SIX TEAMS TO PITCH IN SCREEN AUSTRALIA & AIDC INITIATIVE FOR DOCUMENTARIES THAT APPEAL TO YOUNGER AUDIENCES
We are thrilled to reveal the six projects selected for the second Fresh Cuts Documentary Pitch at AIDC 2024, co-presented by Screen Australia.
The Fresh Cuts Documentary Pitch is designed to seek out market interest and development funding for new and exciting documentary projects with stories that appeal to younger audiences, aged 15-35.
The six teams will pitch their projects live on Sunday 3 March to a panel of leading global industry experts, with three successful pitches set to receive up to $30,000 in development funding from Screen Australia.
VIEW THE PROJECTS BELOW
PARADISE CAMP: HOMECOMING
Acclaimed Fa’afafine artist, Yuki Kihara brings her Venice Biennale exhibition Paradise Camp home to Sāmoa, audaciously confronting climate action, colonialism, and gender identity. She is transforming Sāmoa into a Fa’afafine Paradise.
Yuki Kihara, Keiran McGee
Join the delightful chef Niccola Mudge as she takes us inside the fridges – and lives – of some incredible Australians, to create the best out of best-before.
Bree Sanders, Niccola Mudge
UNTITLED TABLETOP DOCUMENTARY
For many, tabletop roleplaying games have become more than a hobby. The diverse community in Australia is thriving in the face of challenges.
Eva Otsing, Sal Hicks
IN SEARCH OF THE WHITE DEER
A heartfelt documentary about a mythic white deer sighted within Western Sydney. The search for this suburban legend uncovers an unexpected secret and truth about the origins of the community.
DIRECTORS / PRODUCERS
Reg Azwar, Esky Escandor
Self-proclaimed ‘boganologist’, Milton Mango, is on a mission to ask no-nonsense questions and sort the facts from the furphies on all things climate change.
A young lesbian navigates her first boyfriend, and coming out, all over again.
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
In the lead-up to the live pitch at AIDC, Fresh Cuts mentors Yvonne Ashley Kouadjo (Series Producer, The New York Times Op-Docs, USA) and Jess Langely (Senior Producer, Truce, Australia) will offer pitch training and feedback to teams.
The Fresh Cuts decision maker panel will include Opal H. Bennett, Senior Producer, POV / Executive Producer, POV Shorts, American Documentary, Inc. (USA), Christine Kecher, Senior Commissioning Editor, The New York Times Op-Docs (USA), Sarah Lash, Senior Director of Acquisitions, Condé Nast (USA), Hollie Fifer, Director of Australian Programs, Doc Society (Australia), Chloe Cassidy, Executive Producer – Development, ABC (Australia), Mia Falstein-Rush, Program Manager, Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia), Cieron Cody, Investment & Development Manager – Documentary, Screen Australia (Australia), and Louise Cocks, Investment & Development Manager – Online, Screen Australia (Australia).
The Fresh Cuts Documentary Pitch, co-presented with Screen Australia, takes place on Sunday 3 March during AIDC 2024 and is open to attend by all registered delegates. You can learn more about the pitch HERE.