AIDC’s Leading Lights is a philanthropic fund, dedicated to creating a more inclusive and diverse screen industry. The fund has been designed to enable early career, Indigenous, and/or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) non-fiction practitioners to attend AIDC for the first time and establish themselves as part of Australia’s screen community.
This year, in recognition of the hardship facing our sector, AIDC will ensure that Leading Lights donors have more impact than ever before. For every donation enabling a newcomer to attend the conference, AIDC has committed to providing not one but two new practitioners with access to the 2021 event.
Since launching the Leading Lights fund in 2018, 102 industry newcomers have attended AIDC. This is all thanks to the generous contributions of 62 Leading Lights donors, including production companies, bond completion companies and broadcasters, who have supported the next generation of non-fiction practitioners to build their networks and participate in professional development opportunities.
Our 2021 campaign
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.
Information on how new practitioners can apply for a Leading Lights pass will be available soon.
To make a donation to our Leading Lights fund, please contact [email protected], AIDC Partnerships and Industry Development Manager.
“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
BECOME A LEADING LIGHTS DONOR & MAXIMISE YOUR IMPACT
AIDC is currently seeking donations from Australian screen companies to our 2021 Leading Lights fund. All donations are tax-deductible.
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.
To make a donation to our Leading Lights fund, please contact [email protected], AIDC Industry and Partnerships Manager.
AIDC GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES OUR 2021 LEADING LIGHTS DONORS
Funds pledged for 1 x Leading Lights recipient:
Additional names will be added to this page as further donations are pledged.