VICE, Screen Australia and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) have launched a new pitching competition, Pitch Australiana, which offers Australian filmmakers a shot at a $50,000 commission for a short form documentary. The winning film will be hosted on VICE.com and will air on SBS VICELAND as part of the Australian documentary series.
Early career Australian filmmakers with a minimum of one documentary production credit to their name are invited to compete. Four pitches will be shortlisted to compete in a public pitching session with a panel of
representatives from VICE and the documentary sector at AIDC in Melbourne on Tuesday 6 March, 2018.
Liz Stevens, Head of Documentary at Screen Australia, said “Pitching to the marketplace is such an important part of financing documentaries and Australians don’t often have the opportunity to practice a public pitch on home turf. So not only will there be a chance for a number of teams to hone their pitching skills at AIDC but one of those teams will also be commissioned to produce a short film for VICE’s Australiana slate. This represents an incredible opportunity for a local creative team to tell a true story in a truly multi-platform way.”
Katy Roberts, Head of Video at VICE Australia, enthused, “We are so excited to be able to work with Screen Australia and AIDC to expand the Australiana series through working with new, local filmmakers. After really strong and meaningful launch episodes, we’re committed to the series being an ongoing, diverse portrait of modern Australia. We can think of no better way to do that than diversifying the Australian storytellers we work with.”
Submissions are now open, with a deadline of January 11, 2018. Hit up the official site for full details and conditions.