ACCESS@AIDC 2017 Mentorship Participants Announced

20 January 2017

In collaboration with award-winning Singapore-based production company Beach House Pictures, AIDC is delighted to announce the six mentees selected for the 2017 ACCESS@AIDC Early Career Mentorship Program.

Selected by Donovan Chan, Creative Director of Beach House Pictures, the six 2017 participants are: Adam Finney (QLD), Bridget O'Shea (VIC), Charby Ibrahim (VIC), Jeff Hann (ACT), Marleena Forward (VIC), Viviana Petyarre (NT).

The successful six early career documentary and factual filmmakers will now have the chance to learn directly from established Australian and international industry professionals in exclusive mentorship sessions during AIDC 2017.

This year’s ACCESS Mentors include: Donovan Chan (SNG, Creative Director, Beach House Pictures), Jennifer Peedom (AUS, Director of Sherpa), John Battsek (UK, Producer of One Day in September and EP of Searching for Sugar Man), Kelrick Martin (AUS, Head of Indigenous, ABC TV), Amy Hobby (US, Executive Director, Tribeca Film Institute and Producer of What Happened, Miss Simone?), and Ezra Edelman (US, Director of O.J.: Made In America).

One ACCESS participant will also be selected for a four-week paidinternship with Beach House Pictures in Singapore, including return economy airfare and accommodation, with the winner to be announced at AIDC 2017’s Closing Drinks on Wednesday 8 March.

“We were very impressed with the calibre of the ACCESS applicants and look forward to meeting the successful candidates at AIDC,” said Donovan Chan. “Beach House Pictures is delighted to have made this internship available and we hope that it will be the first of many opportunities to work with Australian talents.”

The ACCESS@AIDC program is a core initiative of the Australian International Documentary Conference, ensuring that the next generation of factual filmmakers obtain guidance from the best in the industry.

About Beach House Pictures and Donovan Chan

Beach House Pictures (BHP) is an international award-winning production company with teams in the US, Australia, Taiwan and China. Recently voted into Realscreen’s Global 100 most innovative and influential production companies, BHP produces content across a wide array of genres - from travel to science, kids to reality formats and food to wildlife. 

Donovan Chan is a founding partner of Beach House Pictures and spearheads strategy and content development. He also executive produces, writes and directs many of the company’s international productions. Donovan has worked on award winning shows including Lonely Planet Six Degrees for TLC (Best Entertainment & Best Editing – Asian TV Awards) and Megastructures: Singapore’s Vegas for Nat Geo International (Silver World Medal – New York Festivals). He is an expert in science and engineering programs such as Man Made Marvels (Discovery Channel), was an Executive Producer in the Nat Geo International series China From Above, and co-created Hidden Cities for HISTORY. He recently executive-produced NYF Culinary Program medal winner Nomad Chef (TLC), and observational documentary series All Access Changi for Channel News Asia.

The ACCESS program complements a growing AIDC 2017 schedule of over 30 sessions, screenings and marketplace activities – including The FACTory International Pitching Forum, VR Plus Day, Impact Stream and more – and the participation of over 50 world-class speakers and 40 high-level decision makers from the global documentary, factual and unscripted screen industries.

Image Credit: China From Above, Beach House Pictures