Wrapped up the successful: ASIAN SIDE OF THE DOC 2018

Fostering the value of high standard of Asian documentary filmmaking with international potential!

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Finally we have reached the final moment of THE 8th edition of ASIAN SIDE OF THE DOC last week.

The event played host to Asia’s largest gathering of the documentary and factual professionals across four days, 30 January – 2 February, at the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok.

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We, Documania Co.Ltd, are so proud to be a part of the program as long as all honorable members from Thailand DocsGroup. Our latest project “Romusha of the Death Railway” hit the stage in pitching session 3 and received good critical reviews from jury and decision makers such as Arte, NHK World, and Discovery Networks Asia Pacific.

Documania united with Thai documentary companies in Thailand Pavilion which including TV Burabha, Payai Creation Co.,Ltd, thaidocumentary TV, D.Doc Studio ,Global intercommunication Co.,Ltd, JSL , Wishtrend Thailand and Twentyfifty Productions.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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

Winner : « Small Island Big Song » – produced by Undergrowth Productions (Australia).

 

  • Best ASIAN Project

Winner : « Life With A Robot » – produced by Tokyo Video Center, Inc. (Japan).

 

  •  Best ASEAN Project

Winner : « Duck Academy » – produced by Payai Creation Co. Ltd (Thailand).

 

  •  NBC Universal Archives Award

Winner : « Walking the Road » – produced by Mandarin Film (China).

 

  • The Southeast Asia Audio-Visual Association (“SAAVA”) Award

Winner : « The Perfect Motion » – produced by Aloest Productions (France).

 

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Asian Side of the Doc is an extraordinary opportunity for Thailand documentary filmmakers to show their competency and skills in producing quality international documentaries which can be listed on the ‘front line’ of world-class documentary producers. Nowadays, Thailand’s leading documentary filmmakers are gathering as a one band name ‘Thailand Documentary Group’ which is currently developing into an association. Our goal is aimed true, to develop our capabilities as well as to support and develop our personnel in the field of documentary production in Thailand.

We are a group that enters the world market together, to create economic value for the manufacturing content industry of the nation.

‘Romusha’ hits the pitch At Asian side of the Doc

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The inspiration for documentary projects can come from anywhere. We live in a rapidly changing world, and people are hungry for stories and insights into different people, cultures, subjects, and concepts. From small slice-of-life short form to expansive multi-part series, documentaries can take many forms.

However, to begin your own documentary project, you’ll need to pitch it to others. And it was quite exciting in Asian side of the Doc 2018

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Our latest project “Romusha of the Death Railway” hit the stage in pitching session 3 and received good critical reviews from jury and decision makers such as Arte, NHK World, and Discovery Networks Asia Pacific.

“This will recall that there was another group of people who had built the Death Railway with their lives.”

Nitchanan Kittikhun, a Documania’s producer, made a clear statement on the stage with Suphachai Thongsak, the director of the project. The two veteran documentary filmmakers presented the key concept story with good heart and precious details which made every minute of the pitching counted.

 

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Nitchanan Kittikhun, the Documania’s producer and Suphachai Thongsak, the director

 

We received positive reviews from the jury who is a representative from NHK Japan said “This is a project that we want our people (the Japanese) to see the forgotten history. It’s important to record the story of people who reclaim their identity in cruel WWII event. Still, this project is unique! We haven’t heard the story from these people before”

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During WWII, estimated 300,000 of Romusha or Asian Laborers were forced by Japanese Army to work on Thailand – Burma Railway. Just a few of them had a chance to return home. Most of them disappeared or died somewhere no one exactly knows. No cemetery. No name record. Nothing left to remind that Romusha was once the majority who built the Death Railway and experienced the most painful part of WWII history.

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Chandra Sekaran had grown up in Malaysia with those untold memories from one of the survivors – his own father. He heard it, but never listened to it. After the father died, the son of Romusha realized that this missing piece of wartime might be lost forever. He needed to do something immediately. That was when he decided to walk into the forgotten history.

This is a mission against time. There are just a few of those Romusha still alive somewhere. P. Chandra Sekaran knows that this is the last chance to search for the survivors and record their oral history.

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A total of 38 documentary projects from 7 countries were submitted to the ASD selection Jury, which selected only 10 projects to attend the intensive workshop, of which 7 were created by Thai producers.

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Documania joins the ‘Asian side of the Doc 2018’

At the last Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, our Thai documentary filmmakers had joined the event and received critically acclaimed from international decision makers and buyers with our uniqueness and heart touching documentaries.

Our works have been recognized and we had chances to improve the projects with commenters and buyers who seek a gem of creative works to be present across the world.

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Asian side of the doc is one of the most celebrated documentary Film Market of the world. Aside from the public screenings, the festival caters specifically to the industry with several workshops and forums available. The event also offers the opportunity for filmmakers to meet with commissioning editors, buyers, and new talents. Sunny Side of the Doc hosts an Asian edition in Bangkok, Thailand.

The interest in all things Asian is growing faster than capital markets in the global world. That goes for documentary films as well.

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Documania united with Thai documentary companies in Thailand Pavilion which including TV Burabha, Payai Creation Co.,Ltd, thaidocumentary TV, D.Doc Studio ,Global intercommunication Co.,Ltd, JSL , Wishtrend Thailand and Twentyfifty Productions.

Asian side of the Doc 2018 gathers major international distributors who are purposefully setting out to grow their business in regions like China and South-East Asia. We received the news that National Geographic, Discovery Asia, NHK, CCTV, KBS, ABC Australia, PBS America, these world-renowned international publishers will be attending the program which increases our chance to present factual projects in the one-to-one meeting with the decision makers.

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Our latest project Romusha of the Death Railway from Documania tells a forgotten history of Asian labors who had built the death railway during WWII, is going to be recalled by their descendants. The project has been selected in pitch session 3

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Asian Side of the Doc is an extraordinary opportunity for Thailand documentary filmmakers to show their competency and skills in producing quality international documentaries which can be listed on the ‘front line’ of world-class documentary producers. Nowadays, Thailand’s leading documentary filmmakers are gathering as a one band name ‘Thailand Documentary Group’ which is currently developing into an association. Our goal is aimed true, to develop our capabilities as well as to support and develop our personnel in the field of documentary production in Thailand.

We are a group that enters the world market together, to create economic value for the manufacturing content industry of the nation.

 

Do you have a story to tell? ASD2018 : Student Workshop

Do you have a story to tell? And how we can make it possible?

This year the leading international marketplace for documentary and factual programming in Asia take place in 8th EDITION: 30 JAN. – 02 FEB. 2018, Bangkok.

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Approximately 500 documentary professionals are expected to attend Asian Side of the Doc, for the second consecutive year, with the objective to build the ASEAN regional hub for documentary coproduction and knowledge exchange.

But we didn’t forget about the young generation of content creators.

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The ASD has a special segment for giving the opportunity to all talented students from all across the country to participate in this leading program the ASD special workshop.

The objective is to give participants an opportunity to try different storytelling techniques and style discussed in class.

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The Seminars and workshops on topics ranging from grant writing to production, pitching and gathering all information from real sources by exchanging with veteran documentary filmmakers from Thailand Documentary group.

The documentary filmmaking workshop combines in-class instruction with hands-on experience in non-fiction storytelling. Students will learn to cultivate ideas, shooting techniques, sound recording and design, and digital editing skills. They also will gain an understanding of the roles directors, producers, cinematographers, sound mixers, and editors play in film production. Working in teams, students will produce a short observational film.

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The main subject of this year is Wat Arun วัดอรุณราชวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร The famous Wat Arun perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn is one of the best-known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok. Students can observe&create story around this area open widely without any restriction. Every issue can be presented in the documentary that urges the people to perceive Wat Arun more clearly in truthfully perspective.

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Furthermore, all students who participate in class would receive the opportunity to observe the ASD marketplace and absorb the atmospheric feeling of the international market that may increase the eagerness to join documentary filming career path in near future.

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Asian side of the Doc : Press Conferences

Asian side of the Doc will return for its 8th from 30 January to 2 February 2018. We, Documania Co.Ltd, are so proud to be a part of the program as long as all honorable members from Thailand DocsGroup.

The Press conference was officially announced about critical advantages for all media publishers, stakeholders, individual filmmakers and decision makers in Thailand that can be received beneficial supports from the prestigious program. Asian side of the Doc 2018 will also gather major international distributors who are purposefully setting out to grow their business in regions like China and South-East Asia. We received the news that National Geographic, Discovery Asia, NHK, CCTV, KBS, ABC Australia, PBS America, these world-renowned international publishers will be attending the program which increases our chance to present factual projects in the one-to-one meeting with the decision makers.

The emerging of opportunities for Thai content makers: ASD2018

2018 is getting more interested for all Thai documentary filmmakers. We celebrate the best of factual programming in Asia that will provide unique business and networking opportunities for documentary filmmaker around Asia.

 

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Asian side of the Doc will return for its 8th from 30 January to 2 February 2018. We, Documania Co.Ltd, are so proud to be a part of the program as long as all honorable members from Thailand DocsGroup.

The Press conference was officially announced about critical advantages for all media publishers, stakeholders, individual filmmakers and decision makers in Thailand that can be received beneficial supports from the prestigious program. Asian side of the Doc 2018 will also gather major international distributors who are purposefully setting out to grow their business in regions like China and South-East Asia. We received the news that National Geographic, Discovery Asia, NHK, CCTV, KBS, ABC Australia, PBS America, these world-renowned international publishers will be attending the program which increases our chance to present factual projects in the one-to-one meeting with the decision makers.

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The beacon of light for new contents & talents

This year, Asian Side’s pitching sessions will see 24 documentary and factual projects (including a  Documania project’s ‘Romusha of the Death Railway’) with teams from across the world, pitch to 80+ local and international decision-makers, providing participants and observers with crucial insights into the kinds of projects being sought and how they are commissioned. In addition to the main awards for the Best International, Best Asiab, and Best ASEAN projects, the NBCUniversal Achieves Award to the value of US$3000 worth licensing of archival content from NBCUniversal Achieves will also reward one of the live pitched projects.

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“The range and quality of this year’s pitch selection is outstanding with documentary projects coming from Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, China … and also from Canada, Australia, Germany, Finland, and France,” said Asian Side of the Doc CEO, Yves Jeanneau.

Asian Side of the Doc has chosen Bangkok, Thailand, as a rendezvous place to hold the international meeting by determining the competency of our creativity and production value that most outstanding from this region as a Hub of talent people with passion and unique perspectives of storytelling.

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 Chanin Chamachote, CEO of Documania and the leader of Thailand DocsGroup said

“Asian Side of the Doc is an extraordinary opportunity for Thailand documentary filmmakers to show their competency and skills in producing quality international documentaries which can be listed on the ‘front line’ of world-class documentary producers. Nowadays, Thailand’s leading documentary filmmakers are gathering as a one band name ‘Thailand Documentary Group’ which is currently developing into an association. Our goal is aimed true, to develop our capabilities as well as to support and develop our personnel in the field of documentary production in Thailand.

We are a group that enters the world market together, to create economic value for the manufacturing content industry of the nation.”

 

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Chanin Chamachote, CEO of Documania and the leader of Thailand DocsGroup

 

After the press event, Thailand DocsGroup members were gathering together for a short discussion

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Thailand officially hosts Asian Side of the Doc 2018 (ASD18) in Bangkok!

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Friday, 22 September 2017, Thailand has proved its readiness to be a hub for Asian documentary filmmaking and our Thailand based filmmakers have undoubtedly competencies to reach the global audiences in the worldwide market.

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We proud to announce that Thailand will host the leading marketplace for documentary programming, Asian Side of the Doc in Bangkok, from January 30 to February 2, 2018

Asian Side of the Doc puts the spotlight on the dynamic Asian factual programs sector now running in both directions, Asia to Asia, and Asia to the rest of the world. The Asian documentary marketplace includes 4 days of networking, pitching sessions, one-to-one meetings, conferences, social events and the added benefit of a sales market with opportunities for delegates to create new partnerships and get access to key decision-makers from across Asia and beyond.

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The Event will take place, from January 30 to February 2, 2018, at the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, Bangkok. Over 4 days, more than 500 delegates, including producers, directors, distributors, key decision makers, investors, and consultant from 40 countries will meet at ASD18 for sales, networking, pitching sessions with prizes, conferences, and the added value of tailored one-to-one meeting with key buyers from Asia and beyond.

 

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Yves Jeanneau, CEO of Sunny Side of the Doc and Asian Side of the Doc.

 

Today, we have had a featured part of a pre-event activity where documentary producers and directors gained insight on how to develop documentary projects in WORKSHOP & MASTERCLASS from our professional producers and directors in the worldwide documentary industry.

  • Yves Jeanneau, CEO of Sunny Side of the Doc and Asian Side of the Doc.
  • Esther van Messel, Producer, and CEO of First Hand Films (Switzerland/Germany).
  • Christian Popp, Independent producer and co-founder of YUZU productions.
  • Pailin Wedel, Independent filmmaker.

The Masterclass is about how to build bridges between producers, increase networks and create new opportunities of coproduction.

A total of 38 documentary projects from 7 countries were submitted to the ASD selection Jury, which selected only 10 projects to attend the intensive workshop, of which 7 were created by Thai producers.

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As a result, the committees chose 2 projects in each category to win the major prices in pitching session.

  • “Song of the Homeland” by Preecha Srisuwan from Inside Doc Thailand won Jury’s selection price.
  • “Ducks Academy” by Yupa Rattanajan from Payai Creation Co., Ltd won Best Pitch Project.

These 2 projects will join Asian Side of the Doc 2018 in the next year.

 

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“Song of the Homeland” by Preecha Srisuwan from Inside Doc Thailand won Jury’s selection price.

 

 

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“Ducks Academy” by Yupa Rattanajan from Payai Creation Co., Ltd won Best Pitch Project.

 

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With the high potential of Thailand as a destination for documentary market and collaboration between Thai team in term of public and private sectors. Thailand is poised to become the global capital of documentary production with good shooting locations and a wonderful culture. Moreover, with a strong support of Thai government under Thailand 4.0 policy is focusing on documentary films that have a high growth potential in the international market.

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(Left) Suttipong Thamawut from TV Burabha (Center) Yves Jeanneau, CEO of Sunny Side of the Doc and Asian Side of the Doc (Right) Chanin Chamachote, CEO of Documania Co.,Ltd and President of Thailand Documentary Filmakers Association (TDFA)
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Chanin Chamachote, CEO of Documania Co.,Ltd and President of Thailand Documentary Filmakers Association (TDFA) gives an interview to the press.

We believe documentaries can encourage people to critical thinking about the world around themselves by represent facts and eliminate myths that cloud people mind.