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AIDC opens mentorship program applications

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has opened applications for the 2020 Access Mentorship & Professional Development Program, now in its fourth year, in partnership with Singapore’s Beach House Pictures, ...
October 23, 2019

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has opened applications for the 2020 Access Mentorship & Professional Development Program, now in its fourth year, in partnership with Singapore’s Beach House Pictures, a Blue Ant Media company.

Access offers doc and factual screen media creators the chance to work one-on-one with international industry professionals during the four days of AIDC 2020 to hone their skills and develop new ideas.

At the end of the program, one project will be selected for the Access Prize, which includes a one-month paid internship with Beach House Pictures in Singapore. The internship is designed to provide hands-on experience with a leading production house and an opportunity to further develop the mentee’s project.

A second Access participant will get a complimentary festival pass to the UK’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, taking place in June of next year.

Six mentee places are available to doc or factual screen media creators with an original idea in early development to be paired off with mentors.

Mentors have not yet been announced. Previous mentors have included Jennifer Peedom (director of Mountain), Ezra Edelman (director of O.J.: Made in America), Sandi Tan (pictured right; director of Shirkers), Robert Fernandez (producer of Wormwood), Sara Ramsden (creative director of Love Productions), and more.

Applications are now open on the AIDC website, and the deadline to apply is Dec. 13 at 11:59 p.m. AEDT.

Anyone aged 18 and over living in Australia with a non-fiction screen project idea in early stages of development is eligible. Early-career, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), and Indigenous practitioners are encouraged to apply.

“We’re really delighted to be working together with AIDC to present the Access Mentorship Program for the fourth year running and we’re looking forward to welcoming another aspiring Australian filmmaker for internship at our Singapore production facility in 2020,” said Donovan Chan, Beach House Pictures creative director, in a statement. “We’ve had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a range of Access interns over the past three years which has been of both professional and cultural benefit to all parties involved.”

“After AIDC and the mentorship experience, I’ve never been more optimistic that I might have a future as a documentary filmmaker,” added 2019 Sheffield Doc/Fest pass prize-winner Sarah Steel.

(Photo by Teresa Noble, courtesy of AIDC)

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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