Indigenous Creators Program

First Nations storytellers continue to create some of the most powerful, creative, entertaining and impactful documentary and factual content on a global stage.

THE PROGRAM

AIDC’s Indigenous Creators Program is a dedicated strand of sessions and marketplace activities designed by and for First Nations practitioners to come together, share ideas and elevate the craft and business of First Nations stories.

Now in its fourth year, the Indigenous Creators program welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners as well as First Nations practitioners from across the globe. The program is targeted at all experience levels across the documentary and factual sector and is designed to bring together creators working in all forms of nonfiction screen content. 

The 2022 Indigenous Creators Program consists of four sessions designed to provide new opportunities to upskill, network, and pitch market-ready projects to decision makers seeking Indigenous-led stories. 

The program takes place alongside AIDC’s 2022 event, giving First Nations practitioners access to AIDC’s full suite of offerings including industry sessions, marketplace activities and networking events.

“IN ITS FOURTH YEAR AT AIDC, THE INDIGENOUS CREATORS PROGRAM HOLDS SPACE FOR FIRST NATION’S SCREEN STORYTELLERS TO MEET WITH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PEERS. I AM PLEASED TO SIT ON A BOARD WORKING TOWARDS STRENGTHENING ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER VOICES AND COLLABORATIONS IN THE VITAL DOCUMENTARY/FACTUAL LANDSCAPE.”

KYAS HEPWORTH – Head of Commissioning and Programming for NITV / AIDC Board Member 

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

The 2022 Indigenous Creators Program sessions will take place throughout AIDC 2022 to provide participants with access to decision makers and speakers, as well information about key industry trends and insights for practitioners attending AIDC.

Please note: sessions will be open to First Nations delegates only.

Welcome Session

To open the 2022 Indigenous Creators Program, we welcome all First Nations Practitioners from across the globe to come together with First Nations filmmaker and AIDC Board Member Douglas Watkin.

In Conversation with Taryne Laffar, Producer of Our Law 

A session with Taryne Laffar, producer of Our Law, exploring the process of creating the six-part documentary series for NITV and its evolution into an exciting new series.

Capturing Country – Respectfully Giving Voice to Lands 

Environmental and nature documentaries and series are huge business. So, how can First Nations filmmakers capitalise on making films about country and give voice to the land respectfully?

Screen Australia Factual Funding – How to Make a Competitive Funding Application 

Screen Australia First Nations and Documentary department representatives share tips and tricks to crafting funding applications

Meet and Greet at Mabu Mabu 

Join us at Mabu Mabu in Federation Square for a meet and greet with Indigenous Creators Program participants attending AIDC in person in Naarm (Melbourne). Presented by Screen Australia’s First Nations Department.

FIRST NATIONS MARKETPLACE

AIDC 2022 will once again offer all First Nations Practitioners the opportunity to access the First Nations Marketplace. This industry program is for Indigenous practitioners with market-ready documentary and factual projects, giving applicants the opportunity to facilitate meetings with local and international decision makers specifically looking to work with Indigenous creatives.

Decision makers for the First Nations Marketplace will be announced over the coming weeks. All registered delegates were eligible to submit a project via AIDC’s Cut to the Chase marketplace, which is now closed for 2022. 

For more information, contact pitch@aidc.com.au.

HOW TO REGISTER

To be eligible for the Indigenous Creators Program, simply register for a Business, All Access or Focus Pass to attend AIDC 2021. Once registered, Indigenous practitioners will immediately be eligible to participate in all the program’s sessions.

To register for AIDC, go to our Passes page

REGISTRATION SUPPORT

AIDC is working with Australian State and Territory screen agencies across the country to support Indigenous practitioners to attend AIDC. To see if you might be eligible for support, click the ‘READ MORE’ section below for information on how to apply.

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Image Credit: Barry Gilson, photographed by Matthew Calissi, from Back to Nature, 2021 © Media Stockade Two & Threshold Pictures