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AACTA Pitch: Isolation in partnership with Monster Pictures Winners Revealed

4 December

AACTA today revealed the winner of AACTA Pitch: Isolation in Partnership with Monster Pictures; Australia’s ultimate horror and genre film development initiative focusing on original horror or elevated genre feature film concepts. Following the final pitching competition at AACTA ScreenFest, Jordan Watton and Julia Corcoran have been announced the winners of $10,000 in development funds and an exclusive distribution deal with Monster Pictures.

Writer and director Jordan Watton and producer Julia Corcoran’s winning concept Burning demonstrated clear planning around financing, marketing, and audience development, resonating strongly with many rural Australians with the premise centered around “A low-achieving outsider who works as volunteer firefighter ignites a series of deadly blazes throughout bushfire season in his small town in rural Australia.”

Jordan Corcoran said of the experience:

“The experience of AACTA Pitch: ISOLATION has been invaluable in driving the team to lift Burning to be market ready. The resources provided and collective experience of Monster Pictures, AACTA and Lexlab have assisted us in developing a feature film pitch with not just strong creative but with a consideration of how it would fit in the Australian marketplace."

The AACTA Awards are supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. 


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AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel Ceremony will be on Foxtel Arts, Sunday 6 December at 7.30pm AEDT. Australia Decides: AACTA’s Best of the Decade is a reimagined broadcast celebrating a decade of Australian screen and highlights from the 2020 AACTA Awards on Foxtel Arts, Sunday 6 December at 9.30pm AEDT.


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