UPDATE: LEADING LIGHTS APPLICATIONS FOR 2022 ARE NOW CLOSED
Are you an emerging, Indigenous, and/or culturally and linguistically diverse screen creative? Do you have an interest in documentary, factual or unscripted screen content production, but haven’t been to AIDC before?
Apply now for AIDC’s Leading Lights program for your chance to attend AIDC 2022 thanks to the generosity of our Leading Lights Donors.
Leading Lights is AIDC’s philanthropic funding program dedicated to creating a more inclusive and diverse screen industry. Designed to enable early career, Indigenous, and/or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) nonfiction practitioners to attend AIDC for the first time, the program assists industry newcomers to establish themselves as part of Australia’s screen community.
Since launching Leading Lights in 2018, 148 emerging and diverse screen creatives have been able to attend AIDC for the first time and participate in the Leading Lights professional development program.
All selected Leading Lights recipients will receive a Focus pass to attend AIDC 2022 and be eligible to participate in the newly bolstered Leading Lights program thanks to the support of our program partners at AFTRS and ECU.
Applications for the Leading Lights program closed at 23:59 AEDT Wednesday 19 January 2022.
“BEING A 2021 LEADING LIGHT WAS THE PERFECT FIRST LOOK AT AIDC, PROVIDING ME WITH A SUPPORTIVE NETWORK AND ALSO A HEAP OF GUIDANCE ON HOW TO BEST NAVIGATE THE CONFERENCE. I HAVE MADE FANTASTIC CONNECTIONS AND MY SLATE OF PROJECTS IS MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION THANKS TO AIDC.”
– ANNA CHARALAMBOUS, 2021 LEADING LIGHTS RECIPIENT & INAUGURAL LEADING LIGHTS PITCH PARTICIPANT
Thanks to the support of our Leading Lights Program Partners at AFTRS and ECU, the 2022 Leading Lights program includes a suite of new professional development opportunities to help you establish yourself as a vital screen voice.
All 2022 Leading Lights recipients will receive a Focus Pass (Hybrid or Virtual depending on their preference) as well as the opportunity to take part in a number of tailored sessions and events designed to fast track your career in the nonfiction screen sector.
Leading Lights Meet & Greet
All Leading Lights recipients will take part in an in-person meet and greet with industry representatives from screen organisations that generously donated to the Leading Lights Fund. Open to Leading Lights donors and recipients only.
Leading Lights Pitching Workshop
All Leading Lights participants will have an opportunity to learn the art of the project pitch to successfully convey to potential collaborators, broadcasters and distributors what makes their documentary stand out. Open to Leading Lights recipients only.
Leading Lights Pitch
Four Leading Lights recipients will be selected to pitch to a closed room of industry representatives including Leading Lights donors representing broadcasters, producers, screen agencies and funders. Pitchers will receive feedback on their projects, learn valuable industry insights and make new industry connections. Pitch participants will also receive one-on-one mentoring from AFTRS and Edith Cowan University representatives.
In addition, AIDC is introducing two new programs that will further enable our newest nonfiction storytellers to receive invaluable guidance and practical industry experience to take their career to the next level.
Leading Lights Industry Program
The Leading Lights industry program has been designed to support both donors and recipients in a skills and knowledge exchange in which donors seeking new and diverse talent for projects (or their organisation more broadly) can connect with our network of Leading Lights alumni seeking hands-on industry attachments and mentorships.
All 2022 Leading Lights donors will be invited to outline any openings for professional development opportunities to the Leading Lights alumni. Opportunities could include inclusivity attachments, internships or placements, contract or ongoing roles and AIDC will provide donors with a list of eligible Leading Lights practitioners for consideration.
Leading Lights Alumni Program
In 2022, AIDC is introducing an Alumni of previous Leading Lights participants to contribute to the 2022 Leading Lights program. Select Leading Lights Alumni will be invited to provide support and guidance to the 2022 Leading Lights participants as well as take part in the AIDC conference program. Ongoing opportunities will be given to the Alumni after their time at AIDC. This Alumni will provide a directory of emerging, Indigenous, and/or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) nonfiction practitioners for ongoing industry opportunities.
Leading Lights partners:
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.
*Early Career = 0 or 1 credit on a documentary/factual short/feature/series or major interactive work.
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 subsidises one emerging and/or diverse non-fiction practitioner to experience AIDC.
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 2022 Focus Pass. This pass provides access to all AIDC sessions, panels and masterclasses.
Want to help usher in the next generation of emerging and diverse storytellers?
AIDC believes that inclusivity and diversity in documentary and factual storytelling is vital to a healthy nonfiction screen culture. With the support of our industry 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.
Since launching Leading Lights in 2018, 148 emerging and diverse industry newcomers have been able to attend AIDC for the first time and participate in the Leading Lights professional development program.
This is thanks to the generous contributions of 79 Leading Lights donors, including production companies, broadcasters and distributors, who have supported the next generation of nonfiction practitioners to build their networks and establish themselves as part of Australia’s screen community.
AIDC is calling for tax-deductible donations from Australian screen companies to our 2022 Leading Lights fund. With our commitment to making these funds go even further, there has never been a better time to make a donation.
$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 2022 program guide acknowledgment
- AIDC website acknowledgment
- On-screen acknowledgment before every conference session/screening at AIDC 2022
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’s Partnerships & Initiatives Producer.
AIDC GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES OUR 2022 LEADING LIGHTS DONORS.
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Funds pledged for 1 x Leading Lights recipient