AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS VIOLETA AYALA & DANIEL FALLSHAW (COCAINE PRISON, THE FIGHT) JOIN AIDC’18 AS SPEAKERS AND ACCESS PROGRAM MENTORS
The filmmakers’ most recent credits include the multi-award-winning Guardian short documentary The Fight, for which Fallshaw also won the 2017 Walkley Award for Best Camerawork, and Cocaine Prison, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and is to be distributed by Amazon Video in 2018.
Aayala and Fallshaw join previously announced guests Kitty Green (Director, Casting JonBenet) and Sara Ramsden (Creative Director, Love Productions UK) as AIDC 2018 session speakers and ACCESS mentors, where they will provide expert advice to six early career filmmakers selected via an application process.
The early career ACCESS mentees will also be eligible to win paid internship with Beach House Pictures in their Singapore office, or an expenses-paid trip to the UK’s Sheffield Doc|Fest where they will learn how to navigate international markets.
AIDC’s popular ACCESS program is a unique opportunity for new filmmakers to enhance their passion for creating innovative factual content, develop career pathways, and be mentored by world-class industry professionals. Previous mentors have included award-winning producers and directors like Ezra Edelman (O.J.: Made in America), John Battsek (One Day in September), and Jennifer Peedom (Mountain).
Applications for the ACCESS program are open now, and close Friday 12 January 2018. It is free to apply, and applicants must submit a one-minute video pitching for a place in the program.
The ACCESS early career mentorship program takes place during AIDC 2018, 4-7 March, ACMI, Fed Square, Melbourne. For more information, visit https://www.aidc.com.au/2018/get-involved/accessaidc
About Violeta Ayala (pictured)
Violeta Ayala is an award-winning indigenous filmmaker, artist, writer and fighter born in Bolivia. Her recent credits include Cocaine Prison, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 to critical acclaim and will be distributed by Amazon Video Direct in 2018; and The Fight (2017), distributed by Guardian shorts and winner of a Walkley Award, a Doc Dispatch Award at Sheffield, Best Short at the International Human Rights Festival in Sucre and Best Documentary at the Diablo De Oro Film Festival in Oruro, Bolivia, and nominee for the prestigious IDA and Rory Peck Awards. Her previous credits include The Bolivian Case (2015), which premiered as a Special Presentation at Hot Docs, was nominated for Premios Platino and Fenix (the two most prestigious awards in Ibero-America) and will be distributed by Netflix Latin America in 2018; and Stolen (2009) which also premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, screened in 80 festivals worldwide has won 16 awards and aired on PBS. Violeta is currently working on the feature version of The Fight and WAR, a documentary about black rights in Australia. She is also writing the screenplay El Comunista about her grandfather – a Serbian Jew, leader of the Bolivian Communist party and friend to Che Guevara.
About Daniel Fallshaw
Daniel Fallshaw is a Walkley Award-winning filmmaker who makes films to shift the balance of power. In 2006 he went to Mauritania to make Between the Oil and the Deep Blue Sea, a documentary about corruption in the oil industry that catalysed the Australian Federal Police investigation of Woodside Petroleum. In 2009, he co-directed, produced, shot, edited, and sold to PBS the controversial and multi-award winning Stolen. His credits include Cocaine Prison (LPB, Open Society Foundations, Sundance, MacArthur, Tribeca, Chicken&Egg, CNC, Screen Australia, Screen NSW, etc), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017; The Fight (Sundance & MacArthur), published by Guardian shorts and winner of the Doc Dispatch Award at Sheffield Doc|Fest and a Walkley Award, and was a Rory Peck and IDA best short documentary nominee; The Bolivian Case (Screen Australia, NRK, Señal Colombia and Puma Britdoc), which premiered at Hot Docs and went on to screen at 40 international festivals, was broadcast in Colombia and Israel, nominated for Premios Platino and Premios Fenix (the two most prestigious awards in Ibero-America) and was distributed by Ibermedia across Latin America. Currently Fallshaw is producing South Meets North (Tribeca New Media), Prison X (Screen NSW), The Fight (feature, Screen Australia) and WAR. His projects have been pitched at forums including IDFA, Hot Docs, Sheffield, Good Pitch NY, AIDC, Rio Content Market, IFP NY, Film Independent LA and Dok Leipzig. Fallshaw is a Tribeca Film Institute Fellow and an alumnus of IFP, Film Independent, Britdoc, and Hot Docs.