The Australian International Documentary Conference’s (AIDC) showcase for new documentary and factual projects, The Factory, is returning for its sixth edition next year in an online format.
Applications are open for projects including features, singles, and series (limited and returnable) across three key showcases: the Central Showcase, intended for experienced project teams; the New Talent Showcase, which presents new screen talents to decision makers and production companies; and the Rough Cut Showcase, designed for projects that need to close financing gaps and secure sales, distribution and festival opportunities.
Submitted projects will be assessed by AIDC’s international assessment panel, including Abigail Priddle, commissioning editor, BBC; David Amiel, commissioning editor, France Télévisions; Ianeta Le’i, senior manager of the Sundance Institute Indigenous Program; Taiwan- and U.S.-based independent producer/director S. Leo Chiang of Walking Iris Media; and Jane Mote, consultant editor at UK-based The Whickers.
Shortlisted teams will present their work in front of what organizers say will be the largest ever contingent of international decision makers ever to participate in AIDC — including funders, streamers and broadcasters, as well as sales agents and distributors.
Selected participants will have access to online pitch training conducted by screen practitioners, before having one-on-one meetings with international and local decision makers.
Each year, selected AIDC partners award prizes to the strongest pitches presented as part of The Factory.
The Finch Prize, recognizing documentary storytelling from culturally diverse filmmakers, comprises four weeks of in-kind post-production facilities and/or services by Finch in Sydney, including grade, online and mastering to the value of AUD$45,000.
The winner of the Doc Edge (New Zealand) prize, meanwhile, will receive two complimentary all access passes to Screen Edge Forum. Toronto-based Hot Docs will also award a complimentary pass for one project to its 2021 event.
UK-based Sheffield Doc/Fest will present two complimentary industry accreditations for one project to its next festival, which will be delivered in a hybrid format in June 2021.
This year’s forum, presented by Film Victoria, will also include a separate prize for the New Talent Showcase, in which one team will be awarded two complimentary passes to Sunny Side of the Doc in France, in addition to a two-hour online mentoring session.
AIDC has partnered with Getty Images to provide applicants the footage clips they need to complete their application at no cost. The Getty Images offer is available to all teams pitching in The Factory as well as all live pitching sessions at AIDC 2021.
The next AIDC will run from Feb. 28 to March 3, 2021.
Photo (Left to right): Brigid O’Shea (moderator) with Em Baker and Sam Dinning pitching The Vinyl Records: Destroy Phallus Oppression at The Factory in 2020. Image courtesy AIDC.