AIDC 2024 shaping the future of Documentary

AIDC 2024 shaping the future of Documentary

The Australian International Documentary Conference has confirmed first guests and theme for its 2024 conference. to be held in Melbourne in March.

The 2024 theme “Frontlines: Shaping the Future of Documentary & Factual Storytelling” will explore the integrity, urgency, and creative potential of nonfiction storytelling.

The theme highlights how practitioners, industry leaders and advocates are actively shaping what’s to come, while also defending against challenges to the very foundations of practice. Reflecting the conference’s mission to support and elevate all forms of documentary and factual, AIDC 2024 turns its lens to the Frontlines – to secure the future of the sector, ensure its sustainability, and pave the way for unique, bold and engaging nonfiction stories.

AIDC CEO / Creative Director Natasha Gadd, said, “In a time of radical change – where each dawn poses new challenges and possibilities in the pursuit of truth and courageous and authentic representations of the world around us – documentary and factual storytelling has never been more vital. At the frontlines of our sector we champion our most daring, inventive and surprising ideas. It is where we are emboldened to take risks, experiment and test new ground. And it is also a site of resistance, where we question, challenge and advocate. We’re thrilled to announce this incredible first lineup of speakers, decision makers and initiatives for AIDC 2024 as we bring the future into sharp focus and explore new ways of navigating truth, editorial integrity, innovation and creative expression.”

Speakers include Mstyslav Chernov, Director, 20 Days in Mariupol (Ukraine) pictured left, Nainita Desai, Composer, The Deepest Breath, 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible (United Kingdom) pictured right.

The AIDC 2024 marketplace will see an array of new decision makers and companies participating for the very first time, including, Loren Hammonds, Head of Documentary, Time Studios (USA); Nic Meloney, Executive in Charge of Production, Factual and Documentary, CBC (Canada); Kelsey Koenig, VP of Production, Impact Partners (USA); Rebecca Nicholls, Head of Sales & Acquisitions, Espresso Media International (UK); Jinseok Kang, Programmer, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (South Korea); Opal H. Bennett, Executive Producer POV Shorts & Senior Producer POV (USA); and Nick Ward, Senior Commissioner, Non-Scripted, Sky New Zealand (NZ).

The newcomers will participate alongside commissioners and funders from high profile companies in the doc and factual space, like, Ally Gilbert, Head of Content Australia & New Zealand, Prime Video (Australia); Kate Bustamante, Senior Manager, Original Documentaries, Hulu (USA); Ash Hoyle, Programmer, Sundance (USA); and Keisha Knight, Director IDA Funds, International Documentary Association (IDA) (USA) – with many more still to be announced.

AIDC 2024 will take place in-person from Sunday 3 March–Wednesday 6 March at ACMI, Melbourne / Naarm, followed by an online international marketplace, Thursday 7 March–Friday 8 March.