12 Victorian producers, writers and directors have been announced for VicScreen’s inaugural Originate Factual.
The three-month initiative is designed to support homegrown talent to develop highend documentary series with global appeal.
Factual powerhouse Fatima Salaria, the former Managing Director of UK’s Naked Television, known for the UK’s Grand Designs and Planet Sex is facilitating the industry mentors.
Filmmaker and journalist Mobeen Azhar (The Trouble with Kanye) joins alongside UK director and Executive Producer Sandy Smith (BBC’s Panorama).
With support from Screen Australia, Originate Factual is a nationally unprecedented factual series initiative, unearthing talent who are looking to extend their feature documentary skills to the series format. The successful participants of the inaugural Originate Factual are:
• Sparsh Ahuja
• Alice Burgin
• Danny Braunstein
• Luke Clarke
• David Elliot Jones
• Corrine Innes
• Rob Innes
• Marta Jelec
• Chris Kamen
• Dan Lake
• Molly O’Connor
• Poppy Stockell
CEO of VicScreen, Caroline Pitcher said, “From award winning documentaries such as This is Going to Be Big, Franklin, and box-office hit John Farnham: Finding the Voice – it’s evident that we have incredible homegrown talent in the factual space. Originate Factual will work to cement Victoria as the nation’s leader of high-end documentaries series, that are set to resonate with audiences around the world.”
Originate Factual Facilitator, Fatima Salaria said, “We are in a golden age of Factual TV and the appetite for intelligent, illuminating and entertaining programmes isn’t diminishing. It is a privilege for me to spend time with these talented film makers to facilitate and collaborate on ideas that can turn into the next generation of returnable factual box set hits.”
Screen Australia Head of Documentary Alex West said, “When it comes to creating engaging and thought-provoking documentaries, we have been delighted to witness first-hand the breadth of talent coming out of Victoria. I am confident that through Originate Factual, with the support of VicScreen and the expertise that Fatima, Mobeen and Sandy bring to the table, this talented and varied cohort of Victorian producers, writers and directors will have a fantastic opportunity to develop their skills and gain the knowledge to cut through to audiences at home and beyond.”
Under Fatima, Mobeen and Sandy’s leadership, participants will be armed with extensive skills in series producing, developing a number of series throughout the program and undertaking a rigorous workshopping process to make them pitch ready.
All participants will be given the opportunity to put their pitch training into action with the initiative wrapping up with an official Pitch Day, attended by Stan, ABC, SBS, Fremantle and a range of potential co-production partners.
Four projects will be given $15,000 each in development funding, to take their pitch to the next level.
As part of the initiative, a number of the factual practitioners will be given the opportunity to develop their skills through paid and hands-on series producer placements at industry leading companies, including, Southern Pictures and WildBear Entertainment.
Additional factual powerhouses will participate in panels and in conversations throughout the program.
Originate Factual expands on VicScreen’s existing Originate Features and Originate Games programs—which are amplifying new voices and new ideas from diverse screen talent.