2024 FACTory International Pitching Showcase: shortlist

2024 FACTory International Pitching Showcase: shortlist

15 projects and teams have been selected to take part in The FACTory International Pitching Showcase, at the Australian International Documentary Conference in March.

“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)

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 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
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)

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).

AIDC 2024 is held 3-6 March at ACMI, Melbourne / Naarm.