Sessions

More Than a Game

Sport, Race, Power
John Battsek and Ezra Edelman talk with Tracey Holmes about how they use sport as a universally accessible vehicle for exploring complex issues of race and power in film
Keynote In Conversation
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Archival Revival

A Masterclass in Archives
Producer John Battsek, Producer/Director Richard Lowenstein and Head of ABC Arts Mandy Chang dissect the art of archive
Craft Masterclass
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Short & Sharp

How to Make a Brilliant Short Documentary
A masterclass in short documentary filmmaking with The Guardian’s Head of Documentaries, Charlie Phillips
Craft Masterclass
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For Your Consideration

How Important are Awards Anyway?
Navigating the festival and awards circuit with producer Amy Hobby
Keynote
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Revolution or Evolution?

VR, Games and the Future of Documentary
Filmmaker and game developer Navid Khonsari considers how immersive technologies are revolutionising the documentary landscape
VR Plus Keynote
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Immersed in the Story

Virtual Reality and the Art of Narrative
Factual VR creators Navid Khonsari, Lynette Wallworth and Oscar Raby discuss the importance of story in developing a VR experience
VR Plus
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Northern Exposure

How local AR/VR producers can use the global market
Katy Morrison and Melanie Horkan talk doing business in the international AR/VR landscape
VR Plus
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Robin Anderson 'State of the Art' Address & Stanley Hawes Award

Three Sides to Every Story, with Mariam Veiszadeh
First given in 2003, AIDC welcomes back into the program the Robin Anderson ‘State of the Art’ address. Followed by the annual presentation of the Stanley Hawes Award.
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Shake It Up!

Reframe and reboot the system
A call to arms for early and mid-career game changers
Pre-Plenary Workshop
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Plenary: Times They Are A-Changin'

Reframing Our Industry
Game Changers and Policymakers come face-to-face to debate the impact of disruption and accelerated change and how our industry is responding
Plenary
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It's the Format, Stupid!

Insights into format creation
Format king Sanjay Singhal shares his tips on the business of format in this unique masterclass
Business Masterclass
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Political Documentary in a Post-Truth World

How Vital are the Virals?
Buzzfeed’s Nicola Harvey, filmmaker Anna Broinowski and journalist Matt Davis explore the connection between social media and the political documentary
Craft
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Gender, Tech & Resistance

New Challenges in the Impact Space
Misogyny. Fake News. Hacking. Fragmented audiences. Trolling. The ‘alt-right’. How and where do we take a stand and build trust as media makers and technologists?
Impact Keynote
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One Film to Save the World?

Exploring the Ecology of Impact
What are we setting ourselves up for as we define this new ‘impact space’ in the film sector? What can and can’t a film do and how do our films sit within a broader ecology of change making?
Impact
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Impact Strategy Hack

Building You a Better Campaign
A dream team of experts hack two documentary film campaigns with the goal of maximising impact and inspiring social change
Impact
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Stirring the Pot

The Role of Controversy in Factual Television
Adrian Swift (Nine Network) speaks in an exclusive one-on-one with Denise Eriksen (The Rights Exchange) about pushing boundaries to capture new audiences
Business
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Let's Get Factual

Thinking Identity in the Factual Space
ABC, SBS, Foxtel and NITV commissioners discuss what they're looking for in the factual space
Business
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True Crime, All the Time

Documenting the Dark Side
In this session, decision makers from A&E, Foxtel, ABC and SBS discuss our insatiable appetite for true crime
Craft
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An Affair to Remember

Partnership and Collaboration in Arts Broadcasting
Arts commissioners discuss the role of collaboration in bringing a project to life
Business
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What's the Buzz?

Presented by WCSFP
Highlights from the recent World Congress of Science and Factual Producers overview of what’s trending in factual content around the world
Business
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What’s So 'Special' About Specialist Factual?

Formatting Science, Nature and Society
What exactly defines specialist factual and where is it going in 2017? Find out in this special 'Meet the Decision Makers' session.
Business
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Indigenous Eye

New Pathways in Factual Content
In this 'Meet the Decision Makers' session, NITV, ABC and SBS discuss the future of Indigenous programming and content
Business
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Kids In Control

The Camera is in Their Hands!
When it comes to Kids Factual, what's flicking the switches of today's young digital natives?
Craft
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Desperately Seeking Distribution

Alternative Pathways to an Infinite Audience
Filmmakers Jeni McMahon and David Batty, distribution strategist Ella McNeill and ACMI Programmer Kristy Matheson discuss finding an audience in today’s adapt-or-die indie distribution landscape
Business
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The Cane Toad Cup Debate

You Can’t Take MEN Out Of Documentary
The Cane Toad Cup comedy debate returns to AIDC! Gender diversity is all the rage in film policy. This year we ask, “Are men really the problem?”
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Trailer Surgery

Perfecting the Art of the Cut
A Masterclass with Solid State Creative Director and Co-founder, Danny Lachevre
Craft
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Instant Documentary

So You Think You Know Live Video?
Why is real-time video is one of the hottest editorial trends - and opportunities - worldwide?
Innovation
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Fair Facts

Fair Use and Copyright for the Australian Filmmaker
An open discussion for Australian filmmakers to talk with Prof Patricia Aufderheide (USA) and Kingston Anderson (ADG) about the fairness of current fair use and copyright laws in Australia
Business
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This is Not a Documentary

What Grows Between the Cracks of Documentary and Narrative Storytelling?
ACMI’s Head of Film Programs, James Hewison, will lead panelists in tracing the emergence of the “hybrid film.”
Craft
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Australian Documentary in 2017: the right place and the right time?

Presented by Screen Australia
Graeme Mason explores how a deeply disrupted world holds opportunities for documentary makers looking forward to the future
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