AIDC 2021 moves online

The Australian International Documentary Conference has confirmed its 2021 conference will be held online -but expands on its guest speakers.

The annual event, which coincidentally was last held in Melbourne as COVID-19 was just emerging, will take place from 28 February – 3 March 2021.

Alice Burgin, AIDC CEO and Conference Director, said: “AIDC is excited to be presenting an event that will not only provide our delegates with greater access to the world than ever before, but can do so in a way that is interactive, inspiring and inclusive. We want to thank all of our incredible partners, including Film Victoria, ACMI and Screen Australia, for being so supportive of our vision to create an event driven by urgency and agency during a pivotal time in the world.”

ACMI Director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick said: “As Australia’s national museum of screen culture we are proud to partner with AIDC. Documentary and factual content has never been more important. Next year’s expansive event reflects the richness, vitality and significance of the industry. We look forward to welcoming AIDC back to a renewed ACMI when our doors reopen, and will continue to support this vital sector to thrive and innovate now and into the future.”

Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher said: “AIDC has always connected local and international storytellers who are at the forefront of documentary and factual content globally. Through its online event, AIDC 2021 will bring even more inspiring creators together to share ideas and innovations and form new partnerships. As principal partner, we are proud to give these career-building opportunities to our local screen storytellers.”

The first suite of industry sessions and guest speakers for the 2021 conference include Tabitha Jackson, director of the Sundance Film Festival; Academy Award-nominated David France, director of Welcome to Chechnya; Kirsten Johnson, director of Dick Johnson is Dead; Ellen Windemuth, executive producer of My Octopus Teacher; and Fatima Salaria, newly appointed executive chair of Edinburgh TV Festival, and managing director of Fremantle’s, Naked Television.

Australia’s premier event for documentary and factual content servicing the screen and digital media industries will be a fully online event in 2021. More accessible than ever, the event has been reconfigured to take advantage of the extra potential an online event offers including more international speakers, with the largest contingent of decision makers in over a decade of the conference’s history, and exclusive networking opportunities. In an acknowledgment of the ongoing challenges currently being faced by the creative industries, conference pricing has been reduced for 2021, with an additional discount for the first 100 All Access passes sold. Registrations are now open.

The Conference will tackle the big picture theme – Moment of Truth – recognising that humanity is living in a time when there’s no turning back and crucial decisions need to be made. These decisions will have a profound effect on the world and the multitude of ways our future can be shaped, particularly across the areas of sustainability, resistance, action, truth-telling, innovation and our response to the pandemic.

AIDC continues to partner with leading industry companies and stakeholders including Principal Partner Film Victoria, Presenting Partners ACMI and Screen Australia, plus Major Partners ABC and SBS.

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