AIDC’s first-ever audio documentary pitch


Presented by Audible + AIDC

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions for Sound It Out 2019 are now closed. Subscribe to the AIDC eNews for program updates in the lead-up to AIDC 2020.

Do you have a bold new idea for an audio documentary? Make your story heard.

Audible and AIDC are proud to present Sound It Out, a new $10,000 audio documentary initiative designed to expand the scope of contemporary nonfiction storytelling.

Factual storytellers are now invited to submit ideas for 4-8 hour original audio documentaries, of premium quality and global appeal, with the opportunity for these unique productions to form part of’s 2019 original content slate. is open to proposals from all factual genres – from reality audio and gameshows through to biographies, true crime, comedy and self-development – so long as the ideas are powered by strong narratives and attest to the power of audio storytelling to entertain and spark conversations.

Eight project ideas will be shortlisted by a selection panel and will have the opportunity to pitch to Audible representatives during the AIDC Cut to the Chase Marketplace. Each pitching team will have 10 minutes to pitch their idea.

Up to a total of $10,000 development funding will be distributed across the pitching initiative to successful project/s.




We are currently seeking proposals from factual storytellers (including documentary makers, podcast creators or writers) to submit ideas for a bold, entertaining and original audio documentary to be considered by Audible.

Audible Original audiobooks and audio shows are exclusive audio titles created by diverse storytellers made available on Audible. Recent international Audible Original productions include Evil Has a Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation, Esther Perel’s Where Should We Begin: The Arc of Love, West Cork, and The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson.

**Submissions to Sound it Out are now CLOSED**

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch their ideas to Audible representatives at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in Melbourne on Wednesday 6 March 2019.



To be eligible to apply, applicants must be:

  1. Be 18 years of age or over
  2. Have at least one Australian team member to be eligible to apply.
  3. Have at least one of the following credits:
  • 1 x audio podcast credit;
  • 1 x broadcast documentary credit;
  • 1 x book publishing credit.
  1. Submit at least one audio documentary project idea in development, to be further developed with Audible if selected; and
  2. Be available to attend AIDC in Melbourne on Wednesday 6 March 2019 to pitch to Audible at AIDC.

Questions? Email [email protected]


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

Individuals, teams or companies may apply, but must have at least one Australian team member and be 18 years of age or over.

Entry is open to professional non-fiction storytellers, podcast creators and/or writers with an idea for an original audio documentary production and with 1 x broadcast or published credit in their assigned role.

Applications received after the closing date of February 8, 2019 at 11:59 (AEDT) will not be accepted. Shortlisted applicants will be informed by mid-February 2019.

Applicants selected to pitch must be available to attend AIDC on Wednesday 6 March 2019 and must purchase a day pass for $365 (inc. GST) to attend AIDC on Wednesday 6 March 2019 to pitch their audio documentary idea. Travel expenses to Melbourne to pitch at AIDC will not be covered.

Up to AUD$10,000 of total development funds will be available for successful project pitches. Audible will determine the amount of development funds to be awarded to project/s.

The award of the Audible development funds towards any particular project or Recipient is subject to the Recipient and Audible agreeing to and entering into a Development Services Agreement.

By submitting your application to Sound It Out, 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, selected applications will be made available to media unless a request is made otherwise.

There is a chance that a number of ideas submitted as part of Sound It Out, 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 now or in the future.

The ‘Sound It Out’ pitch format is © 2019 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC)

Submitting to the Sound It Out pitch at AIDC?

To help you prepare your best possible pitch, Getty Images have partnered with AIDC to provide up to 20 projects with a music track from for your Sound It Out audio trailer or teaser. Use of the track is free and available to the first 20 applicants to request access.

Contact Douglas Simpson on [email protected] to request access.

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