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 launching, 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.

In 2022, we want to continue to provide professional development opportunities for emerging, Indigenous and CALD practitioners to access AIDC sessions and masterclasses as well as the Leading Lights Pitch, Industry Program & Alumni.

We are inviting you to make a tax-deductible donation to the value of one or more AIDC Focus Pass ($650 per participant) to help usher in a new generation of factual storytellers.

Learn more about the Leading Lights program. 

Donate now and become a Leading Light today.


“Investing in talented creatives and strong original ideas is at the heart of everything Princess pictures does. AIDC’s Leading Lights program aligns perfectly with our values and is an ideal way for Princess to be supporting the next generation of documentary and factual content creators.”

Jenni Tosi, Managing Director, Princess Pictures

“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


“The experience of being able to attend AIDC as a recipient of Leading Lights was inspirational. The contacts with the documentary industry family were phenomenal and great for my producer skills”.

Rob Llewellyn, Leading Lights recipient 

“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 recipient 


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