Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The Board of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) today announced at their Annual General Meeting that after seven years in Adelaide, South Australia, the annual NET-WORK-PLAY conference and market will be returning to Melbourne for its 2016 event.

AIDC’s Co-Chairs Ray Pedretti and Karena Slaninka were pleased to announce that the AIDC will be partnering with Film Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to present NET-WORK-PLAY in Melbourne in 2016.

NET-WORK-PLAY is presented by the AIDC, a 27-year-old peak organisation for the documentary and factual screen industries. Since its inception in 1987, the AIDC has grown from a local biennial conference into a significant annual event on the international screen industry calendar.

NET-WORK-PLAY includes an annual documentary and factual conference, market and screening program that brings the international marketplace to Australia, facilitating film financing and production outcomes, whilst providing networking and professional development opportunities.

The Board of the AIDC gratefully acknowledges the considerable support received from the South Australian Government through Arts SA and the South Australian Film Corporation over the past seven years (2009-2015). Having triennial funding and Adelaide as a home base has been vital to the growth and development of the event.

The AIDC is now looking forward to partnering with Film Victoria and ACMI, to build on the success of previous conferences, raise the profile of the documentary and factual screen sector and strengthen the business opportunities in the marketplace across film, television, mobile and online platforms.

Pedretti and Slaninka said, “AIDC’s NET-WORK-PLAY is Australia’s leading documentary and factual conference and market which will bring hundreds of Australian and international distributors, broadcasters and content creators to Melbourne. Partnering with Film Victoria and ACMI will contribute to creating a dynamic NET-WORK-PLAY 2016, a conference not to be missed. We applaud the Victorian government’s vision to complement Melbourne’s already impressive screen event schedule with AIDC’s NET-WORK-PLAY.”

The Victorian Minister of the Creative Industries, Martin Foley said, “The return of AIDC to Melbourne is a significant win for Victoria’s creative industries and will highlight Victoria’s strengths in the documentary production business.”

CEO of Film Victoria Jenni Tosi said “Film Victoria is delighted to welcome the AIDC back to Victoria in 2016. Our support of this conference is vital to the ongoing success of Australia’s documentary industry, and plays an important role in ensuring that Australian audiences will continue to see Australian stories on their screens.”

Incoming ACMI CEO Katrina Sedgwick said "ACMI is delighted to be working closely with the Australian International Documentary Conference as it moves NET-WORK-PLAY to Melbourne and to host it within our walls. This partnership not only builds on ACMI's existing industry engagement and boosts our longstanding links with Film Victoria but underlines our commitment to the Australian documentary industry across our diverse programs. We look forward to welcoming hundreds of delegates to ACMI from across Australia and around the world to celebrate and explore the challenges, opportunities and trends for documentary film making next year."

The dates for AIDC’s NET-WORK-PLAY 2016 will be announced over the coming weeks.

For further information about AIDC and NET-WORK-PLAY contact Spencer Scholz on +61 8 7324 9987 or [email protected]

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