At the Frontlines: Shaping the Future of Documentary & Factual Storytelling at AIDC 2024

The full program for AIDC 2024 includes 2024 Oscar®-nominated directors Mstyslav Chernov (20 Days in Mariupol) and Kaouther Ben Hania (Four Daughters) and networking and professional development opportunities for nonfiction practitioners.

This week Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) announced the full program for their 2024 event – featuring 70 speakers across 40+ sessions, and the involvement of over 100 industry decision makers – to be held at ACMI from 3-6 March with an online-only international marketplace 7-8 March 2024. 

For 2024, the program’s theme Frontlines: Shaping the Future of Documentary & Factual Storytelling, highlights the integrity, urgency, and creative potential of nonfiction storytelling. The conference will explore and delve into this theme further through an extensive program of talks, workshops, and initiatives.

The 2024 AIDC program will include top level screen and media professionals – both international and domestic – from across the sector. The lineup features Spotlight sessions by two directors of 2024 Academy Award® Best Documentary-nominated films: Ukrainian journalist and filmmaker Mstyslav Chernov (20 Days in Mariupol), Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania (Four Daughters) and previously Oscar®-nominated composer Nainita Desai of The Deepest Breath, For Sama, and 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible.

Also on the lineup are R.J. Cutler and Trevor Smith of This Machine Filmworks, the USA-based director-producer team behind hit documentaries like The September Issue, Listen to Me Marlon, Big Vape: the Rise & Fall of Juul, and Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry; Rachel Perkins, founder of Blackfella Films, responsible for landmark documentary series First Australians; and Luke Lorentzen (Midnight Family) and Ashleigh McArthur, director and co-producer/additional editor of the Oscar®-shortlisted documentary feature A Still Small Voice

The conference will again offer countless networking and professional development opportunities for nonfiction practitioners, from early and aspiring through to experienced creators.

On the screen business front, an exciting array of representatives from streamers, studios, distributors, producers, funds, foundations, festivals and broadcasters will attend the conference, including Prime Video, Stan, and Hulu, as well as leading broadcasters, like National Geographic, BBC and SBS. Not to mention, studios, distributors and producer-distributors for some of the world’s most captivating documentaries and releases, such as Condé Nast, Sandbox Films, Cat&Docs, and many more. AIDC’s industry decision maker lineup can be accessed through its Cut to the Chase curated pitch meetings program, an important part of the AIDC Marketplace

AIDC 2023 will also see the presentation of the fourth annual AIDC Awards celebrating outstanding achievement in Australian documentary and factual, and the inaugural $5,000 Southern Light Award for contribution to the sector, in a special celebration on 6 March 2024 at ACMI.

Registration for AIDC 2024 is now open for all pass types, including Business, All Access, Sessions and Day Passes, so secure your pass now. For more details on the AIDC 2023 program, visit our website.