fit Western audiences, a practical guide to interactivity in reality, as well as the consolidation among regional streaming services.
With the support of Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion – Ministry of Commerce (DITP), the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Ministry of Culture, Thai Media Fund and Thailand Film Office as co-funders, Gold Partner Thai PBS and Thailand Docs Group, the association uniting Thai producers of documentary films, Asian Side of the Doc has managed to grow confidence within the Asian TV industry and the booming regional media landscape.
LATEST MARKET NEWS AT ASIAN SIDE OF THE DOC 2018
This year’s edition was marked by the 3rd Group Steering Meeting of all Asian-Pacific broadcasters involved in the production phase of the global transmedia project Generation What? Asia-Pacific in partnership with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), UNESCO, Yami 2. The French production company also seized the opportunity to present its new project Le Weekend, an extraordinary live and interactive TV experience giving to a small group of Millennials the command of a channel programming for a whole weekend in June 2020.
Thailand’s DN Broadcast Co., Ltd., has signed a deal with Chinese production giant China Intercontinental Communication Center (CICC) to air episodes from USilk factual entertainment series. New TV will air hour-long episodes every Saturday and Sunday evening. The show broadcast by 21 channels globally, presents documentaries on topics linked to the Silk Road ancient trade routes.
2018 ASIAN SIDE OF THE DOC AWARDS ANNOUNCED
An international jury decided the awards for the best pitched projects among the 24 original stories coming from the Americas, Europe and Asia presented during daily pitch sessions.
Best INTERNATIONAL Project
Sponsored by Tourism Authority of Thailand
[Invitation for one person to Sunny Side of the Doc 2018 (25-28 June) in La Rochelle including a 4-day delegate pass, a pitch selection, travel and accommodation for 5 nights]
Winner : Small Island Big Song – produced by Undergrowth Productions (Australia).
Best ASIAN Project
Sponsored by West Lake International Documentary Festival