The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) is launching a AU$25,000 pitching initiative for projects that blend documentary and gaming as part of its 2021 event.
State of Play, in partnership with Film Victoria, will take place Feb. 28 as part of AIDC’s Innovation Day, held on the first day of the conference.
The pitching event aims to strengthen and showcase the collaboration between non-fiction stories and gaming technologies to bring documentary games to life.
Four selected teams will pitch their concepts live to a jury of international and local experts. The winning team will be awarded $25,000 in development funding from Film Victoria to turn their vision into a playable reality.
Applications for State of Play are now open across Australia for non-fiction practitioners to submit a concept for a documentary game.
Selected project teams will receive mentoring from Kat Cizek, artistic director and co-founder of the Co-Creation Studio at MIT Open Documentary Lab, and Vassiliki Khonsari, co-founder of New York-based immersive games studio iNK Stories, to help them develop their concepts over the six-week period.
Cizek is also a two-time Emmy and Peabody-winning documentarian working across emergent platforms.
AIDC will also present its Interactive/Immersive Documentary Award, which includes a $3,000 cash prize presented by Jumpgate and Deakin University.
Entries for submissions to the inaugural AIDC Awards are now open.
Innovation Day, presented by Film Victoria, will include special guest speakers Tabitha Jackson (Sundance Film Festival director) and two-time Emmy-winning documentarian Lynette Wallworth to discuss the future of documentary.
Victoria’s Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said in a statement: “This world-leading initiative gives our renowned factual storytellers and games developers the opportunity to join forces, learn from each other and explore the untapped possibilities of documentary games.”
AIDC 2021 will run in a entirely online format from Feb. 28 to March 3.
Photo: AIDC 2020, courtesy of AIDC