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Screenwest has opened a round to offer up to 10 Western Australian Indigenous screen practitioners support to cover the cost of an online ‘All Access Pass’ to the Australian International Documentary Conference’s (AIDC’s) Indigenous Creators Program. Application deadline extended to 5pm AWST, Monday 18 January, 2021.

The program is a dedicated strand of conference session and marketplace activities designed by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending AIDC.

Now in its third year, the Indigenous Creators Program is targeted at all experience levels across the documentary and factual sector and is designed to bring together creators working in all forms of non-fiction screen content.

Consisting of four sessions (including one marketplace activity) over four days, the program provides new opportunities to learn, network, and get access to decision makers and industry professionals. Sessions are open to Indigenous delegates only, with full program to be announced on Thursday 18 January, alongside AIDC’s full program.

The Indigenous Creator program takes place online, alongside AIDC’s broader offering and the application process will be undertaken by interested practitioners through the 2021 AIDC Online Pass Support Round via SmartyGrants.

The online All Access passes through the Indigenous Creator program stream will give you access to:

  • Indigenous Creator Program sessions (full program announced on 28 January 2020)
  • Four full days of AIDC 2021
  • Access to all conference keynotes, sessions and masterclasses, featuring international and local industry heavyweights.
  • Opportunity to submit one (1) film or television project and one (1) audio documentary project to Cut to the Chase, AIDC’s curated pitching market
  • Opportunity to attend up to two (2) Decision Maker Roundtables
  • All general AIDC delegate structured networking opportunities
  • Access to AIDC’s social activities
  • AIDC virtual delegate bag and digital conference guidebook
  • Full access to the event software for online video networking
  • Access to conference sessions post-conference via a catch-up service
  • Discounts to online and physical screenings during the conference


About 2021 AIDC Online Pass Support for the Indigenous Creator Program

Screenwest’s support will cover the cost of an online only All Access Pass to AIDC in 2021 for up to 10 Western Australian, Indigenous applicants. Successful applicants will receive a link to an early-bird discounted-rate AIDC All Access Pass registration to book their own tickets.

Successful applicants for pass support who have had to already purchase a pass through AIDC, will be refunded by AIDC, but will need to complete the registration again via a new link sent from Screenwest once confirmed.



An applicant must first meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be competitively assessed for Indigenous Creator Program pass support:

  • Must be an Indigenous Western Australian screen practitioner
  • Must meet the general eligibility requirements set out in the 2021 Screenwest Terms of Trade
  • Practitioners must hold the underlying rights of up to two projects in development with market potential.

Practitioners that can demonstrate how attending AIDC online and meeting with key industry stakeholders to progress this/these project(s) will be prioritised.

  • Please note that as this is a competitive round, pass support is not assured even where an applicant meets all the minimum eligibility criteria.


Application Materials

Applicants will need to submit:

  • A Completed SmartyGrants Application Form.
  • A Current CV (one page only; a bio will only be accepted in addition to a CV).
  • A summary (no more than one paragraph on each) up to two projects being taken to the market, and confirmation of any current market interest that you may have, via letter or email.
  • A Rationale as to why this online pass is of particular importance for your project/s and your career at this time.


Assessment Criteria

Screenwest will competitively assess all eligible applications against the following assessment criteria:

  • The applicant’s track record
  • Quality and marketability of submitted projects
  • Applicant’s understanding of each project’s market potential
  • Identified rationale and outcomes of attendance as it pertains to the applicant and the project/s submitted
  • Progression of the projects submitted if they have been included in previous travel applications
  • Potential economic and cultural benefits to Western Australia.


How to Apply

To apply for one of 10 online Indigenous Creator program passes, please submit an application through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal and submit any required materials. If you have any questions please reach out for assistance from Screenwest Indigenous Manager Devina McPherson or the Program Assistant Stephanie Cole on their details below.

Apply now via SmartyGrants.

Applications for pass support close Monday, 18 January 2021 at 5:00pm AWST.


Program Contact

Stephanie Cole
Production and Development Assistant, Screenwest
 +61 8 6169 2114

Devina McPherson
Indigenous Manager, Screenwest
T: +61 8 6169 2112


About the Indigenous Marketplace

For the first time, AIDC is introducing an exciting new marketplace opportunity dedicated to Indigenous practitioners with market-ready projects. The marketplace will be highly competitive, pairing the best projects submitted to AIDC with local and international decision makers, specifically looking to work with Indigenous creatives. To be eligible you will need an AIDC ‘All Access Pass’.

For more information and to submit your application to pitch through the Indigenous Marketplace, please visit the AIDC website.

Applications close 31 January 2021.


Contact Screenwest

T: +61 8 6169 2100

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Posted 22 December 2020

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