Andrew Wiseman is leaving his post at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) as conference director and CEO.
Wiseman has decided not to seek a new contract for the position, instead choosing to pursue his own film projects. He will be leaving the role in June after eight months in the position, providing assistance during the transition period.
“This has been a great experience. The AIDC is a wonderful organization that makes a major contribution to documentary, factual and unscripted content in Australia and internationally,” said Wiseman in a statement. “I’ve been very happy to have been part of it, but after a great deal of reflection, I’ve decided my own projects are now my priority.”
Wiseman has spent more than 25 years as an independent producer and director and is credited with producing or co-producing such films as Kokoda, On Richard’s Side, and the Australian Film Institute Award-winning docs My Brother Jack and After the Deluge. He has also developed dramatic fiction films including Curtain and Waiting at the Royal.
“Andrew and his team have maintained the trajectory of growth since the conference moved to Melbourne in 2016 and there’s a truly fabulous launching pad for further growth under a new director and CEO,” AIDC co-chairs Fiona Gilroy and Denise Eriksen added.
The AIDC, which taps the documentary, factual and unscripted industry Down Under, held its 30th anniversary conference last week. The conference drew 678 delegates, speakers and industry leaders from 14 different countries to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, marking the second highest attendance total in its 30-year history.