Execs line up for AIDC business stream

22 January, 2016 by Staff Writer

The Australian International Documentary Conference has unveiled the program and international guests for this year's business stream.  

AIDC 2016’s Business Sessions will cover such areas as international funding strategies, the opportunities presented by Video On Demand (VOD) services, developing and selling factual formats, and the secrets of successful production houses. 


Highlight sessions include Demystifying VOD, with Kinonation’s Roger Jackson; Taking Your Format To The World, a masterclass with NZ format expert Julie Christie; Patchwork Commissioning, an international funding how-to moderated by WildBear Entertainment’s Veronica Fury; and Docbusters, a session that explores how cinema on demand is allowing feature documentaries to blitz the box office.

AIDC Business Sessions are available only to All Access and Day Pass holders. A full schedule can be found on the Sessions page of the AIDC website.

AIDC Roundtables give attendees a rare chance to meet top decision makers and participate in highly focused discussions in an informal setting. Capped at 20 delegates per session, Roundtables are an extremely popular peer-to-peer learning opportunity. 

A selection of decision makers confirmed include Hamish Mykura (UK) Executive Vice President of Programming and Development National Geographic Global Networks; Joanna Varikos (US) Director of Acquisitions, Participant Media/Pivot; Katy Roberts (AUS) Senior Producer, VICE Australia; Kate Townsend (UK) Commissioning Editor, BBC Storyville; and Lindsay Crouse (US) Coordinating Producer, New York Times Op-Docs.

A growing list of participating decision makers can be found on the Roundtables page of the AIDC website. Sign-ups open Tuesday 2 February when the final program and decision maker line-up is announced.

Speed Pitching allows filmmakers to network and present their project ideas in 10-minute face-to-face sessions with local and international industry heavyweights. Commissioning execs, each at their own table, will take individual one-on-one meetings. 

A selection of those confirmed include Bill Gardner (US) Vice-President of Programming & Development, PBS; James Franklin (UK) Creative Director, BritDoc; Jennifer Byrne (UK) Head of Video, Dazed Media; Chris Hastings (US) Executive Producer and Editorial Manager of Content, WORLD Channel; and Leo Faber (AUS) Commissioning Editor and Executive Producer, Red Bull Media House.

A complete list of confirmed decision makers can be found on the Speed Pitching page of the AIDC website. 

Places are limited and bookings will be on a first-come, first-served basis when they open on Tuesday 2 February. Demand is expected to be high.

These programs are available only to registered AIDC delegates. A strictly limited number of All Access Passes are currently available for AIDC 2016.