Leading Lights is a philanthropic funding program for emerging and diverse documentary practitioners.
We believe that a wide variety of voices and perspectives is vital for a healthy screen industry.
To help new talents enter the industry community, AIDC’s Leading Lights Fund has been designed to enable early career, Indigenous and CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) practitioners to attend AIDC for the first time.
The goal is to bring new voices to the table, enrich the documentary and factual community, and build the foundations for the future of the industry.
Upon the Fund’s launch in 2017, program donors helped 26 new practitioners join the industry community at AIDC 2018.
As we move toward AIDC 2019, we hope to see even more donors get behind the program and help usher in a new generation of factual screen creators.
Applications for eligible filmmakers are now open. CLICK HERE TO APPLY for your chance to become a 2019 Leading Lights recipient and attend AIDC for the first time. Applications close 11.59pm Friday 25 January 2019.
Any early career filmmakers, Indigenous filmmakers, and filmmakers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are eligible to apply.
An Industry Committee will assess applications and award successful applicants with an AIDC Focus Pass, valued at $605 (inc GST).
A Focus Pass provides access to all AIDC Sessions, Panels, and Masterclasses, and observer access to The FACTory Pitching Forum, but excludes participation in the AIDC Marketplace. Read more about Focus Passes here.
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AIDC welcomes new and returning benefactors to the Leading Lights Fund in 2019.
Funds pledged for 5 practitioners:
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