Former Amazon Studios co-head Ted Hope and filmmaker Nanfu Wang highlight the early announcements of what’s in store for the 2022 Australian International Documentary Conference.
Hope, who has also produced more than 70 films including Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America and The Devil and Daniel Johnston, and Wang (In the Same Breath, One Child Nation) will both speak at the event. They’ll be joined by Academy Award-winning producer Eva Orner, who is directing the upcoming Amazon Prime Original documentary Burning, and executive producer Sue Maslin.
The AIDC’s central theme at next year’s event is “bearing witness.” What that means is AIDC 2022 will discuss how documentaries have continued to tell stories from the frontlines and margins about under-represented communities, and worked to act as an agent of change, through the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns, travel restrictions and border closures the pandemic created.
AIDC organizers say the program will explore this theme through discussing investigative documentary and interrogation, films that cover change and accountability by speaking truth to power, crafting observations to capture the everyday on film, capturing the present for future archives, and potential futures through innovation and regeneration.
The conference has also opened submissions for its Cut to the Chase curated meetings program, its new DocPlay Originals Pitch contest, and the Getty Images Archive Pitch. The AIDC Awards will also return, celebrating long and short-form documentary, factual works, and new and emerging forms of non-fiction storytelling.
Next year will mark the first hybrid AIDC in its 34-year history, with both in-person and online aspects to the conference. The in-person conference sessions will be held in Melbourne from March 6 to 9, and simultaneously broadcast via the AIDC online event platform. An international market for documentary and factual content will also be held March 10 to 11, available only online.
“Exploring the theme Bearing Witness, AIDC 2022 celebrates non-fiction storytellers who continue to innovate and adapt to bring us stories during times of crisis,” said Natasha Gadd, AIDC CEO and creative director in a statement.
“Taking this lead, AIDC is proud to introduce our first ever hybrid event to enable documentary and factual creators to access AIDC 2022 in-person and online from anywhere in the world. We’re thrilled to be able to share a taste of our world-class speakers and buyers as well as a host of new industry initiatives designed to facilitate creative and business outcomes, aid recovery and contribute to a sustainable and vibrant future for our industry.”