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AIDC 2016: call for entries

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) is calling for entries for two highlights of AIDC 2016: The Impact Strategy Hack Competition and The Stanley Hawes Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Documentary Sector. Winners will join the first keynote speakers already revealed, The Jinx filmmakers Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, for AIDC 2016, which takes place at ACMI Melbourne, 28 Feb–2 Mar 2016.

The Impact Strategy Hack Competition is the centrepiece of AIDC 2016’s Impact Producing strand, which is devoted to finding lasting ways for documentary media to generatestrategic and innovative social change. AIDC 2016 will dedicate an entire afternoon to providing two selected films an incredible pathway towards a solid campaign strategy.The two winning films will be “hacked” on the day, with a focus on maximum impact. Expert hackers confirmed to attend including Jennifer MacArthur (Borderline Media/Impact Producers Group, New York), Sam Griffin (Screen Australia), Mitzi Goldman (Documentary Australia Foundation), Alex Kelly (Impact Producer on This Changes Everything) Malinda Wink (Good Pitch2 Australia), and Anna Kaplan (Impact Producer on That Sugar Film) and the Academy Award-shortlisted The Hunting Ground).

Filmmakers and budding impact producers can submit entries for the Impact Strategy Hack Competition until 31 December. Full entry details are available on the AIDC website:

Nominations are also sought for the 2016 Stanley Hawes Award, which is presented annually at AIDC to a person or organisation who has made an outstanding contribution to the documentary sector in Australia. The $5,000 award was established in 1997 to honour Stanley Hawes as first Producer-in-Chief of the Australian National Film Board and Commonwealth Film Unit. Past recipients include Pauline Clague, Chris Hilton, Rachel Perkins and Tom Zubrycki. The nominee may be a producer, director, editor, cinematographer, sound  recordist, facilitator, educator, broadcaster or distributor. Nominations (in the form of a written statement, 200 words max.) should be sent to before 20 January 2016.

AIDC 2016 Impact Strategy Hack Competition – entries open at 2016 Stanley Hawes Award – nominations open via



AIDC 2016's Impact Strategy Hack offers two factual screen projects the chance to have an impact campaign developed by expert social change campaigners, funders and producers. To have your project considered, apply by 31 Dec 2015 at


AIDC 2016's The FACTory gives factual filmmakers the chance to pitch projects directly to international buyers and decision makers. To take part, apply by 12 Jan 2016 at


ACCESS@AIDC is an early career mentorship program for factual screen creatives. Participants have the chance to win a paid internship with Pulse Films (UK), and be mentored by international industry professionals at AIDC 2016. To take part, apply by 19 Jan 2016 at

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