A-List Speaking Guests Announced for AIDC 2018

30 January 2018

As we prepare to announce the full final line-up of sessions, screenings and masterclasses on 6 February, we can now reveal some of the key international speaking guests leading the AIDC 2018 program.

We're very excited to welcome:

• ROBERT FERNANDEZ (USA), the producer of Errol Morris's documentaries for over 20 years, including The Fog of War and Netflix hybrid-doc series Wormwood;

• ERIN CASPER (USA), the editor of Laura Poitras's Julian Assange documentary Risk;

• And PRASH NAIK (UK/AUS), ex-Channel 4 and current Doc Society General Counsel.

Both Robert and Erin will host AIDC-exclusive professional masterclasses in their respective fields, while Prash will provide a vital Keynote address for documentary filmmakers on ‘Dark PR’.



Having worked on some of the most well-known films in the genre, producer Robert Fernandez is one of most respected figures in feature documentaries. The producer of every film directed by legendary documentarian Errol Morris since the Academy Award-winning The Fog of War, he has worked on such films as Tabloid, Standard Operating Procedure, The Unknown Known, and most recently, lauded Netflix series Wormwood

Outside of his work with Morris, Fernandez has also produced and executive-produced critically acclaimed feature documentaries like Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Dina, AlphaGo (Netflix), and The Lure.

As part of his appearance at AIDC 2018, Fernandez will lead a Producing Masterclass, Errol Morris’ Wormwood … like making three films at once (presented by Film Victoria); appear on panel session Brand Plus Filmmaker Equals Story (presented by Screen Tasmania), where he will talk about the work of his Cannes Lion-winning production company Moxie Pictures; and join the exclusive line-up of mentors for AIDC’s ACCESS early career mentorship program (presented by Beach House Pictures.)



Emmy-nominated documentary editor and recipient of the prestigious Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship, Erin Casper, also joins the Speaker line-up. Her acclaimed work includes the Sundance Special Jury Award-winning American Promise (2013), The Last Season (2015), and Risk (2017), Laura Poitras’s compelling film about Julian Assange. 

Her work also spans short form and episodic nonfiction, and has appeared in Vanity Fair, Field of Vision, NY Times Op-Docs and The Intercept

Erin Casper will host an exclusive documentary editing Masterclass for AIDC 2018 delegates – The Art of Cutting it Fine – where she will share her personal approach to editing by thinking about the construction of each film as a language of its own, spoken cinematically through an editor’s hands. Drawing on excerpts from her award-winning films, the masterclass will explore her creative process, writing with images and crafting cinematic language in nonfiction films.



Also set to provide an essential Keynote is Prash Naik, General Counsel for The Doc Society (formerly BRITDOC) and ex-General Counsel for the UK’s Channel 4 – where he advised and defended filmmakers for 23 years. 

Key adviser on ground-breaking TV and films like Brass Eye and Four Lions, Beneath the Veil, Death of a President, Chosen, My Son the Jihadi and The State, Prash is also an expert crisis manager having worked on many high-profile cases involving filmmakers caught up in press controversies, public enquiries and kidnap & ransom.

Prash Naik’s keynote Dark PR – In the Line of Fire will tackle vital issues for today’s documentary producers, illuminating lines of defence when films are attacked by orchestrated ‘dark PR’ campaigns that target subjects, funders and reputations. Drawing on his expertise in film ethics and crisis management, he will examine recent case studies and provide practical frameworks for filmmakers to protect their work and their subjects.


“Business, craft and impact! These three speakers represent the three driving forces of our programming. We cannot wait to have them share their knowledge and insights alongside the numerous other speakers we have attending this year's event,” said Alice Burgin, AIDC Conference Director.

These speaking guests represent just a taste of the AIDC 2018 program, with over 90 speakers and more than 40sessions and screenings to be announced on Tuesday 6 February.

The announcement of the full final program coincides with the release of individual Day Passes for the 2018 event, providing another option alongside All Access Passes and Focus Passes for those with specific interest in the daily conference strands. 


Media Enquiries:
Tracey Mair, TM Publicity
For AIDC 2018
Ph: 02 8333 9066 or 0419 221 493