Asian films prominent at AIDC

Iran, India and New Zealand featured at next month's fest

SYDNEY -- Documentaries from Iran, India and New Zealand will be among the 24 films selected for the market attached to next month’s Australian International Documentary Conference, organizers said Monday.

Among the projects that will vie for distribution from international guests at the AIDC MeetMarket are works in development by Australian filmmakers such as Sally Ingleton, Pat Fiske, multiple Oscar nominee David Bradbury, Simon Nasht and Simon Target.

Those projects selected from outside Australia include Iranian –Canadian co-production “Amin,” “Only Me Generation” and “There Once Was An Island," both from New Zealand, and Indian docu, “The Earnest Years."

A second new initiative for the conference is the inaugural F4: First Factual Film Festival, designed to showcase first films from emerging Australian documentary filmmakers alongside the first films of legendary documentary makers.

An international jury will award the F4: Award for Outstanding New Documentary Talent, chosen from the first films showcased in the F4 program. 

AIDC director Joost den Hartog said the new screening strand aims to become “a visual feast for documentary film lovers” and “one of the most sophisticated career development opportunities available for documentary filmmakers in this country.” 

Keynote speakers confirmed to attend the three-day confab, which runs February 23 – 26 in Adelaide includes the creator of “Deadliest Catch” and “Ice Road Truckers,” and CEO of Original Productions Thom Beers, and Paul Gibbs, head of programs at BBC World News. 

The full program for the conference will be released later this month.
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