AIDC 2017, The FACTory international pitching event.  (L) Nikki Heyman (US) Coordinating Producer, American Documentary | POV and (r) Kate Townsend (UK) former Editor, StoryvilleBBC Storyville, now with Netflix.

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has launched the $50,000 Unfinished Prize for Documentary, designed to facilitate and promote new documentary projects.

The new prize is to be awarded to the best pitch for an in-development documentary feature film, one-off or series at the FACTory International Pitching Forum at AIDC 2018.

It will consist of $10,000 cash, from Wide Open Coffee Roasters, and a $40,000 film advertising plan in The Saturday Paper.

“The Unfinished Prize reinforces the importance of documentary in bringing to light significant issues and in increasing our understanding of the world through deep and engaging narratives. It’s wonderful to have the support of Wide Open Road and The Saturday Paper whose generosity will ensure a deserving project gets made and seen by a wide audience,” said AIDC conference director Alice Burgin.

To be eligible for the prize, projects must be selected to pitch in The FACTory, for which applications will be open October 4 to December 18.

The FACTory International Pitching Forum will be held March 6 2018.

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