“Waste Nation,” “Invisibles” headed to AIDC pitching forum

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), which taps the documentary, factual and unscripted industry Down Under, has unveiled the 10 international doc projects selected for the 2017 FACTory pitching forum. The ...
February 3, 2017

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), which taps the documentary, factual and unscripted industry Down Under, has unveiled the 10 international doc projects selected for the 2017 FACTory pitching forum.

The day-long forum, which is presented by Film Victoria and Screen Australia and takes place on March 7 during the 2017 edition of AIDC, is to provide filmmakers the opportunity to pitch in-development factual projects to leading international buyers, commissioners and distributors.

Decision makers are comprised of more than 25 commissioning bodies, including the Tribeca Film Festival Institute, National Geographic, Foxtel, BBC doc strand ‘Storyville,’ Al Jazeera English, Canal+, NHK Japan,

The project pitching teams will now prepare to face decision makers from more than 25 diverse commissioning bodies at The FACTory event, including Tribeca Film Institute, National Geographic, Foxtel, BBC Storyville, Al Jazeera English, Canal+, NHK Japan, American Documentary and PBS doc strand ‘POV,’ Discovery and Universal Pictures, among others.

The winning selection will receive the FACTory Grand Prize, totaling AUD$8,700 (US$6,700).  The prize will feature a marketing and distribution deal from The Solid Stateand, featuring AUD$5,000 towards the creation of a theatrical trailer, poster and website; and $3,700 of distribution and social media marketing support services.

In addition, Getty Images will provide all 10 finalists with 10 free video clips from their archive to be used in preparing their FACTory pitches.

“The FACTory pitching forum at AIDC is geared to making great connections between the film teams and those who can finance, support or release the work,” said AIDC CEO and conference director Andrew Wiseman in a statement. “This year the variety, power and sheer creative ambition of the 10 selected projects from Australia, Asia and the rest of the world is really impressive.”

More than 60 documentary and factual projects were entered into the competition for consideration before a rigorous selection process narrowed the field 10 finalists.

The 30th edition of AIDC runs from March 5 to 8 in Melbourne, Australia. The following projects, with descriptions provided by AIDC, will be presented at this year’s FACTory pitching forum:

Waste Nation (Australia; pictured)
Producer/Director: Dan Goldberg. Mint Pictures.
Ronni Kahn used to be a collaborator in Australia’s annual $10 billion food waste bill. Now she’s taking on government and big business to expose that four million tonnes of food is discarded annually while two million Australians suffer from food insecurity. 

Lady of the Harbour (China)
Director: Sean Wang; Producer: Jia Zhao. Muyi Film.
Nearly two decades ago, Suzanne smuggled Chinese immigrants to Greece via the same route as refugees fleeing today. In an attempt to redeem her past, she now leads a group of Greek Chinese to help new refugees arriving by sea. 

Islam and the Future of Tolerance (USA / Australia)
Director: Jay Shapiro; Producers: Desh Amila & Suzi Jamil. CNI Think Productions.
Sam Harris, an atheist, neuroscientist; and Maajid Nawaz, a reformed Islamist who was promoting a global Caliphate. Their story, conversation and their solutions to the most pressing global issue. 

The Invisibles (Australia)
Producer/Director: Emma Masters. Weave Films & Blackwatch Productions.
A documentary series that follows four women as they embark on a life-changing journey to the heart of Australia, joining hundreds of others like them in an attempt to break the world record of women camping in the same place.

Stories from the Field / The Last Guardian (Bhutan)
Producer/Director: Arun Bhattarai; Director: Dorottya Zurbó. Éclipse Film Ltd. & Sound Pictures.
Tashi (13) has only one desire – to become a boy. Either as a footballer, or as the next guardian of her family’s monastery in the last Bhuddist kingdom of Bhutan. 

Uluru & the Magician (Australia)
Producer/Director: Anna Broinowski.
Dave Welzman, a child-phobic Sydney magician bored of doing kids’ parties for a living, decides to reboot his career with a grand illusion. He plans to make Uluru, Australia’s biggest monolith, disappear – but in the process of obtaining permission from the traditional owners, ends up finding himself.

Ghost of Neruda (Chile / Australia)
Producer/Director: Tatiana Velasco; Producer: Dena Curtis; Consulting EP: Veronica Fury. Rebel Waltz Films.
A thrilling investigation into the alleged murder of the outspoken Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who was pronounced dead at the Santa Maria Clinic in Santiago, Chile, only 12 days after the 1973 coup d’état swept his nation.

Who Killed Hilda? (New Zealand / United Kingdom)
Producer: Arani Cuthbert; Director: Justin Pemberton. Diva Productions (NZ) & Spring Films (UK).
A political thriller about the mysterious murder of British peace activist Hilda Murrell and the 30-year quest for justice by her nephew, an ex-Royal Navy Commander now living in self-imposed exile in NZ, and his wife, one of New Zealand’s leading anti-nuclear campaigners.

Double Happiness (Australia)
Director: Olivia Martin-McGuire; Producer: Rebecca Barry & Madeleine Hetherton. Media Stockade.
What is the New China Dream when it comes to love? Double Happiness explores contemporary China through the window of the $80 billion pre-wedding photography industry.

The Love Experiment (Australia)
Director/Co-Producer: Sinéad McDevitt; Producers: Rebecca Barry & Madeleine Hetherton. Media Stockade.
Humans crave connection. Yet 50% of our daily interaction is with a screen. In a global first, this series will attempt to reconnect the world via an uplifting social experiment – with a basis in hard science.

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