See the Bigger Picture

We are pleased to finally announce the full program of Sessions, Speakers, Screenings, Events, Decision Makers and Marketplace opportunities for AIDC 2019, to be held at ACMI in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 3 March – Wednesday 6 March.

This year’s AIDC program encourages the Australian documentary and factual community to consider ‘the bigger picture’ when confronting the industrial and cultural challenges of digital disruption, funding scarcity and reactionary populism, finding instead opportunities, inspiration and reasons for optimism.

The AIDC 2019 program contains more than 40 panel sessions and masterclasses from over 60 speakers –  covering co-production, distribution, documentary craft and new technology – and complements a packed schedule of marketplace and pitching sessions (featuring over a quarter of a million dollars in commissioning and development funds, and 70 Decision Makers to meet with), plus an expanded public screening program.

"A World That Wants To Engage, Create and Work With Us"

“We’ve been reminded a lot in the last little while that the struggle for those working in the documentary and factual industry is real. While we do want to recognise this, AIDC also prides itself on being a beacon of hope, creating opportunities, building networks and supporting ideas,” said AIDC CEO & Conference Director, Alice Burgin.

“Our co-production strand is in part a way to highlight in our program that we do in fact live in a world that wants to engage, create and work with us. From Singapore to Sweden, international commissioners and producers will be speaking on sessions focusing on the opportunities for genuine collaborative outcomes – which is part of what the bigger picture is really all about.”

Getting People Talking

While sessions on working with broadcasters from Nordic countries, the USA and Asia extend AIDC’s international business scope, craft sessions with filmmakers and producers such as Sandi Tan (Shirkers), Diane Weyermann (An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power), Tom Brisley (Under the Wire) Al Hicks (Quincy), Eddie Martin (Have You Seen the Listers?), John Brown (Dynasties), Gabrielle Brady (Island of the Hungry Ghosts) and Tamra Simmons (Surviving R. Kelly), ensure that AIDC delegates will be hearing from the makers of projects that get people talking.

As Ms. Burgin notes, “We also want to remember – filmmaking can be fun! Quirky creators and celebrated masters are bringing to AIDC craft sessions that are designed to open minds and inspire us all to get back out there and keep making. From early-career doco makers to established factual heavyweights, there is something for everyone to get excited about in the program.”

Looking To The Future

Innovation in form, storytelling and distribution is another key focus for AIDC 2019, bringing together sessions by science & technology media experts (Dr. Jordan Nguyen, Becoming Superhuman; Tea Uglow, Google Creative Lab), interactive non-fiction creators (Lisa Jackson, Biidaaban: First Light VR), and distribution experts (Jess Fuselier, Sundance Institute), with debut pitching opportunities such as Raw Data, Real Stories (presented by Google News Initiative) and Sound it Out (presented by Audible).

“Our focus on technology and innovation – from blockchain to interactive non-fiction to data journalism to audio documentary – means that there’s more reason than ever to be hopeful about the future of the sector,” said Ms. Burgin.

Expanded Screening Program

AIDC’s public-facing component also steps up a notch this year, with an expanded screening program – the Non-Fiction Documentary Showcase – presented in conjunction with ACMI, and an exhibition of Lisa Jackson’s Biidaaban: First Light VR work at Melbourne Museum.

The Non-Fiction Showcase will feature 14 films, including several premieres, and special screenings of [Censored], Island of the Hungry Ghosts, Quincy, Under the Wire, Shirkers, and Rockabul featuring AIDC guest speakers.

Under the Wire with Producer Q&A

Networking & Social Events

Combined with AIDC’s delegate networking program, including the SBS ‘Slow Summer’ Opening Night Party, ABC Magical Land of Oz Happy Hour, The Bikes of Wrath Bike Tour, and the return of both the Getty Images Delegate Hub and Screenrights Industry Lounge, AIDC 2019 is set to be an essential gathering for networking, business, learning, collaboration and community discussion.

AIDC 2019 Key Facts


AIDC is supported by Principal Partner Film Victoria and Presenting Partners ACMI and Screen Australia.

Media enquiries:

Tracey Mair & Jillian Heggie, TM Publicity
For AIDC 2019
Ph: 02 8333 9070 or 0434 618 555

Please click here to download this media release as a PDF.

Main Image: The Magical Land of Oz (2019)