See the bigger picture at AIDC 2019

AIDC 2019 will take documentary filmmaking beyond borders

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has opened registrations and announced its first headline speakers, marketplace guests and sessions for AIDC 2019 – the premier event for documentary, factual and interactive non-fiction screen content attended by broadcasters, storytellers, entrepreneurs and documentary fans from Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond.


With Film Victoria as the Principal Partner, next year’s conference will focus on international co-production and co-financing, encouraging guests and delegates to look beyond borders and take a big picture view of global opportunities in the documentary and factual market over the four-day international marketplace, forum and screening program.

In this vein, Diane Weyermann (An Inconvenient Truth, Citizenfour, Food Inc. and America To Me), President of Documentary Film & Television at Participant Media, a company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change, has been announced as the first headline guest.

Diane will head one of the two major sessions, Working with the USA, where she will be joined by the Head of Development at Cinereach, Elliott Whitton, PBS Vice President, News & Independent Film, Marie Nelson, and the International Documentary Association’s Education Programs Manager, Ranell Shubert.

Also announced is the Nordic Focus session, which brings together documentary commissioners Axel Arno (Why Slavery?) from SVT and Erkko Lyytinen (Over the Limit) from YLE to talk about their most recent successes, as well as North/South co-production opportunities with Australia.


The AIDC Marketplace is also open for registrations. Producers of all experience levels across documentary and factual forms can apply to pitch their project to decision makers through numerous pitching and networking opportunities. Apply now for:

  • The FACTory – proudly presented by Film Victoria, The FACTory is AIDC’s one-day public pitching forum designed to showcase projects to local and international decision makers. Deadline: 12 December 2018
  • Cut to the Chase – structured one-on-one pitch meetings between producers and decision makers. Deadline: 31 January 2019
  • Pitch Australiana – a short-form documentary pitch competition co-presented by VICE Media and Screen Australia. Deadline: 10 December 2018
  • Untold Australia – in which SBS seeks new stories for the popular documentary strand of the same name. Deadline: 7 January 2019


Film Victoria is also offering a limited number of Focus conference passes to early career Victorian factual content creators with a project in development to attend AIDC. Keep an eye out on our website and sign up to our eNews for updates, as applications will open early December.

AIDC 2019 will take place between 3 and 6 March 2019 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne. Register now and watch this space for many more key international decision makers, speakers and events announced in the coming weeks.