Film fiends, this one’s for you! Get your popcorn ready Adelaide because The Screen Makers Conference and Marketplace has just announced their opening speaker as well as their full program line-up for their two-day conference.
The Conference attracts emerging and regional delegates from across Australia, seeking to build their screen careers.The always sell-out conference will be held on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July at Adelaide’s iconic Mercury Cinema.
In 2018 with a key focus on the breadth of television opportunities across Australia, the opening address will be by Every Cloud Productions’ Fiona Eagger, producer of some of Australia’s most beloved and iconic television drama series including Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Newton’s Law and Deadlock.
Fiona will give perspective in relation to significant issues facing the industry and how mentoring and showing gender and diversity have shaped her journey and experiences. Fiona will expand on the conference theme, ‘The power of story, to connect, reflect and make sense of our world’, reminding us that storytelling is timeless and belongs to us all.
The packed program’s stand-out sessions include:
Webseries, a pathway for emerging and diverse talent. All the big questions on how to succeed in the format increasingly launching and re-positioning screen careers. Speakers include the award winning Michelle Law (co-writer and star of SBS On Demand’s first commissioned web-series, Homecoming Queens), Peter Ninos (MWF nominee, The Big Nothing), Enzo Tedeschi (Event Zero) and Kelli Cross (Aussie Rangers, iview).
Casting for Diversity: casting agent Kirsty McGregor (Pacific Rim: Uprising, Top End Wedding, Lion) and actor Natasha Wanganeen (Cargo, Redfern Now, Rabbit Proof Fence) explore what diversity looks like on our screens. Is it simply about casting, or does it go deeper than this? Our panel members share their experiences and perspectives from behind and in front of the camera.
The conference also includes craft masterclasses, screen business and meet the market sessions, to give industry insights and up-to-date information to delegates across feature filmmaking, web-series, and television.
In addition, there is a range of roundtables, along with an exclusive opportunity for delegates to compete in the $10,000 Pitch-o-rama ABC iview / MRC development pitching competition.
The Matchbox Pictures-sponsored pitching market provides a fantastic opportunity for content creators to pitch a project to an outstanding line-up of marketplace representatives including: Brett Sleigh from ABC Drama and Comedy, Joseph Maxwell from SBS Factual, as well as many other well known TV figures.
Media Resource Centre Director Gail Kovatseff said, “It’s wonderful to have so many accomplished women leading our program for this year’s Screen Makers Conference. The conference delegates who come to Adelaide from all over Australia next month will enjoy outstanding opportunities to learn more about their craft and the industry, network with peers and mentors, and pitch their projects. It’s been terrific to see previous delegates get projects up with broadcasters such as ABC iview through our growing market opportunities.”
This looks like a great opportunity to support many young Aussie filmmakers as well as getting to watch some of their work! For more information and to book tickets see the details below.
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