‘From Prison to Prime Minister’.
The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has unveiled the 10 feature documentary and factual series finalists that will present at its FACTory International Pitching Forum.
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, receiving expert industry feedback and potentially sealing financing deals on the spot. The live forum, to be held March 5, is open to all AIDC delegates and the public.
The full list of finalists:
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
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
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
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
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
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
THE GREATEST AIR RACE AND THE HEROES THE WORLD FORGOT
Astronaut Andy Thomas is on a mission to have his boyhood heroes recognized 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
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
AIDC 2019 runs March 3-6 at ACMI, Melbourne.