AIDC’s Indigenous Creators program is a dedicated strand of conference sessions and marketplace activities designed by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners and international First Nations people attending the conference. 

Now in its third year, 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. 

Consisting of four sessions and one marketplace activity, the program provides new opportunities to learn, network, and pitch market-ready projects to decision makers seeking Indigenous-led stories. 

The program takes place online alongside AIDC’s broader offering, making 2021 the perfect year to bring together Indigenous creators from all around the world.


The Indigenous Creators Program sessions will take place each day to provide up-close access to decision makers and speakers, as well as key industry intel for practitioners attending AIDC. Sessions will be open to Indigenous delegates only with full details announced mid-February.


For the first time, AIDC is introducing an exciting new marketplace opportunity dedicated to Indigenous practitioners with market-ready projects. The marketplace will be highly competitive, pairing the best projects submitted to AIDC with local and international decision makers specifically looking to work with Indigenous creatives. Decision makers participating include:

  • Hulu
  • Sundance Native Institute
  • A24 Documentaries
  • Participant 
  • ESPN
  • Hot Docs
  • NITV
  • ABC

More decision makers will be announced over the coming weeks. All registered delegates are eligible to submit a project, and can do so via AIDC’s Cut to the Chase submission portal

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submissions for the Indigenous Marketplace will close 17:00 AEDT Wednesday 3 February 2021. 

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To be eligible for the Indigenous Creators Program, simply register for either a Focus Pass or All-Access 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

For those with a market-ready project, once registered, simply submit your project to Cut to the Chase.


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: The Fight Together (WT), EQ Media, 2021 (Pic: Sean Izzard)