AIDC mentorship and $25k funding for documentary videogames

State of Play offers development funding and mentorship to strengthen and showcase the collaboration between nonfiction stories and gaming technologies to bring new documentary games to life.

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) is partnering with Film Victoria to launch a new pitching initiative called State of Play, which is open for applications until 13 December. The program offers documentary makers the chance to work with immersive and interactive filmmakers and game developers, to develop an interactive documentary. The program is designed to strengthen creative ties across the screen sector, and help connect non-fiction storytellers to emerging technologies.

AIDC CEO Alice Burgin described the program as emblematic of their shared ‘vision for an Australian nonfiction screen sector that is universally relevant, curiously imaginative and perpetually excited by what the future has to offer.’

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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