AIDC creates its own awards, with just a touch of defiance

The deadline for the AIDC awards for completed projects is December 16, as the organisation embraces the power of competition.

The Australian International Documentary Conference has made the startling decision to create its own awards system, with six categories and a climactic closing night ceremony. The first edition will have that distinctive flavour of COVID around it because the conference will be online. But we can’t imagine that this idea will fade away because we are addicted to competition, there is plenty of it already at the AIDC in the marketplace, and everyone loves a party.

This time around, according to CEO Alice Burgin, the awards will be presented at a series of smaller gatherings around Australia. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.