Nominations for inaugural AIDC Awards announced and Michaela Perske named Stanley Hawes winner

The first AIDC award nominees have been announced, celebrating documentarians across podcasting,TV, film, augmented reality, and virtual reality.

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has announced the nominees for the inaugural AIDC awards.The awards celebrate factual Australian screen content across a variety of formats, with prizes supported by DocPlay, AFTRS, and the Documentary Australia Foundation. The awards will be presented at the AIDC Awards Night on Wednesday 3 March 2021, which will be taking place in-person in eight cities across Australia, as well as livestreamed.

AIDC also announced Michaela Perske as the winner of the 2021 Stanley Hawes Award, which has been awarded annually since 1997 in recognition of outstanding contributions to the documentary and factual sector. It is named for documentary producer and director Stanley Hawes, who was Producer-in-Chief of the Australian National Film Board and Commonwealth Film Unit from 1946 – 1969.

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY nominees

The Australian Dream

Good Thing Productions & Passion Pictures, Australia/UK, 2019.

Brazen Hussies

Film Camp, Australia, 2020.

Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra

In Films, Australia, 2020.

The Leunig Fragments

Film Camp, Australia, 2019.

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BEST DOCUMENTARY/FACTUAL SERIES nominees

Love on the Spectrum

Northern Pictures Australia, 2019

Miriam Margolyes’ Almost Australian

Southern Pictures, Australia, 2020.

Revelation

In Films, Australia, 2020

BEST DOCUMENTARY/FACTUAL SINGLE nominees

Freeman

General Strike & Matchbox Pictures, Australia, 2020.

Maralinga Tjarutja

Larissa Behrendt, Darren Dale, Jacob Hickey, Blackfella Films, Australia, 2020

Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky

Tamarind Tree Pictures & Roar Film, Australia, 2020.

BEST SHORT-FORM DOCUMENTARY nominees

The Fathering Project
Joshua Lee, Alice Wolfe, Australia, 2020.

The Loop
Tallstoreez Productionz Pty Ltd & Change Media, Australia, 2020.

My Body Says
Mama Bear Productions, Australia, 2020.

Sidelines
Electric Yak, Australia, 2019

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BEST AUDIO DOCUMENTARY nominees

The Eleventh
ABC Audio Studios, Australia, 2020.

Trace: The Informer

ABC Audio News and Current Affairs, Australia, 2020

Unravel True Crime: Snowball

ABC Audio Studios, Australia, 2019

BEST INTERACTIVE/IMMERSIVE DOCUMENTARY nominees

ECOSPHERE

PHORIA, Australia, USA, United Kingdom, 2020.

Mt Resilience
PHORIA & ABC in partnership with CSIRO & BOM, Australia, 2020

Story Line
The Feed & SBS Creative Labs, Australia, 2020

 STANLEY HAWES AWARD 2021

This year’s winner of the Stanley Hawes Award is Michaela Perske, the company director and principal producer of Pursekey Films. Originally trained as a journalist, Michaela has over 20 years of media experience in all areas of radio, print and TV. Since turning her mind to factual content creation, Michaela has produced engaging, challenging and enlightening films including Girls Can’t Surf (releasing in March through Madman) Black Divas, After the Apology and Destination Arnold. 

 The Australian International Documentary Conference will run 28 February – 3 March.

Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob