The Unfinished Prize

Supporting new nonfiction screen works

Wide Open Road Coffee Roasters, The Saturday Paper and the Australian International Documentary Conference are pleased to announce the inaugural Unfinished Prize for Documentary, to support and promote new nonfiction screen works.

Valued at $50,000, the prize will be awarded to the best pitch for a documentary feature film, one-off or series at The FACTory International Pitching Forum, held during AIDC 2018.

Comprising $10,000 cash from Wide Open Road and a $40,000 film advertising plan in The Saturday Paper, the prize enables the realisation and promotion of new documentary projects.

The Unfinished Prize reinforces the importance of documentary and nonfiction screen storytelling in both bringing to light significant issues and increasing our understanding of the world through deep and engaging narratives.


To be eligible for the prize, projects must have:

  • at least one Australian on the key creative team, and
  • be selected to pitch in The FACTory

We now encourage producers of documentary and nonfiction screen content to submit projects for FACTory consideration, with applications open 4 October 2017 to 18 December 2017.

Head to The FACTory page to apply

Shortlisted projects will have the opportunity to pitch directly to national and international decision makers, and compete for The Unfinished Prize for Documentary at The FACTory on 6 March 2018.

If you have any questions about The Unfinished Prize, please email


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Australia's premier event for documentary, factual, and unscripted screen content.

The Saturday Paper is a quality weekly newspaper, dedicated to narrative journalism. It offers the biggest names and best writing in news, culture, and analysis, with a particular focus on Australia.

Wide Open Road have been roasting coffee in their Brunswick headquarters since 2009. Less of a company and more of a collective of creatives, the team seek to craft a product using all of their senses, and with an eye toward aesthetics. It’s the human element of coffee that continues to drive WOR towards quality in all aspects of their business.