Frontline Rangers Triumphs at AIDC FACTory

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) revealed the winners of the AIDC FACTory pitch prizes during the 2024 AIDC awards ceremony, taking place in Melbourne, Australia.

Frontline Rangers, a documentary that explores how indigenous rangers combine traditional practices with modern technology to address environmental challenges, won two free accreditations for Sunny Side of the Doc 2024.

Frontline Rangers was pitched in the FACTory New Talent Showcase, AIDC’s international pitching showcase for new documentary and factual projects. The New Talent category gathered 6 projects coming from all over the world, including Replica (Best Global Pitch 2024), Life in the Shadows (Best New Voices Pitch at Sunny Side of the Doc 2023) and Copan (Sunny Side of the Doc 2023).

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The Australian documentary directed by David Cook, relates the story of indigenous rangers combining traditional practices with future technology to provide globally significant solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.

Frontline Rangers is produced by New Dream Productions with Regen Studios & Margee Brown (Australia).

Projects in competition

  • Spreadsheet Champions directed by Kristina Kraskov (Australia)
  • Downhill Kargil directed by Nupur Agrawal & Shivajee Biswanath (India)
  • Copan directed by Carine Wallauer (France)
  • Frontline Rangers directed by David Cook (Australia)
  • Life in the Shadows directed by K.D (Afghanistan, Germany)
  • Replica directed by Chouwa Liang (China, Australia, Denmark)

AIDC x Sunny Side of the Doc

This year’s conference had a special French Focus, featuring sessions on collaboration and co-production, and the participation of French decision makers representing leading markets, production, and broadcasters, presented by the Embassy of France in Australia.

In June 2024, Australia will also be in the spotlight for the 35th anniversary edition of Sunny Side of the Doc. A programme will be entirely dedicated to Australia, co-produced with French and Australian institutions and organisations. This focus-event will notably include an Australian pavilion, matchmaking sessions with producers from the country, and will welcome Australian industry professionals from the First Nation association.