15 November 2017
A program with a strong focus on market opportunities for Australian factual filmmakers will be the hallmark of the 2018 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).
Registrations for AIDC 2018, to be held March 4 - 7 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne are now open.
Drawing on the Conference theme ‘Southern Exposure’, Conference Director Alice Burgin said AIDC 2018 is where Australian voices in documentary get to shine:
“AIDC 2018 will bring new buyers to market and match them more efficiently with Australian producers, explore the most important developments in factual through world-class speakers and creators, and ensure the longevity of the local industry by ushering in new documentary talent. It’s about making sure Australian filmmakers can keep telling great stories, and the Australian industry remains a leader in documentary and factual production.”
Ms Burgin also announced AIDC 2018’s first headline guest, Sara Ramsden, newly-appointed Creative Director of Love Productions (UK), the production company responsible for Filthy Rich & Homeless, as well as the multi award-winning The Great British Bake-off and Muslims Like Us. Previously at Channel 4, Ms Ramsden is one of the world’s top commissioning editors of high-rating factual formats.
A strengthened AIDC Marketplace will offer a range of opportunities for documentary filmmakers to engage with international and domestic markets.
Announced today are the first key Decision Makers in the Marketplace, led by Australian streaming powerhouse STAN, and major international players ARTE France, National Geographic, BBC Storyville, Al Jazeera, CuriosityStream and world-renowned distributor of theatrical feature documentaries, Dogwoof.
AIDC delegates with an All Access Pass can meet these Decision Makers in the new Cut to the Chase pitching market. Replacing Speed Pitching, Cut to the Chase is a curated marketplace carefully matching documentary and factual producers with local and international Decision Makers. The deadline for submitting pitches for consideration is 5 February 2018.
AIDC’s international pitching forum The FACTory also returns for 2018, this time with the added incentive of The Unfinished Prize for Documentary. Teams of producers pitch documentary and factual projects to a panel of Decision Makers in a public arena setting with the aim of obtaining funding, pre-sales and co-production support. Two international projects pitched in the 2017 FACTory, The Last Guardian (Bhutan) and Lady of the Harbour (China) have since gone on to screen at IDFA.
All Australian pitches in The FACTory will also compete for the inaugural Unfinished Prize, to be presented to the best pitch and comprising $10,000 cash from Wide Open Road Coffee Roasters, and $40,000 in advertising from Schwartz Media, publishers of The Saturday Paper and The Monthly.
More pitching opportunities come in the form of Pitch Australiana, a new competition presented by AIDC, VICE and Screen Australia. Early career Australian filmmakers will pitch a short documentary project idea in the hope of securing a $50,000 commission for a new work to screen on VICE.com and SBS Viceland.
These opportunities will be complemented by AIDC’s returning program of Roundtables – gathering small groups of producers for intimate sessions with key Decision Makers – and a vibrant Networking program of social events, business lunches and mixers.
The full AIDC 2018 program of more than 30 sessions and more than 100 speakers and decision makers will be announced in the coming months.