AIDC’S international pitching forum for documentary, factual and unscripted screen content

THE FACTORY

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.

“BEING A PART OF THE AIDC FACTORY WAS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO PITCH OUR PROJECTS TO AN AUDIENCE OF INTERNATIONAL DECISION MAKERS. WE WALKED AWAY WITH A PRE-SALE AND STRONG PARTNERSHIPS.”

– REBECCA BARRY
PRODUCER, CHINA LOVE

SELECTION PROCESS

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

FACTORY DECISION MAKERS

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)

VR/AR & SHORT DOCS

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].

TERMS & CONDITIONS

MORE INFORMATION AND FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER. PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON.

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