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AIDC 2017 VR PLUS and Innovation Strand Gets Bigger with Crypto Party and New Speakers

15 February 2017

In exploring the theme, ‘Three Sides to Every Story’, AIDC 2017 will look at the past, present, and future of factual screen content.

The conference’s focus on the future finds expression in the VR Plus and Innovation program strands, with special sessions and events devoted to key technological issues for the factual screen industry.

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AIDC and ACMI team up to co-present Crypto For Filmmakers, Newbies, Technophobes & You - hosted by Nancy Schwartzman (US), social change filmmaker and developer of the award-winning Circle of 6 safety app, and Peter Tonoli of public data encryption pioneers Crypto Melbourne. 

Mindful of gender and race, this special free ‘Crypto Party’ event is a basic primer, open-to-all tutorial in protecting your personal data - for filmmakers, AIDC delegates and members of the general public.

Nancy Schwartzman said, “Crypto parties are a grassroots, global endeavour, created by Melbourne local, Asher Wolf. Designed to share knowledge and demystify the basics of online privacy and security, all are welcome. Coming together in offline space is the best way to relieve anxiety and walk away with concrete tools to better protect yourself.”

This free event takes place at ACMI’s The Cube from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday 7 March during AIDC 2017. Space is limited, and interested parties can find out how to attend on the Crypto event page.

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Also on Tuesday 7 March, Nancy Schwartzman provides the AIDC Impact Day Keynote, Gender, Tech & Resistance, showcasing the creative approaches she has developed to challenge notions of neutrality in technology, and to use the power of story for progressive ends. Presented by Screen Queensland. 

AIDC Day Passes are available for this special day of sessions devoted to social impact filmmaking.

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Presented by Film Victoria, AIDC 2017’s VR Plus Day (Sunday 5 March), is also expanding its line-up with the inclusion of new speakers and moderators. Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie – award-winning augmented and mixed reality game designer, interactive producer and disruptive technology specialist – joins VR Plus Day Keynote Revolution or Evolution? to speak with award-winning docu-game and doc-VR developer Navid Khonsari (Iran/US, 1979: Revolution - pictured).

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Straight from presenting the VR work Orbital Vanitas at Sundance, co-founder of indie VR collective BADFAITH and Head of Content for Red Bull Australia, Leo Faber, joins the VR Plus business session Northern Exposure – alongside Oscar-shortlisted producer Melanie Horkan (My Enemy My Brother, NYT Op-Docs) and Melbourne factual VR studio VRTOV co-founder Katy Morrison (Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel, BBC) – to discuss ways for local VR/AR producers to enter the global market.

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App, live game and installation writer-designer-director Christy Dena (Universe Creation 101) also joins narrative VR panel session Immersed in the Story, alongside Lynette Wallworth, creator of the award-winning factual VR experience Collisions (pictured), Oscar Raby of VRTOV (Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel, BBC), and international guest Navid Khonsari.

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Capping the Innovation strand of AIDC 2017, a special session on the enormous growth and commercial possibilities of live video – Instant Documentary (Tuesday 7 March) – adds speakers Laura Fleury (US, recently promoted to SVP/Head of Programming for International, A+E Networks), Nicola Harvey (Editor, BuzzFeed), Michael O’Neill (Commissioning Editor, Factual, ABC) and Graham Wallington (South Africa, CEO and Co-Founder of WildEarth - content pictured above), alongside session moderator Peter Hamilton (US, DocumentaryTelevision.com).

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All Access four-day passes and Single Day passes can be purchased now. Check the full daily schedule of sessions and screenings to plan your AIDC attendance.