AIDC and NZ On Air Announce Trans-Tasman Story Initiative

This year AIDC is partnering with New Zealand-based broadcast funding agency, NZ On Air, to call for nonfiction stories that reflect the unique Trans-Tasman relationship that exists between the two nations.

At AIDC 2018 (March 4-7, ACMI, Melbourne), up to five New Zealand/Australian co-productions will participate in a public pitching session to a panel of Australia’s top broadcasting commissioners to secure Australian funding, vying to access up to NZD $200,000 of matched funding from NZ On Air.

Participating broadcasters will include ABC, SBS, NITV, Viceland, Channel 7 and Channel 9, with a selection of New Zealand broadcasters also in attendance. Project teams will pitch to a broadcaster of their choice in the hope of securing the interest necessary to unlock matched funding from NZ On Air and Australian funding bodies.

“This initiative is a great opportunity to find important local stories that resonate on both sides of the Tasman. It provides an opportunity for NZ producers to collaborate with Australian producers and broadcasters. at a time when international co-production is an increasingly good option to get some projects into production,” said Jane Wrightson, Chief Executive, NZ On Air.

“At AIDC, we know that there are many things that Australian and New Zealanders share. We are bound by experiences that are historical, social, geographic and political. These experiences become our stories – unique tales that transcend national borders – and it is these stories that we hope to uncover through the Trans-Tasman pitch,” said Alice Burgin, Conference Director, AIDC.

The Trans-Tasman Story Pitch reflects the continuing success of AIDC’s documentary and factual content marketplace in expanding funding and co-production opportunities for Australasian producers. The initiative was triggered by the development of Essential Media’s six-part series Uncharted with Sam Neill, successfully pitched to NZ On Air at AIDC 2016 and due to screen on Foxtel’s History channel this year.

Trans-Tasman Story Pitch project entry criteria and a submission form can be found on the AIDC website. Applications close Friday 9 February at 5pm (AEDT).

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