Media Resource Centre‘s two day 2016 New Screen Makers Conference brings some of the country’s most successful comedy, drama and documentary – producers, directors, writers and broadcasters together to talk about the trends, opportunities and pathways for filmmakers wanting to build and sustain a professional career.

Screenworks has teamed up with Media Resource Centre and SAE Institute Byron Bay to host a Conference Hub, where you will be able to come, connect with other local filmmakers and watch a broadcast the conference here in the Northern Rivers.

When: Friday 15 July 2016, 9:30am – 5.30pm (AEST)
Saturday 16 July 2016, 9:30am – 4.30pm (AEST)

Cost: FREE (to attend Northern NSW Hub)

Where: SAE Institute Byron Bay
373-391 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay NSW 2481

About the 2016 New Screen Makers Conference:

In 2016, the focus is Comedy, Drama and Documentary as they are the current winning pathways for the next generation, providing unprecedented access for new talent through new strategies and platforms. Australian comedy is experiencing a renaissance domestically and impacting internationally with broadcast and VOD platforms. While documentaries are creating greater impact with the help of philanthropic grants, partnerships and grass root strategies, contributing to major, exciting conversations about strategic and innovative social change.

The NSMC comprises of seminars, networking event and an Impact Documentary Hack.  The Impact Doco Hack led by key documentary speakers will look at two projects sourced through a national call-out in order to identify what the projects needs to take it to the next stage.

Conference Schedule:

Schedule subject to change.

Day One – Friday 15 July 2016
(all times shown are local AEST)

9.30- 9.45am – Welcome Address • Gail Kovasteff

9.45am- 10.45am • Panel – Annabelle Sheehan, Celia Pacquola, Kate Croser, Victoria Cocks (moderated by Gail Kovasteff)
How to power your career forward – Will explore pathways and provide insight into how to recognise opportunities, make strategic decisions and progress your career.

10.45am- 11.30am • Rick Kalowski
How to break through in comedy now – current ABC Head of Comedy discusses what works and what doesn’t.

11.45- 12.45pm • Liz Doran
tragedy + time=Comedy – This session explores the ways that comedy writing can be used as a tool within traditional drama – as well as examining the way that tragedy can be used effectively within comedy.

1.30- 2.15 pm • Paul Walton
What is a Digi Guardian? – Is the online space killing television opportunities for comedy or opening doors?

2.15 – 3.00 pm • Dario Russo & David Ashby
From Italian spiderman on youtube to danger five on netflix worldwide – A case study on the creative talent behind the cult hit Danger 5.

2.30 – 3.15pm • Daley Pearson
Bringing down the wallsHow The Social Circle writers room enables Ludo Sudio to produce innovative projects for multiplatform?

4.00 – 4.45pm • Richard Harris
Where does screen australia fit into innvovation? – How are Australian screen entrepreneurs and companies breaking new ground and where is the industy heading?

4.45 – 5.30pm • Julia Overton
Taking the red back to china – The new frontier of documentary funding and distribution.

Day Two – Saturday 16 July 2016
(all times shown are local AEST)

9.30 – 10.30am • Rebecca Barry
Making an impact – Building an audience for your documentary & the rise of alternative distribution paths and 360 degree financing.

10.30 – 11.15am • Danny Philippou & Julie Byrne
Jumping into the big time – RackaRacka discuss their career trajectory and where they are going next.

11.30 – 12.15am • Kate Hodges
Turning the world around – How do you retain your documentary rights, make money, execute an outreach plan, and meet social impact goals?

12.40 – 2.30pm
Impact doco hack – Two documentary projects get feedback from the impact speaker panel.

2.45 – 3.30pm • Chloe Rickard
The return of comedy to australian commercial TV – A multiplatform approach to television.

3.30 – 4.30pm • Maria Theodorakis
How do you pitch, write and produce a comedy web series – Learn from someone who’s done it all.


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