The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) and the Australian arm of audiobook producer and retailer Audible.com are partnering on “Sound It Out,” a AU$10,000 (US$7,000) audio documentary initiative.
The program allows creators to pitch their audio storytelling ideas during AIDC 2019, with productions having the opportunity to be part of Audible.com.au’s original content slate for 2019, which is made up of audiobooks, shows and other audio content created exclusively for Audible.
There are no limits to genre. Proposals may include reality audio, game-shows, biographies, true crime, comedy, self-development and more. The focus will instead be on developing projects with strong narratives geared to the audio storytelling space.
Eight projects will be shortlisted by a selection panel and have the opportunity to pitch to Audible representatives at the 2019 AIDC “Cut to the Chase Marketplace.” Up to $10,000 in development funding will be distributed among successful projects.
Recent non-fiction Audible Original projects include Evil Has a Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation, Esther Perel’s Where Should We Begin: The Arc of Love, West Cork, The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, and others.
Submissions are now open on the AIDC website and will close Feb. 8 at 11:59 p.m. AEDT. Shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to pitch at AIDC in Melbourne on March 6.
“Audio is uniquely well-placed to tell many stories — from the stories featuring inimitable voices, through to intimate, difficult stories, and those that require a length not always possible with visual productions,” said Ben Naparstek (pictured), director of original content at Audible.com.au, in a statement. “Audible is excited to partner with the AIDC on this initiative to foster development of ideas for premium non-fiction productions best suited to the audio format.”
“‘Sound It Out’ is the perfect fit for AIDC because it embodies so much of what AIDC aims to do: provide new marketplace opportunities for non-fiction content, explore documentary trends, and offer financial incentives for practitioners to create premium content,” added Alice Burgin, AIDC CEO and conference director. “We are thrilled to be working with Audible, who will bring their outstanding reputation for audio documentaries, and we cannot wait to hear the results.”