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AIDC ’21: “The Australian Dream” wins top prize at inaugural AIDC Awards

Daniel Gordon’s The Australian Dream picked up the Best Feature Documentary prize at the inaugural Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) Awards. The ceremony, held today (March 3), marked the end of ...
March 3, 2021

Daniel Gordon’s The Australian Dream picked up the Best Feature Documentary prize at the inaugural Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) Awards.

The ceremony, held today (March 3), marked the end of this year’s online conference.

A total of six awards were handed out in addition to more than AUD $200,000 of development funding and prizes.

The Australian Dream (pictured), a portrait of the struggles and triumphs of Australian soccer player Adam Goodes, took home a $5,000 cash prize. The film is produced by Good Thing Productions and Passion Pictures.

The Best Documentary/Factual Series award, meanwhile, went to Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian from Liz Allen, Ross Wilson, Laurie Critchley, Aline Jacques and Southern Pictures.

Netflix reality series Love on the Spectrum received special mention from the jury.

Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky from Steven McGregor, Steven Oliver, Anna Grieve, Steve Thomas, Danielle MacLean, Kath Symmons, Tamarind Tree Pictures and Roar Film secured the Best Documentary/Factual Single award.

The $5,000 prize for Best Short-Form Documentary went to My Body Says from Loani Arman, Danielle Redford, Kim Vecera and Mama Bear Productions; with the jury giving special mention to The Loop.

AFTRS from The Eleventh, Alex Mann, Tim Roxburgh, Ninah Kopel, Tim Jenkins, Nikki Tugwell and ABC Audio Studios was recognized in the Best Audio Documentary category, receiving a $3,000 prize.

Best Interactive/Immersive Documentary with a $3,000 cash prize went to Mt Resilience from Emma Morris, PHORIA and ABC in partnership with CSIRO & BOM.

As previously announced, the Stanley Hawes Award was presented to Michaela Perske, director and principal producer of Pursekey Films.

In addition to the AIDC Awards, conference organizers announced numerous other prizes including the $25,000 State of Play Prize for projects that blend documentary and gaming, launched in partnership with Film Victoria.

The prize was awarded to Love Letters to Our Trees from producers Wildling Productions and Two Moos.

Elsewhere, four projects were selected to receive developing funding as part of the SBS Australia Uncovered prize: The Carnival from Torchlight Media; Hard-Ons from Living Eyes Pty Ltd; Reprotech from SAM Content Pty Ltd; and Kids Raising Kids from Only Human.

Australian pubcaster SBS will also be reaching out to production companies Walking Fish and Good Thing Productions about a commission for their project After Trauma, as part of Series 2 of SBS Australia Uncovered, according to AIDC.

Finally, the Finch prize was presented to Projector Films’ Norita as part of AIDC’s pitching showcase The FACTory, presented by Film Victoria.

The prize comprises four weeks of in-kind post-production facilities and/or services by Finch in Sydney, including grade, online and mastering to the value of $45,000.

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