AIDC’s international pitching showcase for new documentary and factual projects. 

 

OVERVIEW

Applications for The FACTory are now open for 2021!

Proudly presented by Film Victoria, The FACTory is AIDC’s international pitching showcase for new documentary and factual projects. 

Up to 15 projects with strong market potential will be selected to pitch to international and local decision makers across three strands: Central Showcase, New Talent Showcase and Rough Cut Showcase. Decision makers come from a range of backgrounds and include funders, buyers, broadcasters, sales agents and distributors. 

Evolving to a virtual event in 2021, The FACTory has been reconfigured to harness its full online capability. Shortlisted teams will have the opportunity to present their work in front of the largest contingent of international decision makers ever to participate in AIDC! 

In 2021 The FACTory is an expanded program featuring: 

  • a record number of international decision makers assessing and providing feedback on each project;
  • access to more extensive online pitch training conducted by experienced screen practitioners;
  • greater opportunity for one-on-one meetings with key international decision makers.

AIDC has supported more than 60 project teams to participate in The FACTory across its six-year history. Don’t miss your chance to pitch to the people that can help realise your vision! 

Applications for The FACTory are now open until 23:59 AEDT Sunday 13 December 2020. 

CENTRAL SHOWCASE

The FACTory’s Central Showcase is designed to present experienced project teams to international decision makers, including commissioners, funders, streamers, networks, distributors, and sales agents. Projects in development and production demonstrating strong international potential will be automatically considered for this showcase.

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NEW TALENT SHOWCASE

The FACTory’s New Talent Showcase is designed to present the brightest new screen talents to decision makers and production companies around the world. Projects in development and production featuring a first-time director or first-time producer will be automatically considered for this showcase. 

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ROUGHT CUT SHOWCASE

The FACTory’s Rought Cut Showcase is designed to present projects that need to close financing gaps, and secure sales, distribution and festival opportunities. Projects in post-production are featured as part of a new private rough cut screening program, which is only open to invited decision makers. 

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“PARTICIPATING IN THE FACTORY GAVE OUR PROJECT GREAT EXPOSURE AND HELPED US SECURE FOLLOW UP MEETINGS WITH DECISION MAKERS WHO SAW POTENTIAL IN OUR PITCH.”

– SAMANTHA DINNING
WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR, NO TIME FOR QUIET 

SELECTION PROCESS

All submissions for The FACTory are independently assessed by an assessment committee of four highly experienced screen professionals hand-picked by AIDC. 

Projects are assessed and shortlisted based on the following criteria:

  • Strength and originality of the project; 
  • The commercial viability of the project in the marketplace; 
  • The project’s international appeal;
  • The track record of the creative team and any finance already in place.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide visual materials (trailer, teaser, or footage from the project) as part of their submission.

MEET THE COMMITTEE

“I WAS DELIGHTED TO TAKE PART IN THE FACTORY SESSIONS AT AIDC.  IT’S A FANTASTIC WAY TO SEE SOME OF THE CREAM OF INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY MAKING AND THE SHEER RANGE OF SUBJECTS AND DIRECTORIAL STYLES ON SHOW IS REALLY IMPRESSIVE.  IT WAS ALSO HUGELY WORTHWHILE TO MEET A WIDE RANGE OF FILM MAKERS.”

– DAVID HARRON
COMMISSIONING EXECUTIVE, FACTUAL, BBC SCOTLAND 

HOW TO APPLY

The FACTory is now accepting applications for projects in development, production or rough cut stage, across features, singles, and series (limited and returnable). 

Entry to The FACTory is competitive so please ensure your projects are original ideas that appeal to targeted buyers across the international and local markets. 

Please refer to the individual submission guidelines (see above) for the Central Showcase, New Talent Showcase and Rough Cut Showcase before submitting your application/s.  

Regular Deadline: Wednesday 9 December 2020 at 23:59 AEDT
Submission cost $50.00 per project

Late Deadline: Sunday 13 December 2020 at 23:59 AEDT
Submissions cost $60.00 per project

Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications close Sunday 13 December 2020 at 23:59 AEDT.


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PRIZES

Each year, selected AIDC partners award prizes to the strongest pitches presented as part of The FACTory showcase. These prizes can be awarded across the Central Showcase, New Talent Showcase or the Rough Cut Showcase. 

The FINCH Prize
This prize recognises and supports quality documentary storytelling from culturally diverse filmmakers. The prize comprises four weeks of in-kind post production facilities and/or services by FINCH in Sydney – including grade, online and mastering to the value of $45,000 AUD. Projects must have a confirmed pathway to audience or distribution agreement in place to be eligible.

FINCH is an Australian production company with a passionate team that uses the power of documentary as a tool to express bold and insightful visions of the world around them. The company’s credits include Chef’s Table, Machine, The Meddler (El Metido) and the upcoming Girls Can’t Surf.   

Doc Edge (New Zealand)
2 x complimentary All Access Passes to Screen Edge Forum.

Hot Docs (Canada)
1 x complimentary pass for one project to the 2021 event.

Sheffield Doc/Fest (United Kingdom)
2 x complimentary industry accreditations for one project to the next festival, which will be delivered in a hybrid format in June 2021. The accreditations will be valid for online or physical attendance.

In 2021, there will also be a separate prize for the New Talent Showcase: 

Sunnyside of the Doc (France)
2 x complimentary passes for one team plus a 2-hour online mentoring session for the winning project team. The accreditations will be valid for online or physical attendance.

All prize winners will be announced at the AIDC 2021 Closing Night Party. 

GETTY IMAGES

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

The Getty Images online library has over 8 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.

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