In a single, extraordinary day more than $2 million in donations was pledged to seven Australian feature-length documentaries on Wednesday.
The scale of the financial support stunned the organisers of the first Good Pitch Australia event, which aids social impact documentaries.
Equally surprised were the recipients. .I am speechless,. said producer Marguerite Grey
, who is collaborating with director Belinda Mason
on Constance on the Edge, which looks at the struggles of a Sudanese refugee, Constance Okot, and her six children in Wagga Wagga.
The docu was the biggest single recipient with pledges of more than $500,000 for the production and an initial outreach strategy which includes hosted regional film screenings and education and training resources.
Screen Australia provided $15,000 for research and development in March and in September Screen Nsw gave $10,000 for filming a trailer for Good Pitch and for broadcasters to help secure project finance.
However the ABC and Sbs rejected the producer's initial requests for investment,