AIDC’s Leading Lights program is dedicated to creating a more inclusive and diverse screen industry. Designed to enable early career, Indigenous, and/or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) non-fiction practitioners to attend AIDC for the first time, the program assists industry newcomers to establish themselves as part of Australia’s screen community.
The Leading Lights program is supported by donations to AIDC’s Leading Lights fund. Since launching the fund in 2018, 102 Leading Lights recipients have attended AIDC. This is all thanks to the generous donations of 62 Australian screen organisations whose contributions have supported the next generation of non-fiction practitioners to build their networks and participate in professional development opportunities.
This year, in recognition of the hardship facing our sector, AIDC is matching every donation enabling not one – but two – new practitioners to experience AIDC 2021.
Want to donate to the Leading Lights fund? To make a donation at any time, please contact email@example.com, AIDC Partnerships and Industry Development Manager.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications for the Leading Lights program are now open until 17:00 AEDT Friday 22 January 2021.
Applications for the Leading Lights program are now open! Applying to become a Leading Lights recipient is a simple process.
Who can apply?
Individuals including storytellers with an interest in documentary and factual content identifying as early-career, Indigenous, and/or from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, who have never attended AIDC before, are eligible to apply.
How many recipients are chosen?
The number of recipients chosen is dependent on the level of support provided by our generous Leading Lights donors. Each donation of $650 provides a Focus Pass subsidising one emerging and/or diverse non-fiction practitioner to experience AIDC.
This year, AIDC will match every donation to enable an additional placement for an emerging/Indigenous or CALD practitioner to experience AIDC 2021.
How are recipients selected?
An industry committee of experienced industry professionals will assess applications and create a shortlist.
What do recipients receive?
Leading Lights recipients are awarded an AIDC 2021 Focus Pass. This pass provides access to all AIDC sessions, panels and masterclasses.
This year, AIDC will also offer additional opportunities for Leading Lights recipients to receive mentoring and professional development at AIDC 2021. Recipients will attend a Leading Lights information session, meet and greet, pitching workshop and the inaugural Leading Lights pitch, presented by Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and Edith Cowan University (ECU).
The full Leading Lights program schedule is available via the link below.
Applications for the Leading Lights program are now open.
For your chance to become a Leading Lights recipient, simply click on the link below and complete the online form.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications for the Leading Lights program close 17:00 AEDT Friday 22 January 2021.
“WHO WILL BE MAKING THE INNOVATIVE DOCUMENTARIES AND FACTUAL SERIES OF TOMORROW? A BUNCH OF CRUSTY OLD-TIMERS IF WE DON’T GIVE THE NEXT GENERATION A LEG-UP! FOR CJZ, BEING A LEADING LIGHTS DONOR HAS BEEN A REWARDING WAY TO SUPPORT NEW VOICES AND NEW TALENTS AS THEY EMBARK ON THEIR JOURNEYS INTO OUR INDUSTRY.”
– ANDREW FARRELL, HEAD OF FACTUAL, CJZ
2020 LEADING LIGHTS DONOR
AIDC is once again calling for tax-deductible donations from Australian screen companies to our 2021 Leading Lights fund. With our commitment to making these funds go even further, there has never been a better time to make a donation.
AIDC believes that inclusivity and diversity in documentary and factual storytelling is vital to a healthy non-fiction screen culture. With the support of our donors, the Leading Lights fund is able to welcome new voices into Australia’s screen community and help them lay the foundations for the future of the industry.
For the first time, every donation for a Leading Lights recipient will result in AIDC providing access for not one – but two – new practitioners to attend the 2021 conference. Donate for five newcomers to attend the conference, and we’ll ensure that ten newcomers are in attendance!
- $650 – 1 x Leading Lights recipient
- $1300 – 2 x Leading Lights recipients
- $1950 – 3 x Leading Lights recipients
- $2600 – 4 x Leading Lights recipients
- $3250 – 5 x Leading Light recipients
*Additional donations are welcome in increments of $650
Leading Lights donors receive:
- AIDC 2021 program guide acknowledgement
- AIDC website acknowledgement
- On-screen acknowledgment before every conference session/screening at AIDC 2021
AIDC is a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. All donations are tax-deductible.
To make a donation at any time, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, AIDC Partnerships and Industry Development Manager.
AIDC GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES OUR 2021 LEADING LIGHTS DONORS.
Funds pledged for 5 x Leading Leading Lights recipients + AIDC matched funding, enabling 10 new placements!
Funds pledged for 2 x Leading Lights recipients + AIDC matched funding, enabling 4 new placements!
Funds pledged for 1 x Leading Lights recipient + AIDC matched funding, enabling 2 additional placements!
- ARTEMIS MEDIA
- CLOSER PRODUCTIONS
- DECEMBER MEDIA
- MEDIA STOCKADE
- MINT PICTURES
- PROJECTOR FILMS
- SPECTRUM FILMS
- UNITED FINISHING ARTISTS
- VIRGO PRODUCTIONS
- WILDING TV
Additional names will be added to this page as further donations are pledged.