Fifteen project teams spanning nine nations will take part in The FACTory pitching showcase at this year’s AIDC.
Now in its eighth year, the Vicscreen-supported initiative for documentary and factual projects involves shortlisted teams presenting across three strands – Central Showcase, New Talent Showcase, and Rough Cut Showcase.
This year’s contingent features stories from Australia, the Philippines, New Zealand, Mongolia, United Arab Emirates, the US, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Germany.
The teams, which were selected by a panel of industry representatives, will have access to extensive pitch training conducted by experienced screen practitioners, including Nordisk TV & Film Fond documentary senior advisor Karolina Lidin, SBS international consultant Krishin Arora, and Documentary Association of Europe founder Brigid O’Shea.
At AIDC, they will present their ideas to a mix of national and international funders, broadcasters, streamers, sales agents, and distributors.
All projects in The FACTory will be eligible to win pitch prizes, including two complimentary festival passes to participate in Sheffield Doc/Fest 2023 (Sheffield, UK), two complimentary passes to participate in Hot Docs Industry 2023 (Toronto, Canada), two complimentary passes to participate in DOK Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany), and two complimentary passes to participate in Sunny Side of the Doc 2023 (La Rochelle, France).
AIDC CEO and creative director Natasha Gadd said the orgnanisation was proud to present the “stellar line-up” of “courageous and engaging stories”.
Fifty years after the Nimbin Aquarius Festival, newly uncovered archival footage and extensive interviews examine these ten days of social and cultural exploration that changed a generation. Director: Wendy Champagne, Oren Seidler Writer: Wendy Champagne Producer: Sam Griffin Tilt Media & Entertainment (Australia)
Bukal Bukal Henrietta Marrie sets out to return her family’s inheritance, but first she must face not only the British Museum that holds it, but also the worldwide racism that keeps it there. Director: Rhoda Roberts Writer: Rhoda Roberts, Julie Nihill Porducer: Julie Nihill Executive Producer: Henrietta Marrie AM EarthStar Films (Australia)
Framed A terrorist plot to blow up an iconic Sydney landmark, a global news story, a love triangle, and jail for an innocent overseas student are part of this untold Australian story. Producer/Writer/Director: Anupam Sharma Framed Film (Australia/Sri Lanka)
Love Safari Love Safari reveals a subversive natural world, where fact is stranger than fiction, where LGBTQIA+ species live without discrimination, where sexuality can be fluid – not fixed or static. Director/Producer: Randall Wood Producers: Madeleine Hetherton-Miau and Rebecca Barry Media Stockade & Storyland (Australia)
Stella: You Get Proud By Practicing When Stella Young died suddenly aged 32, she had the world at her fingertips. Learn more about this Australian icon who was a disability activist, comedian, feminist, and so much more. Director/co-producer: Sarah Barton Producer: Liz Burke Defiant Lives Productions (Australia)
The Climate Canary World-leading scientists working on the sea ice, discover subtle changes signalling huge challenges for Antarctica and our global coastlines. With hopeful honesty, they face climate change at work and home. Producer/director: Vanessa Wells Writer/researcher: Rebecca Priestley Editor: Richare Lord Elanti Media (New Zealand)
Winter Herd A new generation of nomadic herders revive one of Mongolia’s most dangerous winter rituals in a last ditch attempt to preserve their ancient way of life. Director: Kasimir Burgess Producers: Ben Golotta and Chris Kamen Repeater Productions (Australia/Mongolia)
NEW TALENT SHOWCASE PROJECTS
Architect Investigating the physical dimensions of trauma, refugee and architect Elahe Zivardar unravels six years of brutal detention by constructing a photo-realistic 3D simulation of Australia’s infamous Nauru Regional Processing Centre. Co-director/producer/editor: Jaydn Gosselin Co-director/executive producer/protagonist: Elahe Zivardar Producer: Jacob Fertig Denizen Studios & Shakiba Productions (Australia/USA)
Conversion A group of LGBTQIA+ Australians reveal how religious conversion therapies continue out of sight, causing trauma and suffering for vulnerable people. Director: Amelia Tovey Producers: Philippa Campey and Molly O’Connor Film Camp (Australia)
I Thought Jesus was Korean Forty years after her parents’ mass wedding at Madison Square Garden, a Kiwi-Japanese filmmaker seeks answers after learning her Korean Jesus was a fraud. Director: Elina Osborne Producer: Alex Lee Yalla Media (New Zealand)
Nothing Called Home Two survivors of the Christchurch mosque attack, Iraqi immigrants Adeeb along with his son, Ali, take us on their 24-year-long search to find a safe home for their family. Director: Arkus Producer: Gargi Chakrabarti Maurice & Morrise (UAE)
Untying The Knot In the Philippines, the last country outside the Vatican where divorce is illegal, women in troubled and abusive marriages risk their lives for freedom. Director/producer: Chona Mangalindan Producer: Anne Sobel Executive Producer: Rosie Garthwaite Mediadante & Monsoon Films (Philippines)
ROUGH CUT SHOWCASE PROJECTS
Ghost Boat Amena’s son was illegally trafficked by boat from southern Bangladesh. She teams up with trafficking survivor Abdus to retrace her son’s steps, exposing the impact of human trafficking on those left behind.| Director: Tanim Yousuf Director/cinematographer: Kauser Haider Producer: Patrick Hamm Bulldog Agenda & Mastul Productions (Bangladesh/USA/Germany)
Twilight Time The life and times of Desmond Ball, the barefooted academic from ‘down under’ hailed by Jimmy Carter as “the man who saved the world”. Writer/director/producer: John Hughes Producer: Philippa Campey Early Works (Australia)
Without Arrows (working title) Filmed with vérité intimacy over the course of twelve years (2011 – 2022), Without Arrows chronicles the choices, events, and relationships that shape a Lakota family’s legacy. Co-director/co-producer: Jonathan Olshefski Co-director/co-producer: Elizabeth Day Without Arrows LLC (USA