AIDC 2024 documentary award winners – and a tribute to ScreenHub’s David Tiley

The Australian International Documentary Conference has announced the winners of its 2024 awards.

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) announced the winners of the 4th annual AIDC Awards at a presentation hosted at ACMI, Melbourne, today.

Hosted by TV presenter, broadcaster and educator Namila Benson, the AIDC Awards ceremony marked the conclusion of the four-day conference for the documentary and factual industry, with two more days of International Marketplace meetings still to come.

The 2024 event saw the attendance of over 750 delegates, including the participation of 117 local and international speakers, and 103 local and international decision makers in a program of 40-plus sessions and over 577 curated meetings.

The AIDC Awards acknowledge ‘the very best in Australian documentary and factual from the past 12 months’. The 2024 winners are:

Best Feature Documentary

This Is Going To Be Big (2023, Truce films and Fremantle Media)

Best Documentary/ Factual Single

Rebel With A Cause: Oodgeroo Noonuccal (2023, Inky Media)

Best Documentary/ Factual Series

Never Let Him Go (2023, Blackfella Films and Show of Force)

Best Short-Form Documentary

Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black) (2023, Other Pictures and Switch Productions)

Best Audio Documentary

House of Skulls (2023, Sony and Audible)

Best Interactive/ Immersive Documentary

Turbulence: Jamais Vu (2023, Pernickety Split)

Southern Light Award 

The already-announced Southern Light Award for outstanding contribution to nonfiction screen, digital and/or audio media was presented to producer Karina Holden, Head of Factual at Northern Pictures.

David Tiley tribute

AIDC CEO / Creative Director Natasha Gadd ended the Awards Presentation with a respectful tribute to screen journalist and 2022 AIDC Stanley Hawes Award winner for outstanding contribution to documentary, David Tiley, who is critically unwell. 

‘David has been an indefatigable champion of documentary and factual production, and one of our most passionate grassroots commentators and a singular voice on screen business in the Australia media.’ said Gadd. 

‘Thank you for helping us to honour the wonderful David Tiley tonight.’

Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites