Matthew Walker’s ‘I’m Wanita’ Wins Best Documentary Feature at 2022 AIDC Awards

Matthew Walker’s portrait of the enigmatic country music performer, Wanita Bahtiyar, won the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) on Wednesday.

i am wanitaproduced by People Productions, triumphed over My name is Gulpilil, The Bowraville Murdersand Valerie Taylor: Playing with Sharks to take home the $5,000 cash prize, in addition to its Sydney Film Festival Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary.

The film catches up with Australia’s self-proclaimed ‘Queen of Honky Tonk’ in her late 40s, having lived a life that has encompassed autism, parenthood, struggles with alcohol, a rocky marriage, sex work and a relentless (if unwanted) tendency to cut ties.

However, she continued to aim for greatness as she battled her demons, embarking on an odyssey with musicians Gleny Rae Virus – also her manager at the time – and Archer to record an album in Memphis, New Orleans and Nashville.

Accepting the award, producer Tait Brady said making the film was “an incredible act of perseverance and dedication” on the part of Walker, who began the journey in 2014.

“It almost broke him, but he kind of loved it,” he said.

“I’m Wanita” producers Tait Brady and Carolina Sorensen.

Among other categories, Northern Pictures’ Look what you made me do won Best Factual/Documentary Series, Chemical Media’s Our African roots received Best Documentary/Factual Single, and No Thing Productions and Sacrebleu Productions’ freedom swimmer won the award for Best Short Documentary.

The AIDC Awards Ceremony marks the conclusion of the four-day in-person and online conference for the documentary and factual industry, with two more days of International Marketplace meetings still to come (March 10-11).

The 2022 hybrid event brought together over 90 local and international speakers and over 100 local and international decision makers in a program of over 40 sessions and 500 organized meetings, with many more spontaneous meetings throughout the event.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

I AM WANITA | 2020
Matthew Walker, Carolina Sorensen, Clare Lewis, Tait Brady | Productions of people

BEST DOCUMENTARY/FACTUAL SERIES

SEE WHAT YOU DID TO ME | 2021
Tosca Looby, Karina Holden | Pictures of the North

BEST DOCUMENTARY/FACTUAL SINGLE

OUR AFRICAN ROOTS | 2021
Santilla Chingaipe, Tony Jackson, David Collins | Chemical media

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

FREEDOM SWIMMER | 2021
Olivia Martin-McGuire, Brooke Silcox, Ron Dyens | No Thing Productions & Sacrebleu Productions

BEST AUDIO DOCUMENTARY

CALL FOR TENDERS: ROIA ATMAR | 2021
Madison Griffiths, Beth Atkinson-Quinton | wide wave

BEST INTERACTIVE/IMMERSIVE DOCUMENTARY

GONDWANA | 2022
Ben Joseph Andrews, Emma Roberts | Picky Split

SPECIAL MENTION

RAVI AND EMMA | 2021
Kylie Boltin, Ella Rubeli, Ravi Vasavan, Emma Anderson | SBS

STANLEY HAWES PRIZE

As part of the AIDC Awards ceremony, the previously announced Stanley Hawes Award was presented to film journalist David Tiley.

AIDC FACTORY PITCH AWARD:
In addition to the AIDC Awards, the AIDC has announced the pitch award winners for the FACTory International Pitching Showcase 2022.

Prizes were awarded to six of the project teams that participated in The FACTory:

Sunny Side of the Doc (France)
Prizes: Two free passes for one team (online or physical participation in Sunny Side of the Doc 2022); two-hour online mentoring session for the winning project team.
WINNER: Our Hoolocks

Hot Docs (Canada)
Prize: Two online passes to attend Hot Docs Industry in 2022.
WINNER: River Guardians

Doc Edge (New Zealand)
Three Free Doc Edge Forum All Access Passes
WINNERS: The Last Daughter, Solastalgia: Journeys Through A Scarred Landscape and Campesinos.


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