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.
"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.”
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.”
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.