Final speakers added to the 2017 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) lineup

As the 30th anniversary of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) approaches, a final round of speakers have been announced today for the documentary and factual screen industry event.

Co-founder of satirical media empire The ChaserJulian Morrow joins AIDC 2017’s up-to-the-minute session Political Documentary in a Post-Truth World, presented by Screen NSW. Morrow will moderate a panel featuring AACTA Award-winning director Anna Broinowski (Pauline Hanson: Please Explain?), BuzzFeed Managing Editor Nicola Harvey, and ABC journalist and filmmaker Matt Davis (Foreign Correspondent), exploring the connections between social media, political documentary and short and long form video journalism.

AIDC 2017’s Cane Toad Cup Debate has also confirmed its line-up, with comedian Lawrence Leung set to moderate a timely yet lighthearted discussion about an issue on the minds of many in the media industries – gender diversity. Tackling the theme You Can’t Take MEN Out of Documentary, a negative team featuring US-based social change app developer and filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman (Circle of 6), UK TV format expert Sanjay Singhal (One Born Every Minute), and Deakin University Professor of Media & Communication Deb Verhoeven, will face off against an affirmative team featuring Executive Director of Women Make Movies (US) Debra Zimmerman, ABC Factual Commissioning Editor Stephen Oliver, and Head of Guardian documentaries (UK) Charlie Phillips. Screen Executive Courtney Gibson will adjudicate.

Also just annoued, Bentley Dean, co-writer and co-director of the Academy Award Best Foreign Film-nominated Tanna, will join AIDC 2017’s very special hybrid documentaries session This is Not A Documentary, alongside filmmaker and artist Amiel Courtin-Wilson (Bastardy, Hail), moderator James Hewison (Head of Film Programs, ACMI), and another new addition – writer and director Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man!, Sam Klemke’s Time Machine).

For more information on AIDC 17′, check out the official website.


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