AIDC Zooms into its own inaugural awards program

For the documentary community, The Australian Dream is more than a fine picture suffused with controlled rage from Stan Grant. It demonstrates how images, empathy and clear rhetoric can create a national conversation.

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) went into an awards ceremony for the first time under the strangest possible circumstances. In the black shoebox cave of an Australian Centre for the Moving Image Cinema (ACMI), clumps of old friends gathered together to watch a bunch of awards given out to documentary makers who received their awards with a pre-recorded announcement.

As CEO and Festival Director Alice Bergin admitted, all the nominees had to do a clip on the assumption they won, and then had to wait for the actual screening to discover if, in fact, reality had gone their way. It was oddly reminiscent of the mix of spontaneous and constructed, which a good doc captures.

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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.

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