Proudly presented by Film Victoria, The FACTory is AIDC’s annual one-day pitching forum designed to showcase selected documentary and factual screen projects to an audience of local and international Decision Makers.
The FACTory provides a unique opportunity for exciting projects with international appeal to be pitched directly to an assembled group of top-level buyers, commissioners, and distributors in a live event setting; receive expert feedback on the spot, and seal financing deals.
AIDC will soon open applications for feature-length documentaries, one-hour singles and series with global appeal in development or production. Submissions are open to a vast array of genres.
Previous projects pitched at The FACTory include Richard Lowenstein’s Mystify: Michael Hutchence, Annie Goldson’s Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, Dan Goldberg’s Food Fighter, and China Love produced by Media Stockade.
FACTory 2020 applications open Wednesday 2 October 2019.
The FACTory International Pitching Forum will take place during AIDC 2020, 1-4 March at State Library Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
All FACTory project submissions are independently assessed by a panel of highly experienced international professionals. The 2020 assessment panel will be announced soon.
Projects are assessed and shortlisted based on the following criteria:
- the strength and originality of the project
- the commercial viability of the project in the marketplace
- the track record of the creative team
- any finance in place
Providing visual materials (trailer, teaser, or footage from the project) is highly recommended.
“PITCHING AT THE FACTORY IS AN EXCELLENT WAY OF GETTING MOSTLY INARTICULATE FILM-MAKERS TO FACE THEIR DEMONS AND FOCUS ON THE VIABILITY OF THEIR PROJECTS TO KEY PLAYERS IN THE INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC MARKETPLACE … [IT] WAS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF GHOST BEING ABLE TO FINANCE OUR FEATURE DOC MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE AND ENABLING IT TO GO INTO PRODUCTION.”
– RICHARD LOWENSTEIN
PRODUCER, LAY MY BODY DOWN
Prior organisations participating in the FACTory have included decision makers from:
- PBS (USA)
- American Documentary | POV (USA)
- BBC Storyville (UK)
- Cinereach (USA)
- ARTE (FRA)
- National Geographic (USA)
- Al Jazeera Media Network (MAL)
- Sundance Institute (USA)
- France Télévisions (FRA)
- A&E (USA)
- CuriosityStream (USA)
- SVT (SWE)
- YLE (FIN)
- NHK (JAP)
- Dogwoof (UK)
- Submarine Entertainment (USA)
- Autlook Film Sales (AUT)
- Visions du Réel (CHE)
- Doc Edge (NZ)
- SBS (AUS)
- ABC (AUS)
- VICE Australia (AUS)
- Madman / Docplay (AUS)
- Flame Distribution (AUS)
- Beyond Distribution (AUS)
Do you have a VR/AR project? Got an idea for a short documentary?
Short documentary and VR/AR creators are encouraged to contact the Marketplace team to register interest in other market opportunities. Send your name, contact details to [email protected].