Call for applications: AIDC Regionality: Cairns 2023 Market Grants

Call for applications: AIDC Regionality: Cairns 2023 Market Grants

AIDC and Screen Queensland, in partnership with Screenworks, will host Regionality Cairns’ second documentary and factual industry event on Friday 28 July 2023.

Screen Queensland Chief Executive Dr Belinda Burns said: “We are delighted to bring this invaluable event and its stellar program back to Cairns for another year. Regionality Cairns offers a unique opportunity for local professionals to connect with national and international industry leaders in the factual space. It is also a great platform to showcase the thriving film industry of North and Far North Queensland and its talented and diverse professionals.”

AIDC CEO/Creative Director Natasha Gadd said: “Following the incredible reception from last year’s inaugural Regionality event in Cairns, AIDC are eager to return with this year’s stellar range of sessions, speakers and networking opportunities for regional Queensland documentaries and factual storytellers.

“Thanks to our collaborative partners Screen Queensland and Screenworks, we are thrilled to be able to bring this vibrant industry event to Far North Queensland to connect Queensland’s regional talent with local and international decision makers, inspire new creative ideas and connections and highlight the distinct and multifaceted storytellers in the region.

Screen Queensland also offers professionals based in Far North Queensland and North Queensland the opportunity to apply for travel support through their Market Grants scheme to attend Regionality Cairns.

This year’s busy one-day schedule offers exclusive insights into co-creation and impactful campaigns, such as access to film funds and pitch-ready projects, a wildlife cinema masterclass, a focus on wildlife fact series First Nations, industry networking and 1:1 curated meetings with industry representatives, all designed with the needs of regional physicians and factual practitioners in mind.

Leading the way is Co-creation and Impact with The Territory team, an exclusive session with director Alex Pritz and impact producer José Neto of the Peabody Award-winning National Geographic documentary and the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. field of the tireless struggle of the indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, The Territory has proven to be a game-changer in terms of authentic collaborative filmmaking and generation of tangible films, global impact and legislative change. Alex and Jose will reveal how a dynamic team of key local and international creatives came together to bring a local story to global audiences, creating one of the most powerful films of the year.

For those seeking an in-depth understanding of the latest developments in the natural history space, Natural Talent: A Masterclass in Wildlife Filmmaking brings together production companies and filmmakers implementing new filmmaking technologies to capture the lands, seas and skies of Far North Queensland . Richard Fitzpatrick of leading aquatic and natural history production company Biopixel, joins Phil Breslin, host of First Weapons and creator of Built to Survive, and Dr. the region.

Phil Breslin also joins the Focus On: First Nations Factual Series special panel, which celebrates First Nations storytellers who are working across multiple formats, genres and audiences to create some of this year’s most anticipated series. Joined by Bacon Factory Films’ Dean Gibson (Incarceration Nation, First Weapons) and Inkey Media’s Dena Curtis (Back to Nature, Rebel With a Cause), the session will provide an essential deep dive into First Nations storytelling and craft.

For professionals seeking industry insights and vital practical knowledge to help them position projects to be market-ready and ultimately funded, REGIONALITY CAIRNS presents two highly constructive sessions: Pitch Toolbox: The Must-Haves to get you Market-Ready, where broadcasters ABC and SBS, streaming service DocPlay and film agency Screen Queensland will provide insights into market trends, what they support and how to present them; and Industry Roundtable: Meet the Film Funds Making a Difference, with representatives from global organizations Doc Society and International Documentary Association (IDA) revealing local and international funding and mentoring opportunities.

For filmmakers presenting a project, seeking first-hand knowledge or looking to make new connections, REGIONALITY’s Doc Chat 1:1 Meetings program returns, with all delegates eligible to apply to face-to-face with decision makers and special guests of the event. And to cap off the day, Networking Drinks will see all attendees invited to catch up with industry peers, make new connections and celebrate the regional and FNQ’s talented community of documentary and fact makers.

Tickets are on sale now through AIDC, priced at $80 GST included, or $70 GST included for AIDC and Screenworks members and $55 GST included for students, and provide access to all five sessions, signups a Doc Chat and networking drinks.

Regionality Cairns

Applicants from North and Far North Queensland are eligible to apply Here.