For All Practitioners

AIDC 2019 begins on Sunday 3 March, kicking off four jam-packed days of professional development sessions, discussion, networking and business meetings.

Themed around The Bigger Picture, the program has been developed for the benefit of all documentary, factual and non-fiction practitioners working across media as diverse as theatrical, television, streaming, interactive and podcasting.

This year the conference will welcome over 700 attendees – the most since 2003 – including many first-time, early-career, Indigenous and culturally diverse delegates as a result of AIDC’s unique Leading Lights Fund and Indigenous Creators Program.

This year, 47% of delegates are attending for the first time, 33% are early career, 58% are female, 7% are Indigenous, and 11% are international.

A Focal Point For PRODUCERS And Industry

The number and diversity of delegates reflects a broader surge of interest in multi-platform factual storytelling and a renewed urgency in documenting the truth of our changing world.

While traditional funding support becomes harder to come by, new opportunities expand and more practitioners are attracted to the fold by the myriad storytelling options available.

As a focal point for practitioners and the industry, AIDC presents the best opportunity to come together and discuss the current state and future of the industry, to find solutions to problems, and to begin collaborations and relationships that last beyond the conference.

Having unlocked over a quarter of a million dollars in commissions and professional development funding, AIDC 2019 is also the place to celebrate the successes of AIDC’s marketplace, pitching and industry development initiatives.

This year, AIDC will play host to:

288 Cut to the Chase Pitch Meetings between producers and decision makers

46 new project pitches across our Meet Your Maker: XR Marketplace, Sound it Out, Pitch Australiana, Untold Australia, Reel Smart Academic Pitch, Raw Data Real Stories, and The FACTory International Pitching Forum initiatives.

41 Leading Lights Fund recipients, including early career and culturally and linguistically diverse practitioners

50+ Indigenous practitioners

48 Industry & Cultural Partners

18 Decision Maker Roundtables

7 ACCESS Mentorship Program mentees

700 delegates and counting…


Attendees will enjoy over 60 masterclasses, panels, screenings, social events and marketplace sessions across the four days, ensuring something for absolutely every delegate.

For those who want to understand the current state of the non-fiction screen sector, and to get a preview of where it’s going and who will be making the stories that matter in the future, AIDC 2019 is an unmissable gathering.

For those attending AIDC 2019, we look forward to welcoming you. For those yet to register, there’s still time. To avoid missing out, register today and join the AIDC community at ACMI, 3-6 March 2019.


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