This year VICE teamed up with Screen Australia and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) for a new pitch initiative. The idea was simple: a lot of people want to make documentaries with us and we want to make that happen. So we created this fresh platform to let filmmakers approach us with ideas that speak to Australian communities, individuals, perspectives and subcultures that are overlooked or ignored.
The winner will secure $50,000 of funding for a production to be released through VICE’s lauded tent-pole digital documentary series, Australiana . Their short form documentary will be released through VICE’s global digital network, and will join previous Australiana films also broadcast on local TV channel SBS VICELAND.Today we’re excited to announce the four finalists who will compete for the grand prize in a public pitching session in front of a panel that includes acclaimed Australian documentary filmmaker Kitty Green ( Ukraine is Not A Brothel, Casting JonBenet); heavyweight producer Robert Fernandenz ( Wormwood, Fog of War); and representatives from VICE and Screen Australia.This pitch-fest will take place at AIDC in Melbourne at Deakin Edge in Federation Square on Tuesday 6 March, at 4.15PM.Sound like a cool way to spend an afternoon? Come along to check it out, it’s free.Photo by Stefan Postles.
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 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
The Making of Baker Boy — Fresh Prince of Arnhem
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