Diane Weyermann, the executive producer of An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s call for action on climate change which has sent ripples of change across the world, and UK producer/ director, Michael Waldman, responsible for some of the world’s finest programmes about the Arts, will be special guests at the Australian International Documentary Conference, taking place in Adelaide from February 23 to 26 in 2007.
The AIDC is Australia’s key event in the International documentary film calendar and a must-attend event for anyone working in factual film and television.
Over 600 producers, directors, writers, buyers, and editors will meet and greet, buy and sell, and pave the way for more Australian documentaries to make it to the world, and more international stories to make it to our screens, while the general public can feast their eyes on over fifty documentaries films screening in the concurrent Adelaide Film Festival.
Diane Weyermann will be presenting a masterclass ‘Producing socially responsible documentaries in a commercial environment’, an area she knows well having produced the most influential feature film of this century, along with four and a half years experience directing the prestigious Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program.
Michael Waldman, will be presenting a master class ‘The edit starts during the shoot’ about editing and story telling in factual entertainment at the conference.
Waldman’s credits include producing ‘The House’ series on The Royal Opera Theatre, series producer and director of ‘Operatunity’ and ‘Musicality’, talent searches in the worlds of opera and musical theatre, (the former inspiring an Australian version) and most recently ‘Ballet Changed My Life: Ballet Hoo!’ In which Channel 4 joined forces with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Youth at Risk to set Birmingham and Black Country youth a challenge that had the potential to affect in a very positive way the lives of 200 young people from difficult backgrounds.
Also confirmed to attend AIDC is UK writer, filmmaker, broadcaster and criminologist Roger Graef, who was awarded the prestigious Fellowship to the British Academy of Film and Television in 2004 for his outstanding contribution and achievements. Among his more than eighty films, Roger is best known for his pioneering work in gaining access to hitherto closed institutions ranging from ministries and boardrooms to police, courts, prisons, probation and social work.
Thanks to the AIDC’s increasing international profile and record for success, a record 33 international buyers have confirmed their attendance in 2007, including: Claire Aguilar, Vice President of Programming, Independent Television Service (ITVS) – USA; Ewa Bigio, Managing Director, Smiley Documentary Film Distribution – New Zealand; Wolter Braamhorst, Commissioning Editor, AVRO – Close Up; Michelle Bruce, Director, Acquisitions and Business Affairs – Asia and India, Discovery Communications Inc. – UK; Rudy Buttignol, Commissioning Editor of Documentaries, TV Ontario – Canada; Vikram Channa, Director of Production, Discovery Networks Asia – Singapore; Kevin Dawson, Commissioning Editor, Factual, Radio