A philanthropic fund for emerging and diverse documentary practitioners

OVERVIEW

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.

After 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.

“GIVING NEW FILMMAKERS A CHANCE TO ATTEND AIDC IS A FABULOUS OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN EXPERIENCE AND BUILD LASTING RELATIONSHIPS. IF ONLY THIS HAD BEEN AROUND WHEN WE WERE EMERGING!”

– REBECCA BARRY
PRODUCER, MEDIA STOCKADE

BECOME A LEADING LIGHT

If your organisation would like to help usher in the next generation of nonfiction screen content creators, please visit our Donate page or email natasha@aidc.com.au.

AIDC is a registered charity with DGR status, and your donation is tax deductible.

“HELPING TO FOSTER NEW TALENT IN THE NONFICTION SECTOR ULTIMATELY BENEFITS US ALL. THE TEAM AT BEYOND IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS GREAT INITIATIVE.”

– MIKAEL BORGLUND
CEO AND MD, BEYOND INTERNATIONAL

2019 LEADING LIGHTS

AIDC welcomes new and returning benefactors to the Leading Lights Fund in 2019.


Funds pledged for 3 practitioners:


Funds pledged for 2 practitioners:


Funds pledged for 1 practitioner:

APPLYING TO ACCESS THE FUND

Applications for eligible early career and diverse filmmakers who have not attended AIDC before will open in January 2019 to access funds for AIDC 2019.


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.


Subscribe to the AIDC eNews for Leading Lights Fund updates and application deadline announcements.

“BEING A PART OF THE LEADING LIGHTS PROGRAM WAS AMAZING AND HELPED ME REALISE THERE ARE SO MANY DOORS JUST WAITING TO BE OPENED.”

– TEGAN RODGERS
LEADING LIGHTS PARTICIPANT 2018