Alice Burgin stepped up to be the director of the Australian International Documentary Conference in May, having already helped to program the previous two installments of the event. In her new role, Burgin is keen to maintain the standard that has come to be expected of AIDC.

However, she also believes there more that can be done to do to increase business outcomes for delegates. “We’ve really focused on the marketplace this year,” she tells IF.

Using IDFA, Sheffield and HotDocs as models, AIDC 2018 will feature a more curated marketplace than has been seen in the past. Called Cut to the Chase, it has been created with the aim to connect filmmakers with relevant decision makers who already have an interest in their project.

To achieve that, delegates have been asked to submit their pitches earlier than usual, so that they can be appropriately paired up. “We’re also asking the buyers to do a lot more work before they come, so we’re asking them to watch trailers, read finance plans and even read treatments in certain cases,” says Burgin.

“By asking them do all that, there’s a lot more time in that 10 or 15 minute meeting period that they have with our delegates to really get to the nitty-gritty and talk about the project. “It’s an experiment, but I’m pretty confident it’s going to yield some nice results.” The market has already been confirmed to include representatives from BBC Storyville, Stan, VICE, ARTE, National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, France Télévisions, Cineflix Rights and Al Jazeera Media Network, among others. Read more from…

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