Sessions

Errol Morris' Wormwood ... like producing 3 films at once

Producing Masterclass with Robert Fernandez
Fernandez gives an A to Z masterclass on developing, budgeting and making his Netflix opus with Errol Morris
MASTERCLASS
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The Art of Cutting it Fine

Editing Masterclass with Erin Casper
An exclusive editing masterclasses with acclaimed editor Erin Casper in which she shares her creative processes in the art of character and story construction
MASTERCLASS
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Moving Mountains

Distributing Australia's highest grossing documentary
How an experimental side project became the highest grossing Australian documentary in box office history
PANEL
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Who's Who in the Zoo

Meet our menagerie of international decision makers
AIDC’s Zoo-Keeper parades our visiting international decision-makers, and gives insider advice on how to engage these ‘elusive animals’
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Trust Me, I'm a Filmmaker

Interrogating documentary ethics and duty of care dilemmas
Filmmakers discuss the considerations and challenges faced when filming real people in the real world
PANEL
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Risk: The Art of Commissioning

In Conversation with Sara Ramsden
Known for her bold yet intuitive commissioning, Sara Ramsden gives a masterclass in risk-taking.
MASTERCLASS
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I'm a Programmer: Ask Me Anything!

In conversation with Dorota Lech, programmer TIFF & Hot Docs
From festival programming to industry forums: Hot Docs' Dorota Lech opens up to AIDC’s Conference Director Alice Burgin about the festival world
IN CONVERSATION
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Behind the BBC: The Commissioner Will See You Now

In Conversation with Mandy Chang
Storyville Commissioning Editor, Mandy Chang, on what gets BBC's documentary commissioning juices flowing
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Magic Beans

Rethinking Feature Doc Funding
Long-form documentary is hot, how can Australian funding models keep up? How can we future-proof feature doc funding?
PANEL
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Dark PR - In the Line of Fire

Managing the backlash when your film speaks truth to power
Prash Naik explores the use of Dark PR against filmmakers and reveals how best to protect your film and subjects
IMPACT KEYNOTE
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The Evolution of Impact

A guide to the new era of deeper change through documentary
How do we build stronger alliances and create impact campaigns that engage audiences on issues, to create lasting change?
PANEL
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Long Distance Relationships

Pulling together a successful international commission
How to secure a commission with overseas broadcasters and how domestic producers can kick-start international co-productions
PANEL
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Beyond Broadcast & Cinema

Australian filmmakers navigating global streaming platforms
In conversation with Kitty Green and Dan Fallshaw, two Australian documentary filmmakers navigating and doing business with global distribution platforms
IN CONVERSATION
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So You Think You've Got an Idea?

Meet and pitch to the biggest producers of Australian TV
The biggest brains in Australian TV development share secrets to help you, and them, get more Australian content on our screens
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Going Hunting: Is Arts an Endangered Species?

Meet buyers protecting arts on our crowded screens
Three champions of arts programming explore opportunities to get your arts programs made and seen
PANEL
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Dramatic Narrative in Journalism

Masterclass with Sarah Ferguson and Deb Masters
Award-winning partnership on their creative journalistic process for producing powerful documentaries
MASTERCLASS
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Journalism Plus

The role of the doc in high-stakes storytelling
Around the world, the relationship between video and journalism is developing in unexpected ways
PANEL
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Retracing: Crafting Story in Audio Documentary

Masterclass with the creative team behind podcast Trace
The journalist, producer and sound designer unpack their crafting of Walkley winning Trace - an investigative documentary podcast
MASTERCLASS
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What’s the Buzz?

International Factual Round Up from WCSFP
A presentation from the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers of what’s new and outstanding in the world of factual
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VR, Emerging Media and the Future of Storytelling

Keynote with global new media expert Ingrid Kopp
Tribeca Film Festival's Ingrid Kopp shares her perspective on the possibilities of interactive non-fiction storytelling
KEYNOTE
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Getting seen in VR

Meet the VR/AR exhibitors and distributors
An in-depth discussion of the current market opportunities and pathways to audience for VR and interactive content
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Brand + Filmmaker = Story

Finding the sweet spot between brand finance and documentary
Producers are partnering with major brands to make documentaries; what are the mechanics of making this work for great stories?
PANEL
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Breaking Ground 1

In Conversation with Trisha Morton-Thomas
A rigorous yarn with leading storyteller Trisha Morton-Thomas on the power of documentary to change perceptions.
IN CONVERSATION
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Breaking Ground 2

Meet and greet for Indigenous filmmakers
Lunchtime informal get-together for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates. All AIDC delegates welcome.
BREAKOUT LUNCHTIME SESSION
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Formats on Fire

ABC, SBS and Sara Ramsden discuss factual formats
What sort of formatted factual do our public broadcasters want, and why? When and how can foreign remakes work well here?
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Innovate Now: Rethinking Factual TV

Broadcasters on Innovation, Form and New Technologies
Commissioners want innovative ideas, but what does this mean? And how are new technologies evolving the shape of factual storytelling?
PANEL
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Meet the Man from STAN

In Conversation with Rob Gibson
Meet SVOD STAN's Head of Originals, pick his brains, and hear STAN's plans and appetite for non-fiction
IN CONVERSATION
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Bitching at Pitching

How to sell everything, including yourself
You can have the best idea in the world but if you can't pitch it brilliantly, you're dead in the water.
WORKSHOP
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Trans-Tasman Story Pitch

Teams pitch NZ/Aus co-pros, competing for $200k from NZ On Air
Project teams pitch to broadcasters in the hope of securing interest, to unlock matched funding from NZ On Air and Australian agencies.
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Finding Your Audience

Down the Rabbit Hole of Digital and Social Platforms
Audiences are splintering, yet online content can reach far and wide - how do you find and grow your audience in this abyss?
PANEL
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Impact Strategy Hack: Brazen Hussies

Developing an impact strategy for a new documentary
A crack-team panel will join the filmmakers of Brazen Hussies to explore impact and distribution strategies for their forthcoming documentary
IMPACT
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ACMI Conversations: A Thin Black Line

A case study in cultural and creative collaborations in VR
Meet the creative team behind A Thin Black Line, an animated documentary created in interactive real-time Virtual Reality.
VR PLUS
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Getty Images Workshop

Telling Stories with Archives
Practical workshops about the Getty Images archive library and the best way for you to use it.
WORKSHOP
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Screen Australia Enterprise Information Session

Presented by Screen Australia
Join Screen Australia's Elena Guest and learn about the Enterprise program.
BREAKOUT INFORMATION SESSION
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Screenrights Information Session

Presenting the new Cultural Fund
Maha Ismail from Screenrights discusses the new Cultural Fund and how it can benefit you.
BREAKOUT INFORMATION SESSION
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DocPlay Information Session

Come and hear from DocPlay’s CEO and Creative Director about the unique model they have created to take documentary content direct to audiences.
BREAKOUT INFORMATION SESSION
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Demand Film information Session

Smart Marketing and Smart Contracts
Taking your Australian Documentary to a global audience with Smart Marketing and Smart Contracts
BREAKOUT INFORMATION SESSION
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