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

Consideration is given to any nonfiction screen project seeking funding or support, including documentary shorts, one-off feature documentaries, documentary series and specialist factual programs.

The FACTory International Pitching Forum
9.30am - 3.30pm, Tuesday 6 March 2018
Deakin Edge Auditorium, Fed Square

To Apply

UPDATE 29/01/18

Projects for the FACTory have now been selected, see the list HERE.

UPDATE 19/12/17

Applications for The FACTory 2018 event closed on 19 December 2017.

Thanks to everyone who submitted!




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!

FACTory Decision Makers

With still more to come, here's a taste of confirmed buyers, commissioners and decision makers attending in 2018:

Al Jazeera (MAL) - Mavourneen Dineen, Senior Producer

ARTE (FRA) – Anne Charbonnel, Commissioning Editor

ARTE (FRA) – Alec Herrmann, Head of Acquisitions/Commercial Department

BBC (UK) - Mandy Chang, Commissioning Editor, Storyville

CNEX (CHN) - Ruby Chen, CEO, CNEX Studio

Dogwoof (UK) - Oli Harbottle, Head of Distribution

France Télévisions (FRA) - David Amiel, Commissioning Editor (& Acquisitions)

Independent Lens (USA) - Clare Chambers, Coordinating Producer

Māori Television (NZ) - Summer Wharekawa, Content Commissioner

Sideways Film (UK/SPA) - Kazz Basma, Head of Sales and Acquisitions

STAN (AUS) - Rob Gibson, Head of Originals

VICE (AUS/NZ) - Katy Roberts, Head of Video

+ 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