AIDC 2017 Screening Program Announced

18 January 2017

We can now confirm the six exclusive screenings that make up the AIDC 2017 Screening Program

The AIDC 2017 screening program is designed to provide both AIDC delegates and documentary fans with unique screening experiences featuring AIDC Keynote guests, unattainable through other festivals or programs.



Director Ezra Edelman’s epic account of O.J. Simpson’s meteoric rise and infamous fall is one of the most acclaimed documentaries of recent years – the gripping series, originally screened by subscription sports channel ESPN, having collected over 30 awards and become eligible for a (very likely) Oscar nomination thanks to full-length cinema screenings. AIDC 2017 Keynote guest Ezra Edelman will provide a special introduction to this marathon free screening of the full 7.5-hour production, with a coffee cart and refreshments on hand for viewers in for the long haul. Co-Presented by ACMI and ESPN.

This screening is free for both AIDC 2017 attendees and the general public
2pm start, Sunday 5 March, ACMI Cinema 2.   


“A wonderful film, full of fiendish and subversive humor” – Werner Herzog.

Produced in 1987, the year of the first AIDC event, and released in 1988, director Mark Lewis ’s Cane Toads: An Unnatural History went on to become Australia’s highest-grossing non-IMAX documentary. Helping celebrate 30 years of AIDC, Mark Lewis brings his cult classic back to the big screen for a special ‘Interrupted’ session, providing live commentary on the making of the film and its unexpected international success.

This screening is free for AIDC 2017 All Access Pass holders, with tickets available to the general public via
6.30pm – 8pm, Sunday 5 March, ACMI Cinema 1


AIDC Keynote guest John Battsek – award-winning producer and executive producer of such films as One Day in September, Searching for Sugar Man , and the upcoming Michael Hutchence bio-doc Mystify – takes part in a special Q&A screening of 2011 documentary Fire in Babylon , about the record-breaking West Indies cricket team of the ’70s and ‘80s. Complementing his AIDC Keynote session with Ezra Edelman, More Than a Game, which explores how sport documentaries reveal insights into race and power relations, this screening is for both sports fans and documentary aficionados alike. Hosted by ACMI’s James Hewison and co-presented by DocPlay and Film Victoria.

This screening is free for AIDC 2017 All Access Pass holders, with tickets available to the general public via
6.30pm – 8.30pm, Monday 6 March, ACMI Cinema 1



Following the popular success of the last AIDC’s free public screening of New York Times Op-Docs , AIDC 2017 media partner The Guardian this year provides a special program of Guardian documentaries short films to be shown outdoors on the Federation Square Big Screen. Curated by Guardian Head of Documentaries and AIDC 2017 guest speaker Charlie Phillips, expect engaging and inspiring stories about subjects like Syrian astronauts, the World Cup team of Kurdistan, and activist Girl Guides – shown for the very first time in Australia on the big screen. Pull up a folding chair enjoy the shorts program under the Melbourne evening sky. Co-Presented by The Guardian and Federation Square .

This screening is free and open to the general public
8.30pm – 10pm, Tuesday 7 March, Federation Square Big Screen 



Featured in the previous AIDC’s inaugural Impact Strategy Hack, Defiant Lives is a powerful new Australian film documenting the origins, rise and fight of the worldwide disability rights movement. A meticulously researched and entertaining documentary, it features an extensive archive of rarely seen footage, and interviews with key leaders who tell a compelling story of the battle to reframe disability as a social responsibility relevant to us all. Director Sarah Barton and Producer Liz Burke will provide a special Q&A after the screening.

Entry exclusive to AIDC 2017 All Access Pass holders. Register at
6.30pm – 8.30pm, Tuesday 7 March, ACMI Cinema 2


A new international feature documentary so secret, we can’t reveal any details about it at all. Suffice to say that delegates won’t want to miss this exclusive AIDC 2017 closing night screening. Please note, this screening will be closed to media and smartphones must be surrendered on entry.

Entry exclusive to AIDC 2017 All Access Pass holders. Register at
6pm – 8pm, Wednesday 8 March, ACMI Cinema 1

The AIDC 2017 Screening program further complements a growing event 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 international documentary, factual and unscripted screen industries.

The full program of sessions, events, guests and decision makers will be revealed on 30 January 2017General Registration is open now.