The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has revealed the feature documentary and factual series finalists taking part in its “retooled” FACTory pitching event.
At the 2020 conference, held March 1 to 4 in Melbourne, the FACTory will feature separate Forum pitches divided by genre categories alongside a New Talent pitch and a Rough Cut pitch.
The restructuring is intended to offer “targeted exposure” to relevant decision makers. It has also resulted in the largest number of projects accepted for pitching at the event — a total of 18 spanning 12 different countries, including Canada, China and India.
Producer and director teams in each Forum category and the New Talent pitch will present their projects in open forum sessions to curated groups of buyers, commissioners and distributors during AIDC 2020. Forum and New Talent pitches will be open to all AIDC pass-holders, while Rough Cut sessions will be accessible by decision makers only.
All projects in the event will be eligible to win pitch prizes, including: A complete opening titles package from The Post Lounge — a full-service picture and sound post studio operating in Brisbane and Melbourne — valued at AU$3,300; two free passes for Germany’s Dok Leipzig; two free passes and accommodation for South Korea’s DMZ Docs; and two free passes for New Zealand’s Doc Edge.
Winners will be announced at the AIDC 2020 Closing Night Party.
Below is the full list of projects selected for FACTory Forum pitching event with descriptions provided by AIDC. For a full list of New Talent and Rough Cut pitches, click here.
FORUM PITCH PROJECTS
The Bushwhackers: A Love Story
The Bushwhackers were superstars of wrestling. Now in their seventies, the two best friends reunite and embark on a farewell tour of America – against the advice of their doctor.
Director: Justin Hawkes
Producer: Tara Riddell
(Australia; New Zealand; USA)
The Vinyl Records: Destory Phallus Oppression
Against the backdrop of epidemic sexual violence, India’s only all-girl punk band, The Vinyl Records, take to the road, singing the war-cry of a nation’s women.
Writer, Director: Em Baker, Juhi Sharma
Producers: Samantha Dinning & Philippa Campey
The Fight Together (w/t; pictured)
An intimate portrait of a man driven to share his culture with the world.
Director: Larissa Behrendt
Producer: Sam Griffin
DOP: Anna Howard
Dark Water: Battle on the Franklin
A documentary about the epic fight to save Tasmania’s wild Franklin River from being dammed by the Hydro-Electric Commission in the 1980s.
Co-Writer, Director: Kasimir Burgess
Co-Producer: Oliver Cassidy
Producer: Chris Kamen
Co-Writer: Claire Smith
The Last Empress
The Last Empress is a feature documentary about the epic life of Empress Farah Pahlavi – the first crowned empress in Iranian history. Her story is one of fairy tales, tragedy, revolution and triumph.
Producers: Miranda Darling, Viola Raikhel-Bolot
Darkened Paradise (w/t)
Three environmental crusaders confront murder, betrayal and their own demons as they are tested like never before in their battle to save an island paradise in the Philippines.
Director: Karl Malakunas
Producer: Marty Syjuco
Producer, Editor: Michael Collins
(Philippines, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia)
Strong Female Lead
A documentary exploring Australia’s struggle with the notion of women and power when a strong female takes the lead.
Director, Writer: Tosca Looby
Producer: Karina Holden
Tea Uglow: Experimental Person in Charge
Why is identity such a divisive force in today’s culture, and why are we in such a rush to define who we – and each other – are?
Director, Producer: Jo de Fina
Co-Producer: Nick Batzias
Co-Producer, Writer: Melanie Horkan
Writer: Jess Lilley
The Oh Gap
A confident woman, struggling to address the ‘orgasm gap’ in her relationship, discovers a history of misinformation around female sexuality, so she begins a movement for change with the help of a giant golden clitoris.
Director, Producer: Julia Landry
Producers: Dylan Blowen, Danny LeChevre
Can we bring extinct animals and threatened species back to life?
Director: Sophie Wiesner
Producers: Madeleine Hetherton-Miau, Rebecca Barry