Documentary filmmakers ready for AIDC 2021

Rachel Griffiths & Craig Reucassel are amongst speakers at next week’s Australian International Documentary Conference.

This year’s event, a year on from when pandemic concerns were starting to impact the 2020 Conference, will be held online.

Actor and director Rachel Griffiths (Muriel’s Wedding, Hilary & Jackie, Six Feet Under) and writer, comedian and documentarian Craig Reucassel (The Chaser, War on Waste) are amongst speakers this year.

Speaking in the session Working With ABC Arts, focusing on new opportunities for Arts content at the ABC, Rachel Griffiths will chat about her new documentary series exploring 100 years of the Archibald Prize. Joining her will be director of Step Into Paradise, Amanda Blue, as well as Executive Producer for ABC Arts TV Kalita Corrigan, with the session moderated by ABC Radio National’s Namila Benson.

Craig Reucassel will be hosting ABC Opening Night Trivia, in a special limited-capacity session.

Alice Burgin, CEO/Conference Director, AIDC said, “AIDC recognises that we live in an urgent and tumultuous time. It is a time that demands we stand together as an industry and make some decisions for our future. Our theme, Moment of Truth, has allowed us to design a program around this concept, and asks our delegates to consider how action, sustainability, resistance and truth can inform the world we want to live in, and the world we want to leave behind. If there was ever a year to attend AIDC and be part of this big conversation, it’s 2021!”

Caroline Pitcher, CEO, Film Victoria said: “AIDC is seizing this unique moment in time to shape the future of factual storytelling and bring together some of the most prominent movers and shakers in the global documentary space. As principal partner, Film Victoria is excited to present award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney in conversation with our own Alicia Brown for just one of the many inspiring discussions that will take place during AIDC 2021.”

Featuring keynotes from documentary heavy-weight Alex Gibney (Taxi To the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Totally Under Control) and Netflix’s VP of Documentary Features, Lisa Nishimura (Tiger King, Making A Murderer, 13th, Crip Camp), AIDC 2021 will also present an impressive line-up of guest speakers working at the forefront of the screen and digital media industries.

Last-minute registrations are now open. AIDC runs online Sun 28 Feb until Wed 3 March.

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