Australian International Documentary Conference reveals first glance at 2022 hybrid program

AIDC-2020-photo-by-Robin-McNicholasThe premier event for non-fiction screen content in the Southern Hemisphere – the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) – has announced the first suite of in-person and online programming for its 2022 March conference.

With submissions already open for The FACTory international pitching forum, AIDC also seeks applications for its Cut to the Chase curated meetings program, the new DocPlay Originals Pitch and the Getty Images Archive Pitch, as well as announcing the return of the hugely successful AIDC Awards.

Committed to supporting and elevating nonfiction storytelling through a range of creative and business opportunities, AIDC is an innovative and industry-leading event welcoming industry players from all over the globe to drive collaboration, production and industry development across film, television, streaming and digital media, and to inspire innovation and ignite social change.

This conference will be the first under the direction of visionary new leader, CEO and Creative Director Natasha Gadd, who brings to the role more than two decades of industry experience and a passion for elevating and progressing the sector.

“Exploring the theme Bearing Witness, AIDC 2022 celebrates nonfiction storytellers who continue to innovate and adapt to bring us stories during times of crisis,” said Natasha Gadd, AIDC CEO / Creative Director.

“Taking this lead, AIDC is proud to introduce our first ever hybrid event to enable documentary and factual creators to access AIDC 2022 in-person and online from anywhere in the world.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to share a taste of our world-class speakers and buyers as well as a host of new industry initiatives designed to facilitate creative and business outcomes, aid recovery and contribute to a sustainable and vibrant future for our industry,” said Gadd.

Through its central theme, Bearing Witness, AIDC 2022 will consider how documentaries have continued to bring us vital stories from the frontlines and the margins during a time of pandemic-driven lockdowns, travel restrictions and border closures.

In a year of immense social upheaval, environmental change, political unrest and cultural reckonings, documentarians have turned their lenses to all corners of the globe, expanding our knowledge of the world we live in, giving visibility and voice to the underrepresented, and acting as an agent of change.

The AIDC 2022 program will explore the act, art and impact of Bearing Witness via sub-themes; On the Record (investigative documentary and interrogation); Truth to Power (films for change, accountability and impact), Moments in Time (crafting observation, capturing the everyday); Documenting History (memories of the present, archives for the future); and Future Visions (innovation, regeneration and potential futures).

In a landmark moment in its 34-year history, AIDC 2022 will deliver its first ever hybrid in-person and online conference, allowing Australia’s foremost documentary and factual content event to be accessible to all.

The in-person conference sessions will return to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne from 6 – 9 March, simultaneously broadcast via the AIDC online event platform for remote participants. In addition, an international market for documentary and factual content will take place 10 – 11 March available only online, for all AIDC marketplace participants.

The hybrid event will allow attending delegates to enjoy in-person sessions, masterclasses, networking, and marketplace activities in Melbourne, whilst remote delegates can view session livestreams and take part in the international online market from anywhere in the world.

Guest speakers confirmed include: Ted Hope, former Co-Head of Movies at Amazon Studios and trailblazing independent film producer of over 70 films including Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America and Sundance Award-winner The Devil and Daniel Johnston; and Nanfu Wang, Independent Spirit Award and Peabody Award winning director of In the Same Breath and Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner One Child Nation.

Also featured will be Eva Orner, Oscar and Emmy Award-winning producer of Taxi to the Dark Side, director of AACTA award-winning Chasing Asylum and Amazon Prime Original Burning; and Sue Maslin, executive producer of Brazen Hussies, Anonymous Club and Jill Bilcock: Dancing The Invisible – with many more to be announced.

“Future Visions is not only one of the themes of the 2022 program but encapsulates why Film Victoria is delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with AIDC,” said Caroline Pitcher, CEO of Film Victoria.

“This innovative conference continues to evolve, and with 2022 offering a hybrid online and in-person experience – we will see this leading industry event reach an even wider audience. We can’t wait to see everyone gather in Melbourne for AIDC next year,” said Pitcher.

“As the national museum of screen culture, ACMI is proud to be the home of AIDC and to host its hybrid event in 2022 online, and excitingly in person at our renewed museum,” said Katrina Sedgwick OAM, ACMI Director & CEO.

“Factual content has always been at the heart of ACMI and along with our ongoing screening and public programs the Story of the Moving Image celebrates the breadth and power of factual content.”

“Providing AIDC with accommodation year round and hosting the conference in the heart of Melbourne supports our industry and connects our audiences to these makers and their work,” said Sedgwick.

Returning after a widely successful launch in 2021, submissions for the AIDC Awards – which recognise the outstanding work of new publicly released Australian documentary and factual content – are now open.

Capping the AIDC Awards is the Stanley Hawes Award – a $5,000 prize presented annually at AIDC to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian documentary, factual or unscripted screen sector.

The stellar line up of jurors for the AIDC Awards will be announced next month and the AIDC awards presentation ceremony will take place at the AIDC on Wednesday 9 March 2022.

Registration for AIDC 2022 is open now, with both hybrid (in-person and online) and virtual (online only) pass types available, opening up AIDC’s many opportunities to industry players in any location across the globe.

The 2022 Australian International Documentary Conference will run 6 – 9 March in person and online, with an online-only international marketplace 10 – 11 March 2022. For more information and to register, visit: for details.

Image: 2020 Australian International Documentary Conference (supplied)