Leading Lights

Leading Lights Fund

A philanthropic fund for emerging and diverse documentary practitioners

We believe that a diversity of voices and perspectives is vital for a healthy screen industry. 

To this end, AIDC’s Leading Lights Fund is designed to enable early career, Indigenous and CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) practitioners with the opportunity to attend the AIDC conference.

The goal is to bring new voices to the table, enrich the documentary and factual community, and build the foundations for the future of the industry.

"Giving new filmmakers a chance to attend AIDC is a fabulous opportunity to gain experience and build lasting relationships. If only this had been around when we were emerging!" 
Rebecca Barry, Producer, Media Stockade

Become a Leading Light

If your organisation would like to help usher in the next generation of nonfiction screen content creators, please visit our DONATE page or email natasha@aidc.com.au.

AIDC is a registered charity with DGR status, and your donation is tax deductible. 

β€œHelping to foster new talent in the nonfiction sector ultimately benefits us all. The team at Beyond is proud to support this great initiative.”
Mikael Borglund, CEO and MD, Beyond International

2019 Leading Lights

AIDC welcomes new and returning benefactors to the Leading Lights Fund in 2019, beginning with:

Fulcrum Media Finance

Funds pledged for πŸŽ¬πŸŽ¬πŸŽ¬ practitioners

2018 Leading Lights

Thanks to these stellar organisations, the Leading Lights Fund introduced 26 diverse voices and perspectives to AIDC 2018:

Beyond International 🎬🎬🎬

Fulcrum Media Finance 🎬🎬🎬

Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ) 🎬🎬

Fremantle Media 🎬🎬

ITV Studios 🎬🎬

Joined Up Films 🎬🎬

Northern Pictures 🎬🎬

Artemis Media 🎬

Blackfella Films 🎬

Bronte Pictures 🎬

Essential Media 🎬

Eyeline Films 🎬

Fredbird Entertainment 🎬

Media Stockade 🎬

Projector Films 🎬

Screenrights 🎬

Wildbear Entertainment 🎬

Applying to Access the Fund

Applications for eligible early career and diverse filmmakers who have not attended AIDC before will open in November 2018 to access funds for AIDC 2019.

An Industry Committee will assess applications and award successful applicants with an AIDC Focus Pass, valued at $605 (inc GST).

A Focus Pass provides access to all AIDC Sessions, Panels, and Masterclasses, and observer access to The FACTory Pitching Forum, but excludes participation in the AIDC Marketplace.

Subscribe to the AIDC eNews for Leading Lights Fund updates and application deadline announcements.

β€œBeing a part of the Leading Lights program was amazing and helped me realise there are so many doors just waiting to be opened.”
Tegan Rodgers, Leading Lights participant 2018