In March I was really thrilled to attend Australia's peak conference for documentary, the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) held here in Melbourne at Federation Square. I was selected as one of six for ACCESS @ AIDC, a mentor program for early career documentary filmmakers. The mentors were particularly good this year - John Battsek (UK), Amy Hobby (USA), Ezra Edelman (USA), Jen Peedom (AUS), Donovan Chan (SGP) and Kelrick Martin (AUS). As part of the program the mentees had one hour group sessions with each mentor over the course of the conference. Everyone was so generous with their time and it was great to connect with directors and producers who are really at the top of their game (the majority were Academy Award nominees or winners). The conference itself had really fascinating sessions with a lot of local and international delegates from the whole spectrum of documentary. I met some fantastic people - including my five fellow mentees - and it was a really productive time. Thanks for having me AIDC!
Bridget O'Shea | Producer, Yarn