UPDATE: Applications for Cut to the Chase are now closed after being extended until 17:00 AEDT Wednesday 3 February 2021.

Do you have a pitch-ready project for AIDC?

Presented by Xe Money Transfer, Cut to the Chase is AIDC’s curated marketplace, carefully matching producers and decision makers for optimum outcomes with no time-wasting. An online event for 2021, Cut to the Chase will continue to allow decision makers and projects to make meaningful connections through one-on-one meetings.

Submitting your project is easy, and free for anyone with an All Access Pass, with all screen and digital media formats considered across the documentary and factual sectors.

The most compelling projects will be selected for curated short meetings with local and international decision makers attending AIDC, including commissioning editors, acquisitions executives, distributors and sales agents, plus other financiers and funders.

PLEASE NOTE: You must register for AIDC 2021 by purchasing an All Access Pass in order to submit a project for Cut to the Chase.

Passholders are invited to submit two(2) film or television project (this is an updated increase from 1!) and one (1) audio documentary project per pass. 




Applications Cut to the Chase have now CLOSED

Submissions closed 3 February 2021

If decision makers select your project for Cut to the Chase meetings, AIDC will contact you no later than a week before the event confirming your meeting schedule. Please note: due to high demand for decision makers, meetings cannot be guaranteed.

Before submitting your project, be sure to read the Cut to the Chase SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.

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Cut to the Chase now includes audio docs!

In 2021, the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) is shining a bigger spotlight on audio documentaries and integrating audio formats into the Cut to the Chase marketplace.

Audio seeking decision makers attending in 2021 Include:

PODCAST ONE AUSTRALIA – SCA // WONDERY // more to be announced soon!

Audio documentary workshop

As part of a new partnership, eight audio documentary projects submitted to Cut to the Chase will be selected for complimentary project consultations prior to AIDC with one of Australia’s leading podcast agencies, Audiocraft, to hone their ideas prior to entering the market. Criteria for selection include:

  • A narrative idea that is suitable to an eight to ten podcast episode series (and sustains this duration);
  • New voices/stories;
  • Access to talent/tape;
  • A clear idea of how sound can be used to elevate the story.

Getty Images Archive Pitch

Do you have an archive-driven documentary or factual project in the works? This year, AIDC is introducing the Getty Images Archive pitch giving storytellers an exclusive chance to secure over $100,000 worth of archival content as part of this exciting new pitch initiative.

The inaugural Getty Images Archive Pitch is designed to elevate storytelling through archives by giving producers the opportunity to secure a partnership licensing agreement with reduced upfront licensing fees. Getty Images will come on board as a production partner with successful projects.

Successful candidates will have access to footage from Getty Images and their video and content partners, including BBC, BBC Earth, NBC, TVNZ, Bloomberg, ITN and more, in addition to research services to assist in finding the perfect clips.

To help you prepare your best possible pitch for AIDC, Getty Images has also partnered with AIDC to provide you – absolutely free – the footage clips you need to help make your application successful.

This offer is FREE to project teams in early stages of development pitching broadly in Cut to the Chase as well as the Getty Images Archive Pitch. To make use of this offer, please submit a free footage request.

The Getty Images online library has over 13 million footage clips on every subject imaginable – from movements and protests that define humanity, to wildlife, climate change and much, much more. You can search by keywords, filming technique, viewpoints and composition, among other options.


XE Money Transfer Consultations

Working with foreign currencies? Xe Money Transfer is offering exclusive workshops to Cut to the Chase participants to spread the word on how to maximise savings and minimise risk with foreign currency exchange.

Indigenous Creators Market

For the first time, AIDC is introducing an exciting new marketplace opportunity dedicated to Indigenous practitioners with market-ready projects. The marketplace will be highly competitive, pairing the best projects submitted to AIDC with local and international decision makers specifically looking to work with Indigenous creatives.

To be eligible to participate in the Indigenous Creators Market, delegates much submit a project to Cut to the Chase by 17:00 AEDT Wednesday 3 February 2021.

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In submitting this application, the applicant agrees to be bound by the rules and terms and conditions as set out by Australian International Documentary Conference.

Applicants must have already purchased an All Access Pass (valued at AUD 450, all prices are in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST but exclusive of credit card charges. Charges are 1.5% of the total purchase price and will be charged upon checkout.) prior to submitting their pitch. All pitch-team members representing the project will also need to be registered with an All Access Pass.

The applicant acknowledges that while every endeavour will be taken to create meaningful meetings for the applicant’s project, AIDC cannot guarantee that the project will be successful in attracting interested decision makers.

By submitting your application to Cut to the Chase, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete. AIDC reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.

AIDC shall use its best endeavours to treat all submissions confidentially however projects will be made available in the Cut to the Chase catalogue and to interested decision makers. 

There is a chance that a number of ideas submitted as part of Cut to the Chase – including the applicant’s – may contain subject matter, themes, activity, characters and other material that is similar to other projects submitted to AIDC. The applicant acknowledges that AIDC is not liable in the event that the project submitted by the applicant is in any way similar to a project selected by AIDC for Cut to the Chase now or in the future.

The Cut To The Chase curated pitch is © 2020 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).