Proudly presented by Film Victoria and Screen Australia, The FACTory is AIDC’s one-day international pitching forum for factual screen content, happening on Tuesday 7 March during AIDC 2017 in Federation Square’s striking Deakin Edge auditorium.
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, Sessions Only passes, and Day 3 Pass-holders.
Successful projects pitched at The FACTory in 2016 included the highly anticipated Michael Hutchence documentary Mystify.
“Pitching our latest documentary, Mystify, at AIDC's FACTory last year, connected us with financiers and commissioning editors, namely Kate Townsend of BBC Storyville, who in turn introduced us to renowned UK producer, John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man, Listen to Me Marlon, One Day in September). Our pitch was also heard by Head of ABC Arts, Mandy Chang, and Paul Wiegard of Madman Entertainment, who both came on board the project soon after AIDC. We are currently contracting with all parties, with production due to commence before the end of this year. We are grateful that the AIDC is such a tremendous hub of connectivity for Australia's documentary industry.”
- Maya Gnyp and Richard Lowenstein of Ghost Pictures.
Confirmed Decision Makers for The FACTory 2017
Amy Hobby (US), Executive Director, Tribeca Film Institute
Annie Murray (NZ), Senior Commissioner, SKY TV NZ
Debra Zimmerman (US), Executive Director, Women Make Movies
Glenn Usmar (NZ), Head of Television, NZ On Air
Elissa McKeand (AU), Development Producer, Foxtel
Fiona Gilroy (AU), Content Sales & Acquisitions Director, Flame Distribution
Jason Behan (AU), VP Acquisitions ANZ, Universal Pics Australasia
Jill MacNab (NZ), General Manager, Vendetta
Joseph Maxwell (AU), Head of Documentaries, SBS
Jules Oldroyd (US), SVP Global Programming & Acquisitions, National Geographic
Kate Townsend (UK), Editor, Storyville, BBC Storyville
Laura Fleury (US), SVP/Head of Programming and & LMN, A&E Networks
Lilla Hurst (UK), Managing Director, Drive
Mandy Chang (AU), Head of Arts, ABC
Mariska Deane (AU), Head of Programming - Factual, Foxtel
Nikki Heyman (US), Coordinating Producer, American Documentary | POV
Philippe de Bourbon (FR), Commissioning Editor, Canal +
Ryan Harrington (US), Director of Acquisitions, Docs & Specials, Discovery, Discovery Communications
Sharon Ramsay-Luck (AU), Head of Content Sales & Business Development, ABC Commercial
Steve Bibb (AU), Head of Factual, ABC
Steve Burns (US), Chief Programming Officer, Curiositystream | Blue Chip Streaming
Susie Jones (AU), Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, SBS
Thierry Bled (AU), Executive Producer, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific
Vanessa Case (CAN), Executive Vice President Acquisitions, Blue Ant Media
Yoko Imai (JP), Senior Producer / International Co-Productions & Acquisitions, NHK Japan
"My career really took off at AIDC! Nine years ago, as an emerging producer, I was selected to be part of one of their pitching competitions and it gave me an instant understanding of the broader industry and marketplace. It is a key event for any documentary filmmaker."
Veronica Fury, Principal and Executive Producer, WildBear Entertainment