A FAST-TRACK PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & MENTORSHIP PROGRAM, PROUDLY PRESENTED BY BEACH HOUSE PICTURES

OVERVIEW

Got a factual screen idea in early development? Want exclusive one-on-one access to industry heavyweights who can make your career go global? Then you should apply for ACCESS at AIDC 2019, the program that gives you the keys to unlock your creative and professional potential.

ACCESS is AIDC’s fast-track professional development and mentorship program, designed to give filmmakers the opportunity to take their skills and ideas to the next level.

Through priceless mentoring with industry professionals from around the world, ACCESS provides six applicants the chance to hone their skills and incubate an original idea in early development over four days of sessions and one-on-one mentoring, all taking place during the hustle and bustle of AIDC 2019.

“IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO GET HONEST AND PRACTICAL MENTORSHIP FROM INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED MENTORS. THE ATMOSPHERE AT AIDC IS A WONDROUS, FRENZIED, INTENSE, PRODUCTIVE AND SUPPORTIVE HUB OF ACTIVITY AND STORYTELLING… WHERE PASSION AND BUSINESS COME TO PLAY.”

– BRIERLY BROAD
2018 ACCESS MENTEE

THE ACCESS PRIZE

At the end of the program, one project will be selected for the ACCESS prize, a unique opportunity to undertake a one-month paid internship with program presenting partner Beach House Pictures in Singapore.

The internship is designed to provide hands-on experience with one of the world’s leading production houses, as well as an opportunity to further develop a project in a supportive, international setting.

But wait… there’s more.

AIDC is also partnering with Sheffield Doc/Fest to offer a second ACCESS participant a complimentary Festival Pass to the UK’s most prestigious documentary festival to shadow international and local industry professionals.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

ACCESS 2019 is open to anyone with a non-fiction screen project idea in early stages of development living in Australia.

AIDC strongly encourages early-career, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Indigenous practitioners to apply.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or over.

HOW TO APPLY

APPLICANTS WILL NEED TO: 


1. Fill in a form about the applicant and project;

  • This will Include a short bio (under 200 words) and CV (docx or pdf)

2. Submit up to two pages about your idea including:

  • One paragraph synopsis
  • Concept description
  • Episodic descriptions (if it’s a series)
  • Visual style/approach
  • Character description (s)
  • Access to character/story
  • Market research/target audience

3. Option to submit supporting visual material i.e. trailer, excerpt, visual treatment (highly recommended).


4. Upload a paragraph on how working with Beach House Pictures or attending the Sheffield Doc/Fest will benefit your project.


SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN. TO SUBMIT CLICK HERE.

Submissions close Friday 14 December at 11:59 (AEDT).
Applicants will be notified of their success by mid-January.

THE MENTORS

Previous Mentors have included:

Donovan Chan/Jocelyn Little (Producers, Singapore, Beach House Pictures)

John Battsek (Producer, Executive Producer, Listen to Me Marlon)

Jennifer Peedom (Director, Mountain)

Ezra Edelman (Director, O.J.: Made in America)

Sara Ramsden (Creative Director, Love Productions)

Roy Ackerman (Managing Director, Zinc Media)

Kitty Green (Director, Casting JonBenet)

Robert Fernandez (Producer, Wormwood)…. And many more!

2019 Mentors will be announced in the coming weeks.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Applicants must be either a legal resident of Australia or an Australian citizen at time of application.


Applicants must be eighteen years of age or over at the time of submitting their application.


Successful applicants will need to purchase a discounted registration to attend AIDC at AUD$730 (incl. GST).


Interstate ACCESS candidates who are selected to participate must pay their own way to attend and register for AIDC 2019. (If you live interstate and you are successful, we encourage you to contact your state agency for travel support.)


Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.


By submitting your application to AIDC’s ACCESS program, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete. AIDC reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.


AIDC and Beach House Pictures recognise that the intellectual property of ideas submitted belongs to the applicant and will use its best endeavours to ensure all development ideas remain confidential. The applicant does acknowledge, however, that there is a chance that a number of ideas submitted as part of this program – including the applicant’s – may contain subject matter, themes, activity, characters and other material that is similar to other projects submitted to AIDC. The applicant acknowledges that neither AIDC nor Beach House Pictures are liable in the event that the project submitted by the applicant is in any way similar to other projects.


 

BEACH HOUSE PICTURES MENTORSHIP:

The successful internship candidate will be selected by representatives of Beach House Pictures and AIDC, and their decision will be final. The selected candidate will receive:


  • One (1) return economy airfare to Singapore departing from their closest capital city;
  • accommodation in Singapore;
  • a travel card;
  • a stipend.

Beach House Pictures will work with the successful candidate to secure a time for the internship, however this must be undertaken with the second half of 2019.


 

SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST PASS:

The winner of the Sheffield Doc/Fest pass will be decided upon by the ACCESS mentors in consultation with AIDC. The Sheffield Doc/Fest pass does not provide access to the Meet Market.


AIDC will work with the candidate to support an application for travel from their state funding agency, however support this will be given at the discretion of the agency.

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