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Asian Side of the Doc to unspool in Tokyo

Some 500 execs sign up for third edition

Tokyo — France’s Sunny Side and Singapore’s Bang Prods. are teaming to present the third Asian Side of the Doc, a conference and co-production market for European and Asian documentary filmmakers skedded to unspool March 19-22 in Tokyo.

The market, a spin-off from the long-running Sunny Side of the Doc mart founded by former docu producer and exec Yves Jeanneau, has already confirmed the presence of nearly 500 participants.

Among the 130 execs hearing pitches from Asian docu makers are reps from Franco-German cultural channel Arte and pubcaster France Televisions. Execs from leading Asian-Pacific broadcasters including China’s giant state broadcaster CCTV, Australian pubcaster ABC, Japan’s pubcaster NHK, commercial web Fuji (Japan), Discovery (Singapore and Japan) and Fox (Japan and Hong Kong) will also attend.

Among the panels skedded are Filming Disasters, The Japanese Market, Co-producing With China and East Meets West co-production case studies.

Participants will be able to take a bullet train trip to Sendai, the largest city in the northern Tohoku region hit hardest by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Many Asian companies are expected to attend the 23rd Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, France, set for June 26-29.

The first Asian Side of the Doc was held in Hong Kong in 2010, the second in Seoul in 2011.

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