VICE, AIDC & Screen Australia Announce $50,000 Documentary Pitching Competition

 

Hello from AIDC,

In partnership with VICE and Screen Australia, we’ve just announced the second year of Pitch Australiana, a $50,000 short form documentary pitching competition to be held during AIDC 2019.

VICE & SCREEN AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCE SECOND YEAR OF DOCUMENTARY FUNDING, ALONGSIDE AIDC 2019 PITCH COMPETITION

 Today VICE, Screen Australia, and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), announced the second Pitch Australiana pitching competition, offering local filmmakers the chance to win a $50,000 commission for a short form documentary to be released on VICE.com.

The Pitch Australiana competition is open to early career Australian filmmakers that have at least one documentary production credit to their name.

Filmmakers will be pitching for the chance to secure funding for a production to be released through VICE’s lauded tent-pole digital documentary series, Australiana. The 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.

Four pitches will be selected to compete for the prize in a public pitching forum, given to a panel of VICE and wider documentary community representatives on Monday 4 March during AIDC 2019 in Melbourne. Entrance to watch the pitch will be free for student card holders.

Australiana is a series committed to presenting stories from the perspectives of Australian communities, individuals and subcultures that are overlooked or ignored. At its heart, it’s a way to offer a voice to those on the fringe.

 Shooting Cats was the winner of the pitching competition at AIDC 2018, with the project due for release in November. Directed by Inday Ford and produced by Dylan Blowen, Shooting Cats is an observational documentary that explores the catastrophic impact feral cats have on Australian wildlife and the complexities environmentalists face in their attempt to find solutions to this epidemic. Watch a teaser for the documentary here.

Previous Australiana episodes also feature teenage burnout stars in regional Victoria, the Indigenous queer experience in the Tiwi Islands, Australia’s medicinal marijuana black market, and a search for love in the outback.

Sally Caplan, Head of Content at Screen Australia says, “Our first edition of Pitch Australiana unearthed director Inday Ford who had only recently graduated from AFTRS and presented a wildly different perspective on a controversial subject. This year we’re looking for the next distinctive Australian story that has the potential to shine a light on a topic in a unique way, with access to great characters.”

Katy Roberts, (MEDIA GRAD!)  Head of Video at VICE Australia, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to return for another year with Pitch Australiana. The series is intended to be an ongoing, diverse portrait of modern Australia, so expanding the filmmakers and storytellers we are able to work with is essential to that mission. We’re very thankful to Screen Australia and AIDC for their ongoing support.

Alice Burgin, Conference Director of AIDC says “Pitch Australiana is literally where dreams are made! The generous contribution of Screen Australia and VICE make this a unique opportunity for a new generation of talent to come to AIDC and really be seen, heard and celebrated. We cannot wait to welcome them and their projects next March.” 

Call for pitch submissions is now open. The deadline for applications is 10 December, 2018.

An information session will be held at ACMI on Tuesday 13 November, 2018 and will be streamed live across the country.

For more information, full eligibility requirements, and to submit a pitch idea, please visit: www.vice.com/australianapitchcompetition

Finalists will be contacted in January 2019.

For more information on the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) visit: www.aidc.com.auEarly Bird Passes for AIDC 2019 on sale 18 October 2018.

For more information on Screen Australia visit: www.screenaustralia.gov.au

VICE media contact: Josh Gardiner, Head of Communications josh.gardiner@vice.com

AIDC media contact: Communications & Marketing Manager chris@aidc.com.au

 

Actuality Media is taking student crews to India, Belize and Vietnam

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This will work for your work attachment. We’ve had many students complete these tours with wonderful results. This is our facebook group to share experiences

Get into it!

Below is a program summary and link for more information.

Actuality Media leads global experiential education programs for people who want to tell stories that matter. Our students travel around the world to learn and practice the art of nonfiction storytelling. On each trip, students produce documentaries that feature the work of international changemakers during a month-long outreach. In 2019, Actuality Media is taking student crews to India, Belize and Vietnam. All the program details including behind-the-scenes photos and alumni reviews are at http://actuality.media/outreach.

Student Success: The Gnomologists in Byron Bay!

Congrats to second-year Media student Tristan Winter, whose film The Gnomologists has been selected for screening at the Byron Bay International Film Festival!

Tristan sent through this synopsis:

The locals of Gnomesville, Western Australia share the history and the conflicts they’ve faced with the ever-growing population of Gnomes.

Shot over 2 days, and edited over 7 months, I really wanted to create awareness of Gnomesville because there was a giant flood that went through there this year and washed away a lot of the Gnomes in the main section. So hopefully this film will inspire people to go to Gnomesville with a Gnome in hand and help the Gnomes rebuild what they’ve lost. #prayforgnomesville

The Gnomologists was produced as part of the Documentary as Action studio in 2017.

Internship Available – Global Reconciliation

This internship opportunity has a PR focus, but us savvy Media bods can cut across most disciplines — if interested, send a message to Victoria Baldwin: victoria.baldwin@globalreconciliation.org


Public Relations Officer (volunteer); Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship – Environmental Care

Key Duties:
– Creating public relations content (especially in relation to the Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Award)
– Creating and distributing social media content
– Attending weekly meetings

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Semester 2 (2018) Census Date this Friday

A quick reminder that this Friday 31 August is Census date: this is the last day that you can drop a class or cancel enrolment without financial penalty. There are no extensions on this date: if you drop a class beyond Friday, you’ll still be charged for it.
More info on Census date actions can be found here.

Study Tour opportunity – Chicago/New York

Check out this Study Tour opportunity, passed on by our friends in Photography:

The Chicago – New York Photography Tour provides students with an exciting alternative to traditional classroom based learning. It offers students with first hand experience of the shaping of knowledge through experience of the cultural, historical and contemporary aspects of art and photographic practice in the United States.

The course aims to develop student’s self-awareness and the ability to think critically about what they are experiencing and to keep effective written journals and visual diaries that are later sourced for writing an essay on their experience. Whilst in Chicago & New York, the tour will visit a number of major museums, contemporary galleries, artist’s studios and connect with working photographers to gain an understanding of both art and commercial areas. In Rocherster the tour will focus on the legacy and history of Kodak. Visits will include the Eastman Museum & the Rochester Contemporary Art Center

More details at this page.

Note that you cannot do this tour if you’re enrolled in our Flex studio, as the times overlap. But if you’re able and interested, the Tour would count for a 12 credit point University Elective.