By Travis Johnson

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

Shooting Cats
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.


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