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

OVERVIEW

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.

Launched in 2019, 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 Indigenous Creators Program consists of sessions designed to provide targeted information to practitioners from all skill levels around topics such as pitching, storytelling, funding and distribution for Indigenous-led stories.

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

Developer, facilitator and producer for the screen arts, Laurrie Mansfield (née Brannigan-Onato) will return for a second year as First Nations Producer at AIDC 2024.

“AIDC RESPECTS AND VALUES THE OLDEST AND ORIGINAL ‘DOCUMENTING’ STORYTELLERS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE INDIGENOUS CREATORS PROGRAM IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KEY FILM STAKEHOLDERS TO ENGAGE WITH OUR MOBS, AND TO SHOWCASE NEW ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER WORK TO THE FILM MARKET SPACE.”

– DOUGLAS WATKIN
FILM DIRECTOR & AIDC BOARD MEMBER

HOW TO REGISTER

To be eligible for the Indigenous Creators Program, simply register for an All Access Pass or Sessions Pass to attend AIDC 2024. Once registered, Indigenous practitioners will immediately be eligible to participate in all the program’s sessions.

To register for AIDC, visit our Passes page

Indigenous practitioners are also eligible to apply for AIDC pass and conference travel support through state screen agencies. See below for details about registration support.

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: Marungka tjalatjunu (Dipped in black) 2023 | Photographer: Matthew Thorne @matthewjjthorne | Courtesy: Other Pictures & Switch Productions