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Australian Int’l Doc Conference unveils full 2019 program

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), which taps the documentary, factual and unscripted industry Down Under, has unveiled its full program for the 2019 event, to be held in Melbourne ...
February 7, 2019

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), which taps the documentary, factual and unscripted industry Down Under, has unveiled its full program for the 2019 event, to be held in Melbourne this March.

This year’s AIDC program – full of sessions, speakers, screenings, events, decision makers and marketplace opportunities – encourages the Australian documentary and factual community to consider “the bigger picture” when confronting the industrial and cultural challenges of digital disruption, funding scarcity and reactionary populism, finding instead opportunities, inspiration and reasons for optimism, according to a release from the festival.

The 2019 program includes more than 40 panel sessions and masterclasses from 60-plus speakers. Covered in those sessions and masterclasses will be co-­production, distribution, documentary craft and new technology strands. They will sit alongside marketplace and pitching sessions with AU$250,000 in commissioning and development funding available.

“We’ve been reminded a lot in the last little while that the struggle for those working in the documentary and factual industry is real. While we do want to recognize this, AIDC also prides itself on being a beacon of hope, creating opportunities, building networks and supporting ideas,” said Alice Burgin, AIDC’s CEO and conference director, in a statement.

She added: “Our co‐production strand is in part a way to highlight in our program that we do in fact live in a world that wants to engage, create and work with us. From Singapore to Sweden, international commissioners and producers will be speaking on sessions focusing on the opportunities for genuine collaborative outcomes –­ which is part of what the bigger picture is really all about.”

Craft sessions will include such filmmakers and producers as Sandi Tan (Shirkers), Diane Weyermann (An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power), Tom Brisley (Under the Wire) Al Hicks (Quincy), Eddie Martin (Have You Seen the Listers?), John Brown (Dynasties), Tosca Looby (The Magical Land of Oz), Gabrielle Brady (Island of the Hungry Ghosts) and Tamra Simmons (Surviving R. Kelly).

Science and technology media experts, interactive non-fiction creators and distribution professionals will spotlight innovation across the areas of form, storytelling and distribution.

Inaugural pitching opportunities at AIDC 2019, meanwhile, include Raw Data, Real Stories, a data journalism pitch, and Sound it Out, an audio documentary pitch.

Elsewhere, the debut of the Non‐Fiction Documentary Showcase will feature 14 films, including several premieres and special screenings. Highlighted will be Lifetime’s timely docuseries Surviving R. Kelly; Lisa Jackson’s virtual reality project Biidaaban: First Light; Sari Braithwaite’s [Censored]; Gabrielle Brady’s Island of the Hungry Ghosts; Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones’ archival driven Quincy; Paul Anton Smith’s Have You Seen My Movie?; Gary Hustwit‘s Rams; Chris Martin’s war-torn epic Under the Wire (pictured); Jill Magid’s portrait of Mexico’s most famous architect in The Proposal; Cameron Yates’ profile of a 19-year-old celebrity culinary artist in Chef Flynn; the final episode of Undercurrent, a CJZ production for Channel Seven; Sandi Tan’s Shirkers; Travis Beard’s musically focused Rockabul; Pat Fiske’s digitally restored documentary Rocking the Foundations; Marta Prus’ Over the Limit; and Brodie Poole’s Where the River Runs Red.

For further information and this year’s schedule to AIDC, click here.

AIDC 2019 will run March 3 to 6 in Melbourne, Australia.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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