AIDC Reveals 15 Projects Selected for 2024 FACTory International Pitching Showcase – AIDC is thrilled to reveal the 15 projects and teams selected to take part in The FACTory International Pitching Showcase, held at The Edge, Fed Square, during AIDC 2024 (3-6 March, ACMI, Melbourne / Naarm).

Proudly presented by VicScreen and now in its ninth year, The FACTory is AIDC’s centrepiece pitching event for new documentary and factual projects.

This year, The FACTory will feature project teams representing 12 nations pitching to local and international commissioning editors, broadcasters, streamers, sales agents, distributors, funders, and festivals, participating both in-person and virtually.

The FACTory includes three strands: Central Showcase, New Talent Showcase and Rough Cut Showcase, providing opportunities for projects featuring new and stablished talent, and at a range of stages of development.

Selected by an international assessment committee for their authentic stories, unique perspectives, and strong market potential, the shortlisted Central and New Talent teams will present their work to decision makers and an audience of AIDC delegates at Fed Square’s iconic The Edge auditorium on Tuesday 5 March 2024.

“AIDC is so proud to present this stellar lineup of projects for the 2024 FACTory International Pitching Showcase. The selections traverse a diverse mix of bold and unique stories from Australia, India, Brazil, Afghanistan, France, China, the Philippines and New Zealand,”

– said AIDC CEO / Creative Director, Natasha Gadd.

“Following pitch training from our esteemed mentors, these projects will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a world-class line up of decision makers for the chance to secure market support as well as a number of pitch prizes from our International market partners. On behalf of AIDC and Principal Partner VicScreen, we congratulate all teams and wish them luck in their pitch at AIDC 2024!”

CENTRAL SHOWCASE PROJECTS

CHASING THE LAST GIANTS

Married couple Steve Pearce and Dr. Jen Sanger photograph striking ‘giant tree portraits’ around the world on their quest to save Tasmania’s Grove of Giants from being lost forever.

Writer/Director/Producer: Joseph Nizeti; Writer/Producer: Rob Innes

Cosmic Breakfast and Mashup Pictures (Australia)

CAMELS OF THE SEA

Facing rampant and often illegal industrialization on India’s western coast, a nomad called Adam Abderrehman struggles to keep his family, his swimming camels and his sense of self together.

Director: Vikram Singh; Producer: Mandakini Gahlot

Elefant Films (India)

STREETSIDE

Set against the glittering Sydney skyline, young doctor Daniel Nour and his team convert ambulances to streetside clinics taking healthcare to those who are falling through the cracks.

Co-Directors: John-Paul McElwee and Pete Ward; Producer: Rebecca Bennett

Shooting FIlms (Australia)

AUNTY UNTITLED FILM

A coming of golden-age story following a group of Chinese women immigrants in the US, finding themselves in later life through dance, with the dream of performing on America’s Got Talent.

Director: Haohao Yan; Producer: Guo Guo

Aunty Untitled Film LLC (USA)

QUEENS OF CHOCOLATE

A character-driven series about women around the world finding environmental and social solutions to the issues that have beset the chocolate industry for centuries and now threaten its survival.

Director: Felicity Morgan-Rhind, Producer: Arani Cuthbert

Diva Productions (New Zealand)

THE HOUSE OF LOVE

The untold story of a musical revolution when Sydney was the dance party capital of the world.

Writer/Director: Mark Murphy; Producer: Michaela Perske

Pursekey Productions (Australia)

NEW TALENT PROJECTS

SPREADSHEET CHAMPIONS

Students from around the world give it their all in the biggest competition you’ve never heard of, the Excel Spreadsheet World Championships.

Director: Kristina Kraskov; Producer: Anna Charalambous

GoodThing Productions and Peculiar Pictures (Australia)

DOWNHILL KARGIL

In the Himalayan cold-desert of Kargil, Mehroon forms the first women’s ice-hockey team with local coach Imtiyaz. But with the threat of climate change and Mehroon migrating to Delhi, can Imtiyaz keep the team together?

Co-Director/Producer: Nupur Agrawal; Co-Director/Editor: Shivajee Biswanath

Autumn Wolves Media LLP, Camera & Shorts Media Pvt Ltd (India)

COPAN

Copan is a microcosm of everything Brazil stands for: the good, the bad and the ugly. This portrait of the largest residential building in Latin America and its inhabitants shines a light in a country being torn apart by a collapsing democracy.

Director: Carine Wallauer; Producer: Nabil Bellahsene

MVM and Clariô Filmes (Brazil) / Les Valseurs Bordeaux (France)

FRONTLINE RANGERS

Indigenous rangers are combining traditional practices with future technology to provide globally significant solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.

Director/Co-Producer: David Cook; Co-Producer: Margee Brown; Executive Producer: Anna Kaplan

New Dream Productions with Regen Studios & Margee Brown (Australia)

LIFE IN THE SHADOWS

Years after his classmates were massacred at his school, K.D. records the lives of Machid, who attends the same school, and Khatima, who works in the cemetery where the dead students are buried.

Director: K.D.; Producer: Ilyas Yourish

Kamay Films (Afghanistan, Germany)

REPLICA

With the widespread use of AI chatbots, young urban women in China are trying out a ‘neverending’ love affair with machines.

Director: Chouwa Liang; Producer: Andy Huang

Axel Rise Films (China, Australia), The Why Foundation (Denmark)

ROUGH CUT PROJECTS

THE REAL MEANING OF PLEASURE

A cancer patient living with Aspergers, his asexual, autistic sister and neuro-diverse niece set out to discover the true meaning of pleasure.
Director: Laneikka Denne; Producer: Adam Finney; Co-Producer: Tilly Towler

Barking Owl (Australia)

TOUCH THE COLOUR

A mother is serving life in prison for taking care of a missing boy. After more than 20 years, the kidnapped boy comes forward to set her free.
Director: Baby Ruth Vilarama; Producers: Chuck Gutierrez and Gary Kam; Editor: Jaye Jacinto

Voyage Studios (Philippines), Mirror & Story (South Korea)

YURLU | COUNTRY

YURLU | COUNTRY follows Banjima elder, Maitland Parker whose final wish is to heal a landscape devastated by mining. The country that once nourished him has made him terminally ill.

Writer/Director/Producer: Yaara Bou Melham; Producer: Lisa Main

Illuminate Films (Australia)

The projects have the opportunity to undertake intensive pitch training conducted by experienced screen practitioners, including Jane Mote, Editorial Consultant, The Whickers (UK), Zeynep Güzel, Filmmaker, Consultant and Head of Doc Station at Berlinale Talents (Germany), and Gary Byungseok Kam, Founder, Producer & Director, Mirror & Story (South Korea).

All projects in The FACTory 2024 will be eligible to win pitch prizes, including two complimentary festival passes to participate in Sheffield DocFest 2024 (Sheffield, UK), two complimentary passes to participate in Hot Docs Industry 2024 (Toronto, Canada), two complimentary passes to participate in DOK Leipzig 2024 (Leipzig, Germany), two complimentary passes to participate in Doc Edge 2024 (Auckland, New Zealand), two complimentary passes to participate in Docs by the Sea 2024 (Bali, Indonesia), and two complimentary passes to participate in Sunny Side of the Doc 2024 (La Rochelle, France).

Thanks to Getty Images and AIDC, project teams will also have access to a free selection of clips from the Getty Images online library of over 17.5 million clips to help them prepare their pitch.

Since the inaugural FACTory in 2016, international and local decision makers have backed a diverse range of projects across multiple genres, with more than 100 project teams participating in the pitching showcase.

For more information please visit: www.aidc.com.au.

The FACTory pitch will take place during AIDC 2024, held 3-6 March 2024 at ACMI, Melbourne / Naarm, with follow-up meetings happening in-person and also during the AIDC online international marketplace 7-8 March 2024.

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AIDC Reveals 15 Projects Selected for 2024 FACTory International Pitching Showcase