The FACTory

AIDC’s international pitching forum for documentary, factual and unscripted screen content
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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.

Find out about the final 10 projects selected for The FACTory here.



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

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