Co-presented by AIDC and Screen Queensland, in collaboration with Screenworks, REGIONALITY CAIRNS is a one-day industry event for screen practitioners in regional Queensland interested in documentary and/or factual screen content. 

Including project pitching opportunities, sector networking, and exclusive masterclasses and industry panels featuring local and global documentary and factual talent, REGIONALITY CAIRNS is designed to provide national and international exposure for nonfiction screen practitioners from regional and Far North Queensland. 

REGIONALITY CAIRNS will be held at the Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) in Cairns, Queensland, on Friday 2 September 2022. See the BUY TICKETS section below to register. 

Read the full program announcement media release here


So who’s participating in REGIONALITY CAIRNS?

We’ve put together an amazing line-up of speakers and decision makers to participate in this one-day industry program.

From award-winning filmmakers to international festival programmers and local commissioners, these industry experts can provide advice to help make your project a reality.

Meet our Speakers & Decision Makers.

Please note: applications for our Doc Chat 1:1 Meetings with attending REGIONALITY CAIRNS decision makers open soon. Sign up to the AIDC eNews to be the first to know when they open.


Keen to know more about the sessions taking place as part of REGIONALITY CAIRNS?

From a masterclass on taking local stories to world audiences, to an in-depth look at the art of project pitching, we’ve got a great full-day program in store for attendees.

See the full details of REGIONALITY CAIRNS Sessions.


Don’t miss your chance for some face time with the experts! Ticketholders for REGIONALITY CAIRNS have the opportunity to apply for curated 1:1 speed meetings with selected attending decision makers and special guests to make connections, pitch projects and ask all of your burning doc and factual questions

Register your interest now for Doc Chat 1:1 Meetings with these decision makers:

  • Jeni McMahon – Development & Investment Lead (Documentary), Screen Australia
  • Ian Lynch – Content Manager, Screen Queensland
  • Julie Hanna – Manager of Factual, ABC
  • Stephen Oliver – Manager of Documentary, ABC
  • Josie Mason-Campbell – Head of Unscripted, Fremantle Media 
  • Bettina Dalton – Executive Producer & Principal, Wildbear Entertainment
  • Christopher Amos – Director, Producer & CEO, Chrysaor Productions
  • Jeanie Davison – Industry Development Manager, Screenworks

Please Note: you must purchase a valid ticket for REGIONALITY CAIRNS to be eligible for Doc Chat 1:1 Meetings.

When you register your interest you will be asked to select a first and second preference for meetings. If you have a project to pitch, you will be asked to provide a short overview. 

Doc Chat 1:1 Meetings will take place during the lunchbreak on Friday 2 September 2022. The deadline to register your interest is 11.59pm Sunday 28 August 2022.


Please note: to access this form you will need to follow the prompts from the above link and either register for a free MY AIDC account or log into your existing account.


9.30 AM – 10.00 AM Doors Open

10.00 AM – 10.15 AM Welcome by AIDC

10.15 AM – 11.15 AM Lensing the Invisible: a Masterclass with Rita Baghdadi

11.15 AM – 11.45 AM Morning Tea Break

11.45 AM – 12.45 PM Going North! Meet the Canadian & US Decision Makers

12.45 PM – 2.00 PM Lunch Break

1.00 PM – 1.45 PM Doc Chat 1:1 Meetings

2.00 PM – 3.30PM The Art of the Pitch with Douglas Watkin & Veronica Fury

3.30 PM – 4.00 PM Afternoon Tea Break

4.00 PM – 5.00 PM Doc Passport: Pathways for Australian Films to Go Global

5.00 PM – 6.00 PM Networking Drinks (at DoubleTree by Hilton)

Please note, all times are in AEST and all sessions take place in CPAC Studio unless otherwise noted.


Purchase your tickets for the one-day REGIONALITY CAIRNS industry program.

Tickets are now on sale and provide access to all REGIONALITY CAIRNS sessions.

  • Regular $75 + Booking Fees
  • AIDC & Screenworks Members* $65  + Booking Fees
  • Student Discount* $55 + Booking Fees

*Promo Code required. Email for your promo code.

**Proof of student status will need to be provided at the event to gain entry.

Tickets are limited so don’t delay – purchase your tickets today!



Clicking the BUY TICKETS link above will take you to an external website where you will complete your purchase. After purchase you will receive an email instructing you to complete a REGIONALITY CAIRNS registration form. Your registration for the event is not complete until the registration form is submitted.