ADELAIDE’S MEDIA RESOURCE CENTRE ANNOUNCES:
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS OPEN
and FIRST SPEAKERS REVEALED FOR
SCREENMAKERS CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2018
The Screen Makers Conference (SMC), today announced an impressive line-up of guest speakers, sponsors and marketplace representatives to attend the 2018 conference and market held at the Mercury Cinema on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July, as well as the opening of Early Bird Registrations.
The Media Resource Centre is delighted to announce a special ‘In-Conversation’ session with Chief Executive Officer of Screen Australia, Graeme Mason. Graeme will share frank insights and predictions for the industry and how this is shaping policy for Screen Australia.
Head of Directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Rowan Woods (The Kettering Incident, Nowhere Boys, Rake) will lead a panel session, The Awesome Allrounder, about the need for emerging screen storytellers to learn the traditional skills required for film and television alongside skill sets required for the online space. The Presenting Partner of the conference, the AFTRS will host two round table sessions for those seeking pathways to furthering their career in the industry.
Channel 9’s Co-Head of Drama, Andy Ryan, will join Foxtel, ABC, and SBS in a packed line up of network buyers who reveal their programming agendas for 2018 and beyond.
Co-Head of Drama for the Nine Network since 2011, Andy oversees the network’s Australian drama output, commissioning around 70 hours of scripted content each year, including the Logie-winning series Doctor Doctor, Love Child, House Husbands, and comedy series Here Come the Habibs.
Other speakers include format expert Denise Eriksen, leading a session on developing an idea for a factual TV series and a South Australian panel who are reaching national audiences with their entertaining and provocative ABC Art Bites webseries, featuring writer/director Sam Matthews, with Unboxed, a series about gender diverse artists and Anthony Frith with Lessons from a Middle Class Artist, both produced by Bec Elliot.
THE MARKETPLACE RETURNS FOR 2018, sponsored by MATCHBOX PICTURES, with ONE-ON-ONE SPEED PITCHING SESSIONS. In addition to conference craft and business strands, there will be roundtables, opening night party and social networking opportunities.
MRC DIRECTOR GAIL KOVATSEFF SAID, “This is the beginning of an exciting line-up of speakers and sessions for 2018, delivering market intelligence and networking opportunities to delegates and connecting buyers with diverse regional stories that give a different perspective on Australian life. The SMC has always been at the cutting edge of opportunities and new platforms but in 2018 we welcome commissioners from the commercial broadcasters, giving delegates access to a broad range of market opportunities.”
The conference is supported through a grant from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, presenting partner AFTRS, major sponsors University of South Australia and Matchbox Pictures, and sponsors Australian Directors Guild, Kojo, Media Super and Channel 44. The ongoing work of the Media Resource Centre is made possible by support of the SA Film Corporation and Arts South Australia
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
To Register and View Full Program go to: www.screenmakersconference.com.au
SUBMISSIONS TO ONE-ON-ONE PITCHING ARE NOW OPEN- DEADLINE 20 JUNE
MORE SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.