The FACTory and Unfinished Prize Shortlist Announced for 2018

24 January 2018

AIDC is thrilled to announce the eight Australian and four international documentary projects selected for The FACTory International Pitching Forum, taking place in Federation Square’s Deakin Edge Auditorium on Tuesday 6 March.

Presented by Film Victoria, The FACTory provides a unique opportunity for documentary and factual producers to pitch their projects to an assembled panel of top level global buyers, commissioners and distributors; receive expert feedback on the spot, and potentially secure financing and co-production deals. It takes place in front of a live audience, with observer admission open to AIDC pass-holders and anyone with a student card.

The eight Australian projects will also compete for the inaugural Unfinished Prize for Documentary, valued at $50,000. Comprising $10,000 cash from Wide Open Road Coffee and $40,000 in film advertising from The Saturday Paper, the Unfinished Prize will be presented to the Best Pitch for an Australian project in the Forum.

A high level of interest from producers saw more than 100 documentary and factual projects from 17 nations entered for consideration. After a competitive selection process, the field was narrowed to 12 promising projects, featuring filmmakers from Australia, the Philippines, New Zealand, Israel, Bolivia, and the USA:

There’s No I in Threesome (Monsoon Pictures) New Zealand

With their wedding only a year away, two goofy idealists embark on a risky love adventure exploring the perks and perils of an open relationship. Director: Ollie Lucks; Producer: Alex Reed; Executive Producer: Alexander Behse

Good Ol Girl (Tal Vez Entertainment) USA

Good Ol Girl is a documentary Western that examines contemporary female issues such as motherhood, abuse, and discrimination through the lens of the traditional, hyper-masculine world of Texas Cattle Ranching. Director: Sarah Brennan Kolb; Producer: Jessica Burgess.

Who Killed Jessica? (YC Films) Israel

 Sex sells - anytime. Based on Jessica's story in a brothel in Tel Aviv and an absurd court trial, we witness the hypocrisy about what prostitution entails for women – anywhere. Director: Yulie Cohen; Producers: Yulie Cohen, Serge Gordey.

A is for Agustin (Hiraya Pictures) Philippines

Agustin, an illiterate 41­ year-old tribesman, decides to enrol in Grade 1. With the goal to get a college degree, Agustin starts learning his ABC’s and 123’s. Director: Grace Simbulan; Producers: Cha Escala, Seonkyu Park.

Under the Volcano (Kick Films) Australia

On a remote Caribbean island, under the shadow of an active volcano, the world’s biggest recording artists created music that defined an era. Director: Paul Komadina; Producer: Cody Greenwood; Executive Producer: Sara Cline

The Son of Captain Blood (Eyeline Films) Australia

The son of a Hollywood legend’s heroic search for truth within the madness of war – and a 48-year quest to unravel his mysterious end. Directors: Geoffrey Smith, Ian White; Producers: Geoffrey Smith, Claire Jager.

Untitled Dudko Project (Sam Griffin) Australia/Russia

Lucy Dudko spent seven years in prison for hijacking a helicopter to pluck bank robber John Killick from Silverwater Jail. Was it a love story or something else? Director: Maria Dudko; Producers: Sam Griffin, Maya Kuzina. (Pic © Fairfax Syndication)

The Bowraville Murders (Mint Pictures / Jumping Dog Productions) Australia

Three murdered Aboriginal children ... one white suspect ... the dramatic climax of a 27-year battle for justice. Directors: Dan Goldberg, Stefan Moore; Executive Producers: Susan Lambert, Adam Kay.

When the Sky Fell Down: The Myth of Guy Bourdin (Falling Skies) Australia

When the Sky Fell Down – The Myth of Guy Bourdin uncovers how one man’s uncompromising vision and unique character changed the world we see today. Director: Sean Brandt; Producers: Sean Brandt, Shannon Owen. (Pic © The Estate of Guy Bourdin)

Lay My Body Down (Ghost Pictures) Australia

Ferocious maverick Chrissy Amphlett, Mark McEntee and band Divinyls, materialised onto the world stage aflame with musical ambition and a dangerous magic to forge a tumultuous epic tale of passion, fire, fury and survival. Director: Lynn-Maree Milburn; Producers: Richard Lowenstein, Andrew de Groot, Lynn-Maree Milburn.

No Time for Quiet (Good Human Films) Australia

Struggling to establish a sense of belonging and identity, a group of teenagers find their voice through a unique rock n roll community. Directors: Samantha Dinning, Hylton Shaw; Producers: Samantha Dinning, Hylton Shaw; Executive Producer: Claire Jager.

The Fight (United Notions Film) Australia/Bolivia/USA

What happens when people with disabilities in Bolivia have to fight for their survival? Directors: Violeta Ayala, Daniel Fallshaw; Producers: Violeta Ayala, Daniel Fallshaw

AIDC Conference Director, Alice Burgin, said, “For the 12 projects selected, the FACTory is about opportunity. But it is also about something else – something for all of us. It is the embodiment of a thriving nonfiction industry, a myriad of well-told stories, and a creative community that reminds us of the weird and wonderful world in which we live. I want to congratulate the selected practitioners, and all the applicants who applied, for their tireless effort to keeping storytelling alive.”

Alongside this unique opportunity, Getty Images has offered to support all 12 final projects by providing 10 free video clips from their vast archive to be used in preparing FACTory pitches for AIDC 2018.

The project pitching teams will now prepare to face decision makers from more than 25 diverse commissioning bodies in The FACTory, including STAN, BBC Documentaries, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, ARTE France, VICE, Dogwoof and more. 

In addition, Australian projects will be judged for The Unfinished Prize by Erik Jensen, Editor of The Saturday Paper, Jono Hill, Co-Founder of Wide Open Road Coffee, and Katrina Sedgwick, CEO & Director of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

To watch the pitches taking place, observers must hold an AIDC All Access Pass, Focus Pass, Day Pass or a valid Student Card.

The FACTory takes place on Tuesday 6 March 2018 from 9am in Fed Square’s Deakin Edge, and will be followed by the VICE & Screen Australia Pitch Australiana competition. 


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