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Final Projects & Prizes Announced for The FACTory Pitching Forum

3 February 2017

We’re very excited to announce the 10 international documentary projects selected for The FACTory pitching forum, to be held in the Deakin Edge, Federation Square, on Tuesday 7 March during AIDC 2017.

Presented by Film Victoria and Screen Australia, The FACTory provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers to pitch in-development factual screen projects directly to an assembled group of top-level international buyers, commissioners, and distributors; receive expert feedback on the spot, and potentially hook up a financing deal.

It all takes place in front of a live audience, with admission open to AIDC 2017 All Access Pass and Day 3 Pass-holders.

A high level of interest from filmmakers and producers saw more than 60 documentary and factual projects entered for consideration. After a rigorous selection process, the field was reduced to a final 10 projects, featuring filmmaking teams from as far as China, Bhutan, Chile and the USA.

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Waste Nation (Australia) - Ronni Kahn used to be a collaborator in Australia’s annual $10 billion food waste bill. Now she’s taking on government and big business to expose that four million tonnes of food is discarded annually while two million Australians suffer from food insecurity. Producer/Director: Dan Goldberg. Mint Pictures.

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Lady of the Harbour (China/Netherlands) - Nearly two decades ago, Suzanne smuggled Chinese immigrants to Greece via the same route as refugees fleeing today. In an attempt to redeem her past, she now leads a group of Greek Chinese to help new refugees arriving by sea. Director: Sean Wang; Producer: Jia Zhao. Muyi Film.

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Islam and the Future of Tolerance (USA / Australia) - Sam Harris, an atheist, neuroscientist; and Maajid Nawaz, a reformed Islamist who was promoting a global Caliphate. Their story, conversation and their solutions to the most pressing global issue. Director: Jay Shapiro; Co-Director & Producer: Desh Amila; Producer: Suzi Jamil. CNI Think Productions PTY LTD.

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The Invisibles (Australia) - a documentary series that follows four women as they embark on a life-changing journey to the heart of Australia, joining hundreds of others like them in an attempt to break the world record of women camping in the same place. Producer/Director: Emma Masters. Weave Films & Blackwatch Productions.

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Stories from the Field / The Last Guardian (Bhutan) – Tashi (13) has only one desire – to become a boy. Either as a footballer, or as the next guardian of her family’s monastery in the last Bhuddist kingdom of Bhutan. Producer/Director: Arun Bhattarai; Director: Dorottya Zurbó. Éclipse Film Ltd. & Sound Pictures.

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Uluru & the Magician (Australia) - Dave Welzman, a child-phobic Sydney magician bored of doing kids’ parties for a living, decides to reboot his career with a grand illusion. He plans to make Uluru, Australia’s biggest monolith, disappear – but in the process of obtaining permission from the traditional owners, ends up finding himself. Producer/Director: Anna Broinowski.

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Ghost of Neruda (Chile / Australia) - A thrilling investigation into the alleged murder of the outspoken Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who was pronounced dead at the Santa Maria Clinic in Santiago, Chile, only 12 days after the 1973 coup d’état swept his nation. Producer/Director: Tatiana Velasco; Producer: Dena Curtis; Consulting EP: Veronica Fury. Rebel Waltz Films.

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Who Killed Hilda? (New Zealand / United Kingdom) - A political thriller about the mysterious murder of British peace activist Hilda Murrell and the 30-year quest for justice by her nephew, an ex-Royal Navy Commander now living in self-imposed exile in NZ, and his wife, one of New Zealand’s leading anti-nuclear campaigners. Producer: Arani Cuthbert; Director: Justin Pemberton. Diva Productions Ltd (NZ) & Spring Films (UK).

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Double Happiness (Australia) – What is the New China Dream when it comes to love? Double Happiness explores contemporary China through the window of the $80 billion pre-wedding photography industry. Director: Olivia Martin-McGuire; Producer: Rebecca Barry & Madeleine Hetherton. Media Stockade.

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The Love Experiment (Australia) - Humans crave connection. Yet 50% of our daily interaction is with a screen. In a global first, this series will attempt to reconnect the world via an uplifting social experiment – with a basis in hard science. Director/Co-Producer: Sinéad McDevitt; Producers: Rebecca Barry & Madeleine Hetherton. Media Stockade.

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“A fabulous pitch gets results. Pitching is all about convincing others to come on board and share the passion – to provide the all-important money so that art might follow," said AIDC CEO & Conference Director, Andrew Wiseman.

"The FACTory pitching forum at AIDC is geared to making great connections between the film teams and those who can finance, support or release the work. This year the variety, power and sheer creative ambition of the ten selected projects from Australia, Asia and the rest of the world is really impressive. These are the ones to watch.”

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FACTORY PRIZES ANNOUNCED!

The project pitching teams will also compete for The FACTory Grand Prize – with the Best Pitch awarded a Marketing & Distribution Deal from The Solid State and Fan-Force.com, featuring $5,000 towards the creation of a theatrical trailer, poster and website; and $3,700 of distribution and social media marketing support services (total value $8,700).

Alongside this unique opportunity, Getty Images have offered to support all 10 final projects by providing free video clips from their vast archive to be used in preparing FACTory pitches for AIDC 2017. The content available includes premium quality HD content from BBC Motion Gallery, Discovery Channel, VICE, National Geographic, Sky News and much more, including over two million creative and editorial clips and an archive dating from the early 1900’s. 

Project teams are now preparing to face decision makers from more than 25 commissioning bodies at The FACTory, including Tribeca Film Institute, National Geographic, Foxtel, BBC Storyville, Al Jazeera English, Canal +, NHK Japan, American Documentary | POV, Discovery, Universal Pictures and more. Find the full list of decision makers here.

In order to watch the pitches taking place, access to The FACTory is available to AIDC All Access pass-holders and Tuesday (DAY 3) pass-holders. Registration for all passes is available on the AIDC website: www.aidc.com.au

The FACTory takes place on Tuesday 7 March, 10.15am – 4.30pm, as part of AIDC 2017