New Business & Networking Opportunities Announced for AIDC 2017

24 January 2017

Working in the factual content sector is rewarding but not without its challenges. 

Staying up to date with business developments and building a contact list can be tricky when you’re deep in research or out on a shoot.

To ensure factual professionals get the latest information and make the contacts they need, we’ve scheduled a host of vital and insightful Business sessions and set up Roundtables and Speed Pitching sessions with access to more than 40 international buyers, commissioners and decision makers.

Already keen to register? Click here to find out more about Independent and Broadcaster/Corporate pass types.



AIDC 2017’s Business Sessions cover such areas as new distribution strategies, factual format development, fair use, co-productions and more - everything you need to know to build and sustain a career in documentary and factual screen production. 

Highlight sessions include It’s the Format, Stupid! with UK format king Sanjay Singhal of Dragonfly (One Born Every Minute, The Plane Crash) and Voltage TV (Inside the Factory [pictured], Life in Jail)Stirring the Pot with Nine Network’s Adrian Swift exploring the role of controversy in factual television; Desperately Seeking Distribution, with the distribution strategists of success stories Black As and Chasing Asylum; and Indigenous Eye, exploring new opportunities in Indigenous programming.

Check our Sessions page for a full list of AIDC Business sessions. Open to All Access Passes and Day Passes.



AIDC Roundtables give attendees a rare chance to meet top decision makers and participate in highly focused discussions in an informal setting. Strictly capped to a limited number of delegates.

A selection of decision makers confirmed include Philippe de Bourbon (FR) Commissioning Editor for CANAL+, Charlie Phillips (UK) Head of Documentaries for The Guardian, Nikki Heyman (US) Coordinating Producer for American Documentary | POV (PBS), Patrick Hurley (UK) Head of Marketplace for Sheffield Doc/Fest, Jason Behan (AUS) Vice President of Acquisitions for Universal Pictures ANZ, and Katy Roberts (AUS) Head of Video for VICE and VICELAND (who are now commissioning local documentary content).

A growing list of participating decision makers can be found on the Roundtables page. Sign-ups open 12pm (midday) on Tuesday 31 January when the final AIDC 2017 program and decision maker line-up is revealed. 

Availability is for All Access Passes only, and attendees must complete their AIDC 2017 registration before signing up.



Speed Pitching allows filmmakers to network and present their project ideas in face-to-face sessions with local and international industry heavyweights. Decision makers, each at their own table, will take individual one-on-one meetings.

A selection of those confirmed include Ryan Harrington (US) Director of Acquisitions, Docs & Specials for Discovery, Kate Townsend (UK) Editor for BBC Storyville, Laura Fleury (US) SVP/Head of Programming for A+E Networks, Jules Oldroyd (US) SVP Global Programming & Acquisitions for National Geographic, Amy Hobby (US) Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Institute, and Yoko Imai (JP) Senior Producer, International Co-Productions & Acquisitions, NHK.

An expanding list of confirmed decision makers can be found on the Speed Pitching page. Places are limited and bookings will be on a first-come, first-served basis when they open at 12pm (midday) on Tuesday 7 February

Demand is expected to be high. Availability is for All Access Passes only, and attendees must complete their AIDC 2017 registration before signing up.


These programs are available only to registered AIDC delegates. A strictly limited number of All Access Passes are currently available for AIDC 2017.

Need more reasons to register? Check out why you must attend and then REGISTER to secure access to the documentary and factual sector’s top commissioning executives, industry experts, distributors and agencies.