The shortlist for VICE and AIDC’s Pitch Australiana competition has been announced, with four filmmaking teams for $50K in funding to produce a short factual film that will be screened on SBS Viceland under their Australiana banner, and hosted on the global VICE digital network.
The four will compete in a public pitching session at AIDC in Melbourne on Tuesday, March 6, before a panel that includes Australian documentary filmmaker Kitty Green (Ukraine is Not A Brothel, Casting JonBenet); producer Robert Fernandenz (Wormwood, Fog of War); and representatives from VICE and Screen Australia.
And the finalists are:
A visceral, honest and apolitical exploration of the Aussie activist subculture.
Director: Mike Nayna
Producer: Mark Conway
In Australia, where feral cats kill a million birds every day, cat lovers and unlikely environmentalists are flying in the face of international outcry from the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Morrissey to kill for change.
Director: Inday Ford
Producer: Dylan Blowen
The Making of Baker Boy — Fresh Prince of Arnhem
The Fresh Prince of Arnhem Land, Baker Boy, Australia’s first hip hop star to sing in indigenous language, making an impact on the Balanda world.
Director: Tim Hillier
Producer: Jess Langley
Indigenous supervisor: Danzel Baker
In For The Ride
In a 100 year old travelling carnival, the fifth generation show kids are set to take over the reigns — but is this the future they want?
Director: Isabel Darling
Producer: Joshua Smith
Best of luck to all competing; we look forward to seeing your work.