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AIDC selects academic, journalism projects to be pitched at 2020 event

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has revealed the projects selected for its pitching initiatives Reel Smart Academic Pitch and Raw Data, Real Stories, to be presented at the Melbourne-based event this ...
February 25, 2020

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has revealed the projects selected for its pitching initiatives Reel Smart Academic Pitch and Raw Data, Real Stories, to be presented at the Melbourne-based event this March.

Co-presented with the La Trobe University, Reel Smart Academic Pitch will see academics from the university pitch original research to producers at AIDC with the aim of triggering the development of new factual series or one-off documentary projects.

Research projects selected include: Weasel Words: The Long, slow death of Australian public language (w/t) from Gwenda Tavan, associate professor of politics; Just Like Me from professor Nora Shields, about the findings of a community-based exercise program; When Sports Rules go ‘Rong from Liam Lenten, which explores role of rules in professional sports; Blackfellas Highway (w/t) from Jillian Garvey, senior research fellow at the Department of Archaeology and History, about the history of Indigenous Australians’ occupation and use of the Murray River; and SexTech from research officer Alexandra James, which investigates how technology is transforming “the most intimate human experience.

The Reel Smart pitch will take place as part of the AIDC 2020 Session program on March 3.

Raw Data, Real Stories bring non-fiction storytellers and journalists together with technologists and data visualization experts to pitch a new work, with AU$40,000 in development funds from Google News Initiative up for grabs.

The four projects selected are: Hooked: The numbers behind Australia’s gambling obsession from ABC News, which tells the story of “gambling’s grip on the nation”; The Impacts of Growing Cotton in the Murray-Darling Basin from The Conversation, about the issue of farming water-intensive crops in “Australia’s food bowl”; Accessing Abortion (w/t) from The Saturday Paper and Small Multiples, which explores how far people are traveling, and how much they’re spending, to access abortion; and SBS Labs’ Bill of Health: Counting the human cost of climate change, an interactive experience that centers the health impacts of Australia’s extreme weather events.

AIDC 2020 takes place March 1 to 3 at the State Library Victoria in Melbourne.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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