AIDC to host landmark documentary event Regionality Sunshine Coast in Maroochydore

Presented by AIDC (Australian International Documentary Conference) and Screen Queensland, with the support of Sunshine Coast Council and in collaboration with the Sunshine Coast Screen Collective, the inaugural Regionality Sunshine Coast, set to take place on Friday, July 26, 2024, at the Maroochy RSL in Maroochydore, marks the first time the Sunshine Coast will host a major gathering focused on the documentary and factual filmmaking industry.

Given the growing interest in documentaries on platforms like Netflix and the increasing recognition of Australian filmmakers on the global stage, this event offers a timely exploration of the documentary genre’s potential and challenges.

The event will host a series of speakers to further the insights into the evolving landscape of factual filmmaking, with Emmy and Sundance Award-winning documentarians Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, known for their work on Boys State (Apple TV+), The Overnighters (Netflix), and Girls State (Apple TV+), offering their valuable awareness into the art of crafting impactful documentaries.

In their spotlight session spanning their body of work, Moss and McBaine will discuss their creative process, artistic approach, and how they adapt their filming methods to honour each unique story. The creative duo will also join an online seminar to share their experiences navigating the documentary distribution landscape as independent filmmakers working with major platforms, streamers, and broadcasters. This session promises to be insightful and invaluable for both newcomers and seasoned documentarians alike.

Other highlights include the Local and Global Perspectives sessions, which will cover both Queensland’s vibrant documentary scene and broader industry trends, including natural history, science, and technology documentaries; Important discussion on the role and future of First Nations-led storytelling, featuring award-winning Indigenous creatives John Harvey and Dena Curtis; Practical workshops, where sessions will provide practical knowledge and real-world examples to help filmmakers navigate the industry; and networking opportunities, where attendees will have the chance to engage in one on one meetings with industry representatives and network with peers, fostering a sense of community and collaboration.

For more information on Regionality, ticket sales and programming, head to the official AIDC site.

Peter Gray

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