Proudly presented by Film Victoria, AIDC’s pitching showcase for new documentary and factual projects – The FACTory – has returned for its sixth edition. This showcase will spotlight the most fascinating new projects from around the world, while providing exclusive access to key local and international decision makers looking for content.
Traditionally AIDC’s centrepiece event, The FACTory has been reconfigured to take place online in 2021. Shortlisted teams will have the opportunity to present their work in front of the largest ever contingent of international decision makers ever to participate in AIDC – including leading funders, streamers, and broadcasters, as well as key sales agents and distributors.
Alice Burgin, AIDC CEO and Conference Director, said: “We are exceptionally pleased that we can continue to grow and expand The FACTory in 2021. We know so many brilliant creative teams have been working hard over the last year to develop their slates and that they are hungry to pitch to the world’s best buyers. We can’t wait to see the incredible projects that will be unearthed and to support them on their journey to being made!”
Applications are open for projects including features, singles, and series (limited and returnable) across three key showcases: the Central Showcase, which has been designed to present experienced project teams to international decision makers, including commissioners, funders, streamers, networks, distributors, and sales agents; the New Talent Showcase, which presents the brightest new screen talents to decision makers and production companies around the world; and the Rough Cut Showcase, which has been designed to present projects that need to close financing gaps and secure sales, distribution and festival opportunities.
All submitted projects will be assessed by AIDC’s international assessment committee, including Abigail Priddle, (Commissioning Editor, BBC, UK), David Amiel (Commissioning Editor, France Télévisions, France), Ianeta Le’i (Senior Manager, Indigenous Program, Sundance Institute, USA), S. Leo Chiang (independent producer/director, Walking Iris Media, Taiwan/USA) and Jane Mote (Consultant Editor, The Whickers, UK).
Selected participants will have access to extensive online pitch training conducted by experienced screen practitioners, before having the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with key international and local decision makers.