Announcing the first speaker, marketplace guests and sessions for AIDC 2019
Looking Beyond Borders
A focus on international co-production and co-financing will see guests and delegates at AIDC 2019 looking beyond borders and taking a big picture view of global opportunities in the documentary and factual market.
This outward looking perspective sees Diane Weyermann, President of Documentary Film & Television at Participant Media, a company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change, as AIDC 2019’s first major guest.
Ms Weyermann’s many credits as Executive Producer include the seminal films An Inconvenient Truth, Citizenfour, and Food Inc., and more recently, America To Me [pictured above], which is currently streaming on Stan.
Image: Diane Weyermann, President of Documentary Film & Television at Participant Media
Sessions With A Northern Outlook
AIDC 2019’s session program kicks off with two major panels: Working with the USA and Nordic Focus.
Diane Weyermann will be joined on the Working with the USA session with Elliott Whitton, the Head of Development at Cinereach; Marie Nelson, PBS Vice President, News & Independent Film; and Ranell Shubert, the International Documentary Association’s Education Programs Manager.
Image: Elliot Whitton, Head of Development at Cinereach
Image: Marie Nelson, PBS Vice President, News & Independent Film
Image: Ranell Shubert, Education Programs Manager at the International Documentary Association
Producers who love Scandinavian television won’t want to miss AIDC 2019’s Nordic Focus session. AIDC brings together documentary commissioners from SVT (Axel Arno, Why Slavery?) and YLE (Erkko Lyytinen, Over the Limit) to talk about their most recent successes as well as North/South co-production opportunities with Australia.
Image: Erkko Lyytinen, Commissioning Editor at YLE
AIDC MARKETPLACE 2019
These decision makers are part of AIDC’s larger marketplace, which includes numerous pitching and networking opportunities for producers of all experience levels across documentary and factual forms, with over $100,000 of commissioning funds already committed.
Applications are now open for Cut to the Chase, AIDC’s program of structured one-on-one pitch meetings between producers and decision makers; and The FACTory, AIDC’s centrepiece public pitching forum for projects with national and international appeal.
In addition, filmmakers can enter the Pitch Australiana competition, a short-form documentary pitch co-presented by VICE Media and Screen Australia; and the Untold Australia pitch, in which SBS seeks new stories for the popular documentary strand of the same name.
Alice Burgin, CEO/Conference Director for AIDC said: “AIDC 2019 promises a program packed with sessions and guests responding to our theme The Bigger Picture. It’s about taking a step back to celebrate the eclectic ecosystem of the Australian non-fiction industry, as well as the positive role we all can play as creative agents within the broader global filmmaking community.”
Caroline Pitcher, CEO of Film Victoria, said: “Documentary filmmaking has immense power to tell deeply meaningful stories. Our support of AIDC ensures that this medium continues to evolve and find new audiences to inspire. With this year’s program offering a mix of new and continuing initiatives, practitioners will be pushed to expand their thinking around craft and content, with unparalleled opportunities to connect with the international market. Film Victoria is proud to be principal partner once again, bringing the world’s top documentarians to Melbourne as a world-class screen hub.”
Katrina Sedgwick, CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) said: “ACMI is proud to be the home of AIDC again in 2019. This vital gathering of the documentary community each year enables sharing of ideas, building of networks, and business opportunities that can only happen through proximity. Our museum not only hosts the conference but the AIDC team all year round in our co-working space ACMI X. We are proud to be the major sponsor of AIDC but equally delighted that this support enables proximity with our team to collaborate right across the program, and to welcome the documentary sector into the museum that celebrates their work all year round.”