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  • ACMI to host major documentary conference AIDC in 2016


    Posted on: 25/02/2015

    After seven successful years in Adelaide, the Board of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) today announced that the annual NET-WORK-PLAY conference and market will be held at ACMI in 2016.

    In partnership with the Victorian Government through Film Victoria, ACMI will host the major screen industry event, which brings around 600 local and international delegates together from the factual film, television and digital media sectors.

    Comprising the conference, Australia’s only international documentary market and evening screening program, the AIDC has grown since its inception in 1986 to become a significant event on the international documentary calendar.

    AIDC’s Co-Chairs Ray Pedrettie and Karena Slaninka made the announcement today at the conference’s Annual General Meeting, stating:

    "The relocation to Victoria promises to be an exciting time for the AIDC with an opportunity for some new energy to build on the achievements to date, strengthening the relevance of the conference and the market to the factual and documentary screen industry."

    The AIDC also outlined its excitement at the partnership with Film Victoria and ACMI, hoping that the arrangement will raise the profile of the documentary and factual screen sector and strengthen business opportunities across film, TV, mobile and online platforms.

    Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi echoed the sentiment, saying the organisation was "delighted to welcome the AIDC back to Victoria" and that Film Victoria’s support of the conference "is vital to the ongoing success of Australia’s documentary industry, and plays an important role in ensuring that Australian audiences will continue to see Australian stories on their screens".

    The AIDC was last held in Melbourne in 2006.

    Meanwhile, in her first week at the helm of ACMI, incoming Director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick said: "ACMI is delighted to be working closely with the Australian International Documentary Conference as it moves NET-WORK-PLAY to Melbourne and to host it within our walls. This partnership not only builds on ACMI's existing industry engagement and boosts our longstanding links with Film Victoria but underlines our commitment to the Australian documentary industry across our diverse programs. We look forward to welcoming hundreds of delegates to ACMI from across Australia and around the world to celebrate and explore the challenges, opportunities and trends for documentary film making next year."

    The dates for NET-WORK-PLAY 2016 will be announced over the coming weeks.

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