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Be inspired when Macquarie University’s Creative Documentary Research Centre (CDRC) brings together doco-makers and industry professionals, academics and the public to explore the power of today’s creative documentary forms.  


Held over four days from Tuesday 28 November to Friday 1 December, at the State Library of New South Wales, you will have the opportunity to engage in a comprehensive program of screenings, workshops and panels designed to consider challenging contemporary ideas. These include: documenting Australian natural history during this time of climate crisis, conducting oral history and documentary histories, and the art of documentary practice itself.


So, join any one of these twenty-plus conversations and connect with a community of creative minds passionate about the documentary arts.


Explore expanded notions of documentary form in the Drawing the World Workshop or in the Documentary as Experiment and Speculation panel. Or consider the profound impact of cutting-edge technologies in the Deep Fake and Virtual Reality Documentary panels.


We are also thrilled to showcase some of the best student screen-works from Australia and around the world in the Black Snapper International Film Festival (BSIFF). Drawn from over 1,000 submissions from across 85 countries, these remarkable shorts will inspire and surprise. As Australia’s largest international student film festival, the BSIFF will screen some of the best student short documentaries and fiction being made anywhere in the world. And be there when we announce the winners on the closing night, Friday 1 December, at the Black Snapper Festival Awards. 


You’ll even have the chance to create your own documentary featuring treasures from the State Library’s photograph archives, as part of the Post Graduate Screen Challenge. Entries will be judged and the winners announced at the Black Snapper Festival Awards

Let’s start the conversation.

Keep an eye out for the latest updates and exciting additions to our festival lineup! We're constantly adding new information, so be sure to revisit our web page regularly.

If you have any questions about this event or need further information, feel free to reach out to the CDRC team at


We look forward to connecting with you soon.

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