The FACTory

Enter The FACTory

Do you have a documentary or factual screen project in development, production or post-production, but need to pick up funding support, pre-sales or expert advice in order to reach completion? Time to enter The FACTory International Pitching Forum.

Presented by Film Victoria, The FACTory is AIDC’s one-day public pitching forum for nonfiction screen content, happening on Tuesday 6 March during AIDC 2018 in Federation Square’s Deakin Edge auditorium.

The FACTory provides an exciting opportunity for producers to pitch their projects directly to top-level international decision makers in a live event setting. Get immediate feedback on your project and potentially secure funding, pre-sales and development deals!

Previous projects pitched at The FACTory include Richard Lowenstein's Michael Hutchence documentary Mystify, Annie Goldson's Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web,and the upcoming Double Happiness, produced by Media Stockade and pre-sold to ABC Arts.

“Being a part of the AIDC FACTory was an incredible opportunity for us to pitch our projects to an audience of international decision makers. We walked away with a presale and strong partnerships which will enable us to complete the film.”Rebecca Barry - Producer, Double Happiness

We are now seeking applications for The FACTory, with consideration given to any nonfiction screen project seeking funding or support, including documentary shorts, one-off feature documentaries, documentary series and specialist factual programs.

To Apply

Please download and read the Information for Applicants Guide and then complete your online application here:

Apply to the FACTory

The deadline for applications is 18 December 2017 at 23:59 AEDT.




AIDC partners Getty Images are supporting all applicants by providing free video clips and images from their vast archive to be used in 2018 FACTory pitch submissions. The content available includes premium quality HD content from BBC Motion Gallery, Discovery Channel, VICE, National Geographic, Sky News and much more. Search over 5,6 million creative and editorial clips and an archive dating from the early 1900’s. For details on how to access the free footage, click here. Happy exploring!

Prior FACTory Decision Makers

Buyers, commissioners and decision makers previously participating in The FACTory have included:

Amy Hobby, USA, Tribeca Film Institute
Annie Murray, NZ, Sky TV
Charlie Philips, UK, The Guardian Documentaries
Debra Zimmerman, USA, Women Make Movies
Glen Usmar, NZ, NZ on Air
Jill MacNab, NZ, Vendetta Films
Jules Oldroyd, USA, National Geographic
Nikki Heyman, USA, POV
Kate Townsend, UK, BBC Storyville
Philippe De Bourbon, France, Canal +
Steven Burns, USA, CuriosityStream
Yoko Imai, Japan, NHK
Steve Bibb, Australia, ABC
Lindsay Crouse, USA, The New York Times Op-Docs
Katy Roberts, Australia, VICE
Jennifer Byrne, UK, Dazed Media
Leo Faber, Australia, Red Bull Media House
Bill Gardner, USA, PBS
Lindsay Cowan Dotchison, Canada, Discovery
Ewan Angus, UK, BBC Scotland
Lynn Ng, Singapore, Discovery Asia
Will Stapley, UK, TVF International
John Godfrey, Australia, SBS Television

+ many more.

The Unfinished Prize for Documentary

For the first time in 2018, FACTory pitch participants will also compete for The Unfinished Prize for Documentary, presented by Wide Open Road Coffee Roasters The Saturday Paper, and AIDC, and valued at $50,000.

Open to projects with at least one Australian on the key creative team, The Unfinished Prize will be awarded to the Best Pitch, and is designed to support the realisation and promotion of new nonfiction screen works.

For more information about the prize and terms & conditions, visit The Unfinished Prize page.

The FACTory is presented by