AIDC’s Leading Lights is a philanthropic fund dedicated to creating a more inclusive and diverse screen industry. The fund is designed to enable early career, Indigenous, and/or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) nonfiction practitioners to attend AIDC for the first time and establish themselves as part of Australia’s screen community.
Since launching Leading Lights in 2018, 148 industry newcomers have been able to attend AIDC for the first time. 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 participate in professional development
AIDC is now calling for tax-deductible donations from Australian screen companies to our 2022 Leading Lights. Given the hardship experienced by the sector due to COVID-19, there has never been a better time to donate.
Want to donate to the Leading Lights fund? To make a donation at any time, please contact AIDC Partnerships and Initiatives Producer, Chasca Summerville, via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
With program partners AFTRS and ECU, in 2022 we are further expanding our Leading Lights program to create new professional development opportunities and career pathways for Leading Lights recipients.
In 2022, AIDC will again offer networking events and workshops as well as the Leading Lights Pitch, giving emerging filmmakers the opportunity to pitch to donors representing some of the industry’s most influential decision makers.
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 Mentorship Program
The Leading Lights mentorship program has been designed to offer ongoing support to Leading Lights recipients beyond their attendance at the conference. All 2022 Leading Lights donors will be invited to offer a professional development opportunity that would both benefit their organisation and Leading Lights recipients. Opportunities could include one-on-one mentoring sessions, an internship or work placement providing vital upskilling opportunities for emerging talent and introducing new voices to our donor organisations.
AIDC 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.
Leading Lights partners:
2022 Leading Lights Call for Submissions
Information about how new practitioners can apply for the Leading Lights program will be available soon.
“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 PITCHER
Help us to usher in the next generation of diverse factual storytellers by pledging a tax-deductible donation to the 2022 Leading Lights fund.
To make a donation to our Leading Lights fund, please contact AIDC Partnerships and Initiatives Producer, Chasca Summerville, via email@example.com.
- $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 acknowledgement
- AIDC website acknowledgement
- On-screen acknowledgment before every conference session/screening at AIDC 2022
- Opportunity to take part in the Leading Lights Pitch
- Opportunity to participate in the Mentorship program
AIDC is a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. All donations are tax-deductible.
“PARTICIPATING IN AIDC’S LEADING LIGHTS PROGRAM AND PITCH GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS AND WORK ON PITCHING MY PROJECT, THROUGH ONE ON ONE MENTORING WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS, AND TO INTRODUCE MY PROJECT TO BROADCASTERS, FUNDING BODIES, AND PRODUCTION COMPANIES. IT WAS OVERALL AN INCREDIBLY FORMATIVE AND INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE FOR MY PRACTICE AS A DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER.”
– LUCIE MCMAHON, 2021 LEADING LIGHTS RECIPIENT
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.