The Australian International Documentary Conference is calling on supporters to donate to Leading Lights, a philanthropic fund for emerging and diverse documentary practitioners.

We believe that a diversity of voices and perspectives is vital for a healthy screen industry. Established in 2018, the Leading Lights Fund is designed to enable early career, Indigenous and CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) practitioners with the opportunity to attend the AIDC conference.

Since its inception the Fund has introduced 66 diverse voices and perspectives to AIDC for the first time (26 in 2018, 40 in 2019), enriching the documentary and factual community and building the foundations for the future of the industry.

In 2020, we want to continue to provide professional development opportunities for emerging, Indigenous and CALD practitioners to access AIDC sessions and masterclasses.

We are inviting you to make a tax-deductible donation to the value of one or more AIDC Focus Pass ($605 per pass) to help usher in a new generation of factual storytellers.

Donate now and become a Leading Light today.


“Our industry needs greater diversity of voices to ensure its ongoing relevance and vitality, and Leading Lights offers an opportunity for the next generation to meet industry leaders and make connections that could set them on the path to career success.”
Darren Dale, Managing Director, Blackfella Films

“Giving new filmmakers a chance to attend AIDC is a fabulous opportunity to gain experience and build lasting relationships. If only this had been around when we were emerging!”
Rebecca Barry, Producer, Media Stockade

“Helping to foster new talent in the nonfiction sector ultimately benefits us all.”
Mikael Borglund, CEO and MD, Beyond Screen Production.


“Being part of the Leading Lights program meant that my first AIDC was a warm, energising and hugely successful four days. The access to decision makers and international guests was remarkable, and I constantly felt supported, stimulated and welcomed by AIDC and the extended factual community”.
Sam Lara, Leading Lights participant 2018

“Being a part of the Leading Lights program was amazing and helped me realise there are so many doors just waiting to be opened.” 
Tegan Rodgers, Leading Lights participant 2018

The Leading Lights program is © 2018 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC)