Finalists Announced for AIDC Doco Pitching Forum


The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has announced the 10 feature documentary and factual series finalists taking part in The FACTory International Pitching Forum, presented by Film Victoria, during AIDC 2019 (3-6 March, ACMI, Melbourne).

Producer and director teams will pitch each project to an assembled group of top-level buyers, commissioners, and distributors at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge Auditorium on Tuesday 5 March, receiving expert industry feedback and potentially sealing financing deals on the spot.


29 YEARS EIGHT DAYS – An intimate portrait of internationally renowned Australian artist Matt Doust, who died suddenly from an epileptic fit in 2013. Director: Matt de Koning. Producer, Co-Director: Brooke Silcox. Executive Producer: Ian Hale. (Australia)

A PLACE TO STAND – A deeply personal journey investigating how violence manifests in relationships, families, and communities, by seeking to uncover the secrets surrounding a horrific tragedy. Director: Tess Hutson. Producer: Jane Robertson. Executive Producer: Jonathan Auf Der Heide. (New Zealand/Australia)

CARBON: AN UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY – The ultimate biography of Carbon – the most talked about but least understood element on Earth. Writer, Director: Daniella Ortega. Producer: Kate Pappas. Executive Producer: Sonya Pemberton. (Australia)

CARRY ON – Six disabled twenty-somethings have four short weeks and limited cash to experience an iconic Euro summer in a rite of passage that will challenge their independence and sense of humour. Producer: Stephanie Dower. Producer: Breanna Roe. (Australia)

FROM PRISON TO PRIME MINISTER – Jailed Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim returns from his life behind bars and sets out on a quest to become Malaysia’s next Prime Minister. Director, Producer: Lina Teoh. Assistant Prodcuer: Syakirah Ahmad. DOP: Wong Chin Hor. (Malaysia)

GLORIA TO MY DYSPHORIA – Would your relationship survive a sex change? A raw, intimate and confronting ride into a relationship where little remains constant, challenging audiences to explore the fluidity of their own gender and sexual identity. Producer: Cody Greenwood. Co-Director, Writer: Frances Elliott. Co-Director, Writer: Samantha Marlowe. (Australia)

THE GREATEST AIR RACE AND THE HEROES THE WORLD FORGOT – Astronaut Andy Thomas is on a mission to have his boyhood heroes recognised among the world’s greatest aviators for their pioneering 1919 flight from England to Australia. Producer: Lainie Anderson. Director: Susan Harrington. Executive Producer: Carolyn Johnson. 

MOZART’S SISTER/HIDDEN FROM HISTORY – What if Mozart’s sister composed some of his works? A dramatic musical investigation that turns our gaze to the unrecognised female creators of our time. Producer, Director: Madeleine Hetherton-Miau. Producer: Rebecca Barry. 

RAW: THE GLOBAL FIGHT TO SAVE REAL CHEESE – Under our noses, some of the world’s greatest cheeses are disappearing, but a fight to save them is brewing. Writer, Director, Producer: Sean Cousins. Executive Producer: Michael McMahon. (Australia)

SMALL ISLAND BIG SONG – Small Island Big Song is a theatrical musical documentary, reuniting the ancient seafaring cultures of Austronesia through song. Director: Brian Hill. Co-director: Tim Cole. Producers: John Cherry, Kirsten Mallyon, Tim Parish. Executive Producer: Harry Bardwell. (Australia/Germany)

Held in a live forum setting and open to all AIDC delegates and the public, The FACTory is the cornerstone of the AIDC documentary and factual content marketplace and provides a dynamic opportunity for producers to make a real impression with their pitch. 

It also provides an invaluable learning opportunity for filmmakers interested in the art of pitching and in discovering just what it is that commissioners and buyers are looking for in the current market.

The FACTory complements AIDC’s more intimate Cut to the Chase pitching marketplace, in which producers are carefully matched with the decision makers most relevant to their projects in short pitch meetings. Cut to the Chase submissions are open to registered AIDC delegates only, and close 31 January.



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