Millennial-focused media company Vice Media has partnered with Screen Australia and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) to launch a pitching competition designed to boost young non-fiction filmmakers.
Pitch Australiana will seek to provide budding Australian filmmakers with at least one documentary production credit to their name the opportunity to win a AU$50,000 (US$38,000) commission for a short-form documentary to be broadcast across Vice’s lauded tent-pole digital docuseries Australiana (pictured).
Vice’s Australiana series presents stories from the perspectives of Australian communities, individuals and subcultures that are overlooked or ignored.
Winning projects will be released both through Vice’s digital network and on linear television channel SBS Viceland.
Four pitches will be selected to compete for the prize in a public pitching session with a panel of representatives from Vice and the wider documentary community on March 6 at the 2018 edition of Melbourne’s AIDC.
Calls for pitch submissions are now open, and will close Jan. 11. For more information, full eligibility requirements, and to submit a pitch idea, click here.
Pitch Australiana finalists will be contacted in January 2018.
“Pitching to the marketplace is such an important part of financing documentaries and Australians don’t often have the opportunity to practice a public pitch on home turf,” said Liz Stevens, head of documentary at Screen Australia, in a statement. “So not only will there be a chance for a number of teams to hone their pitching skills at AIDC but one of those teams will also be commissioned to produce a short film for Vice’s Australiana slate. This represents an incredible opportunity for a local creative team to tell a true story in a truly multi-platform way.”
“We are so excited to be able to work with Screen Australia and AIDC to expand the Australiana series through working with new, local filmmakers,” added Katy Roberts, head of video at Vice Australia. “After really strong and meaningful launch episodes, we’re committed to the series being an ongoing, diverse portrait of modern Australia.”