AIDC Announces Second Major Guest – Kitty Green

Kitty Green, the internationally-renowned Australian director of Netflix Original documentary ‘Casting JonBenet’, is the second major guest to be announced for the Australian International Documentary Conference 2018 (AIDC).

Kitty will be participating as a keynote speaker at the Conference and as a mentor in AIDC’s returning ACCESS early career mentorship program.

Kitty’s debut documentary, ‘Ukraine is not a Brothel’, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2013, screened at over 50 film festivals internationally and won the AATCA award for Best Australian Feature Documentary. Her follow-up documentary short, ‘The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul’ won the jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and her latest feature documentary, ‘Casting JonBenet’, was acquired as a Netflix Original and premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

“Committed to supporting emerging practitioners, Kitty will bring her knowledge of the global theatrical marketplace and methods for realising bold ideas in an ever-shifting media landscape,” said AIDC Director, Alice Burgin.

Kitty joins the ACCESS program as mentor alongside previously-announced UK guest Sara Ramsden, Creative Director of Love Productions (UK), the company responsible for ratings juggernaut The Great British Bakeoff.

Presented in collaboration with award-winning Singapore-based international production company Beach House Pictures (BHP) for a second year, ACCESS is a unique opportunity for new nonfiction filmmakers to develop career pathways and be mentored by expert industry professionals from around the world.

Applications are now sought for prospective participants, with many more high-profile mentors to be announced in the coming months.

In addition to exclusive mentoring sessions during the conference, one participant will be selected for a four-week paid internship with Beach House Pictures in Singapore in 2018.

With teams in the US, Australia, Taiwan and China, Beach House Pictures has been voted one of Realscreen’s Global 100 most innovative and influential production companies. Producing content across a wide array of genres, an internship with BHP – one of the busiest production companies in South-East Asia – is the perfect way to pick up a breadth of experience and new knowledge.

“At the heart of what we are passionate about at BHP is nurturing the next generation of storytellers and giving them a home within which they can create amazing content,” said Donovan Chan, Creative Director of Beach House Pictures.

“That’s the powerful bond that we have with AIDC that started successfully with ACCESS 2017 and will now grow from strength to strength in 2018. We are excited about the upcoming festival and look forward to working with the next batch of exciting Australian talents!”

AIDC is also partnering with the UK’s Sheffield Doc/Fest to offer a second ACCESS participant the opportunity for a one-week expenses paid trip to the world’s leading documentary festival in June 2018.

The winner will have the chance to shadow international and local industry professionals throughout the prestigious festival, and get a taste of how to navigate international festivals and markets.

For those starting a career path in documentary and factual screen production, ACCESS is a fantastic platform to help them on their way.

“ACCESS was by far the highlight of my filmmaking career to-date,” said Charby Ibrahim, 2017 winner of the Beach House Pictures internship.

“To be learning from the world’s best documentarians, alongside other aspiring creatives, made for the perfect learning experience. I feel like doors really have flung open, waiting for me to take full advantage of each and every opportunity.”

Applications for AIDC 2018 ACCESS Mentorship Program are open now, and close on the 12th of January, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Registrations for AIDC 2018, to be held March 4th – 7th at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, are now open.



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