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.
Since the Fund’s launch in 2018, 62 Australian screen companies have helped 102 new practitioners join the industry community at AIDC.
Donors have included CJZ, Princess Pictures, Media Stockade, Screenrights, Beyond Productions, Blackfella Films and Northern Pictures, to name but a few.
We are currently accepting donations for our 2021 campaign and with recent challenges to the screen sector, we hope to see even more donors get behind the program and help usher in another new cohort of factual screen creators.
“I FEEL LIKE I HAVE MORE PERSPECTIVE, INCREASED CONFIDENCE INTERACTING WITH INDUSTRY INSIDERS AND A MUCH BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT LINKS IN THE INDUSTRY; ALL OF WHICH WILL DEFINITELY ADD VALUE TO MY FUTURE PRODUCTIONS.”
– MELINDA OCALLAGHAN
LEADING LIGHTS RECIPIENT 2019
APPLICATIONS FOR AIDC 2020’S LEADING LIGHTS PROGRAM CLOSED ON 22 JANUARY.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Any screen creatives with an interest in documentary, factual or unscripted content who are early-career, Indigenous, and/or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have not attended AIDC before are eligible to apply.
HOW ARE RECIPIENTS SELECTED?
An Industry Committee of experienced industry professionals will assess applications and create a shortlist.
WHAT DO RECIPIENTS GET?
Successful applicants will be awarded an AIDC 2020 Focus Pass. A Focus Pass provides access to all AIDC sessions, panels and masterclasses, and observer access to FACTory 2020 pitches, but excludes participation in the AIDC Marketplace. Read more about Focus Passes here.
In 2020, we will be creating further opportunities for Leading Lights recipients to receive mentoring and professional development opportunities.
Recipients will also be invited to a Leading Lights-exclusive reception on Sunday 1 March 2020 providing the opportunity to meet and network with Leading Lights donors.
Applications for Leading Lights 2020 closed on 22 January 2020, 11.59pm AEDT.
We are now inviting our screen organisations and individuals to make a tax-deductible donation to help usher in a new generation of factual storytellers. Each donation of $650 enables one emerging and diverse nonfiction practitioner to attend AIDC.
All Leading Lights donors will be invited to attend a Leading Lights Meet and Greet during AIDC and will be gratefully acknowledged in the AIDC program guide, on the AIDC website and on a cinema slide before every conference session and screening at the event.
Donation levels are as follows*
- $650 – 1 x Leading Light Recipient
- $1300 – 2 x Leading Light Recipients
- $1950 – 3 x Leading Light Recipients
- $2600 – 4 x Leading Light Recipients
- $3250 – 5 x Leading Light Recipients
*Additional donations are welcome in increments of $650 for each Leading Light recipient
Please pledge your support to the 2021 Leading Lights fund to welcome new and diverse voices to the documentary and factual community.
If your organisation would like to help usher in the next generation of nonfiction screen content creators, please email [email protected].
AIDC is a registered charity with DGR status, and your donation is tax deductible.
“THE DOCUMENTARY SECTOR AND BROADCAST IN GENERAL IS RAPIDLY CHANGING, BUT ONE THING WE ARE AWARE OF AS PRODUCERS IS THE CONTINUING NEED FOR BRIGHT, INNOVATIVE THINKERS ENTERING THE INDUSTRY TO HELP SHAPE THIS CHANGE. NORTHERN PICTURES IS PROUD TO BE AN ONGOING SUPPORTER OF LEADING LIGHTS AND WE HOPE THIS INITIATIVE WILL CONTINUE TO ILLUMINATE THE PATHWAY FORWARD FOR NEW TALENT.”
– KARINA HOLDEN
HEAD OF FACTUAL, NORTHERN PICTURES
AIDC welcomes our 2020 Leading Lights donors.
Funds pledged for 5 practitioners:
Funds pledged for 3 practitioners:
Funds pledged for 2 practitioners:
- BBC STUDIOS
- FIRST AUSTRALIAN COMPLETION BOND
- FREMANTLE AUSTRALIA
- NORTHERN PICTURES
- PROJECTOR FILMS
- UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT
- WILDBEAR ENTERTAINMENT
Funds pledged for 1 practitioner: