PITCH AUSTRALIANA

VICE Australia, Screen Australia and AIDC are returning for a third year to co-present PITCH AUSTRALIANA, a pitching competition offering local filmmakers the chance to win a $50,000 commission for a short-form documentary for VICE’s tentpole digital series, Australiana.

Australiana delves beyond the pillars of our national identity to present a raw and diverse portrait of modern Australia. Stories should focus on the perspectives of individuals, communities and subcultures from across the country that are overlooked or ignored, offering a voice to those on the fringes of our society.

Submissions for the series are now being sought, with up to four Australian film teams being selected to pitch their idea to industry professionals at AIDC in March 2020, and the opportunity to participate in professional development training in the lead-up to the event.

The final documentary will premier online through VICE, promoted and supported by their network. The documentary will also be broadcast on SBS VICELAND.

Image: Australiana: Burlesque Blokes (2019)

HOW TO APPLY

APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED! Now closing 17:00 AEDT Friday 13 December 2019.


Be sure to read the submission guide here or go to the VICE website here before applying via email to [email protected].


WANT TO FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE YOUR APPLICATION STAND OUT ?

Learn from the team from VICE, Screen Australia and AIDC discuss what they are looking for from the 2018 information session.

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“THIS INITIATIVE GIVES NEW AUSTRALIAN CREATORS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TELL DISTINCTIVE LOCAL STORIES ON A RENOWNED GLOBAL PLATFORM. THE INAUGURAL WINNER SHOOTING CATS HAS GONE ON TO REACH AN AUDIENCE OF OVER 1.5MILLION THROUGH VICE’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL, AND I’M CONFIDENT BURLESQUE BOYS WILL ALSO PROVE POPULAR. WE ARE LOOKING FOR EDGY THOUGHT-PROVOKING STORIES THAT WILL PROVIDE A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE TO A DIVISIVE TOPIC.” 

– BERNADINE LIM
HEAD OF DOCUMENTARY, SCREEN AUSTRALIA


“WE’RE THRILLED TO PARTNER AGAIN WITH SCREEN AUSTRALIA AND AIDC ON THIS FANTASTIC INITIATIVE. CHAMPIONING NEW FILMMAKERS WHO TELL UNIQUE STORIES IS SO IMPORTANT TO VICE. PITCH AUSTRALIANA IS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO HERO THE NEXT GENERATION OF AUSTRALIAN TALENT.”

MIMI FLEMMING
DIRECTOR OF CONTENT DISTRIBUTION & PARTNERSHIPS, VICE ASIA PACIFIC

PAST PITCHES

Director Isaac Elliott and producer Lucy Knox won last year’s Pitch Australiana competition with the observational documentary, Burlesque Blokes, which follows a group of male erotic entertainers as they go on tour.

In 2018, writer/director Inday Ford (Pictured) and producer Dylan Blowen took out the first-ever Pitch Australiana competition win with an observational doco tackling the catastrophic impact feral cats have on Australian wildlife – Shooting Cats which you can watch in full here.

Previous Australiana episodes also feature teenage burnout stars in regional Victoria, the Indigenous queer experience in the Tiwi Islands, Australia’s medicinal marijuana black market, and a search for love in the outback.

Pitch Australiana with be held on Wednesday 4 March during AIDC 2019 in Melbourne. Entrance to watch the pitches will be free for student card holders.

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