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A program with a strong focus on market opportunities for Australian factual filmmakers will be the hallmark of the 2018 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) to be held 4 – 7 March 2018 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne.

Registrations for AIDC 2018 are now open.

AIDC 2018 Headline Guest, Sara Ramsden. Image courtesy of AIDC.

Drawing on the Conference theme ‘Southern Exposure’, Conference Director Alice Burgin said AIDC 2018 is where Australian voices in documentary get to shine.

“AIDC 2018 will bring new buyers to market and match them more efficiently with Australian producers, explore the most important developments in factual through world-class speakers and creators, and ensure the longevity of the local industry by ushering in new documentary talent.

It’s about making sure Australian filmmakers can keep telling great stories, and the Australian industry remains a leader in documentary and factual production.”

Ms Burgin also announced AIDC 2018’s first headline guest, Sara Ramsden, newly-appointed Creative Director of Love Productions (UK), the production company responsible for FILTHY RICH & HOMELESS, as well as the multi award-winning THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF and MUSLIMS LIKE US.

Previously at Channel 4, Ms Ramsden is one of the world’s top commissioning editors of high-rating factual formats.

The full AIDC 2018 program of more than 30 sessions and more than 100 speakers and decision makers will be announced in the coming months.

Registrations are also now open until 8 February 2018 for the new Cut to the Chase, which replaces Speed Pitching.

At AIDC’s international pitching forum The FACTory, which this year has the added incentive of the $50,000 Unfinished Prize for Documentary, teams of producers pitch documentary and factual projects to a panel of Decision Makers in a public arena setting with the aim of obtaining funding, pre-sales and co-production support.

AIDC, VICE and Screen Australia have partnered in Pitch Australiana, where early career Australian filmmakers can pitch a short documentary project idea in the hope of securing a $50,000 commission for a new work to screen on and SBS Viceland

These opportunities will be complemented by AIDC’s returning program of Roundtables – gathering small groups of producers for intimate sessions with key Decision Makers – and a vibrant Networking program of social events, business lunches and mixers.

AIDC also welcomes a new major partner – independent VR studio Jumpgate VR – as the main supporter of VR+ (VR plus) AIDC’s unique nonfiction VR/AR/interactive marketplace.

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Posted 15 November

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