Melbourne-based Sweetshop & Green has appointed Alice Burgin as its newest documentary/factual executive.
Burgin (pictured) has extensive experience in the non-fiction realm. She has previously served as CEO/conference director of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), where she oversaw more than one million dollars (Australian) of project funds and skills development training invested into the doc and factual sector. She also oversaw the creation of initiatives such as the Cut to the Chase curated marketplace and the Indigenous Creators Program.
Burgin has programmed for a number of film festivals (including work as associate shorts programmer at Tribeca Film Festival) and sat on numerous juries, including Hot Docs, Doc Aviv and Doc Edge NZ. She chairs the Department of Film and Animation Course Advisory Committee for the Swinburne University of Technology and has been a member of a number of Creative Victoria assessment panels.
“After spending six years within the walls of AIDC, I have experienced first-hand the overwhelming talent and audacity of our documentary and factual community,” she notes. “This new role feels like a dream come true – allowing me to take the logical next step towards finding and nurturing new and diverse talent to tell powerful true stories with international appeal.”
Sweetshop & Green also announced the promotion of Ester Harding to the head of drama role.
Gal Greenspan, co-managing director of Sweetshop & Green, said in a statement: “I’ve always believed a company is only ever as strong as its talent. And so, we feel honored to be at this stage in Sweetshop & Green’s journey and to be able to entice talent to our team as remarkable as Alice and Ester. These are two strong and incredibly driven creative filmmakers who will ensure Sweetshop & Green continues to evolve and develop a range of fascinating projects.”
Burgin’s role at Sweetshop & Green is supported by Screen Australia’s Enterprise People funding program.