Screenworks Travelator Series – 2: Funding and Pitching

Friday 25th Oct | 9.30am – 4.30pm
Byron Services Club

Delivered by Screenworks as part of the Byron Bay Film Festival

A one day workshop on accessing development funds and pitching to seek market interest in your screen projects.

Development Funding executives from Screen Australia, Create NSW and Screen Queensland will talk about their development funding initiatives and how to put in a competitive application.

Representatives from key organisations that offer pitching opportunities for screen projects will talk about the pitching competitions that they offer and how to prepare and enter, including the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) and Content London.

The Manager of the AACTA’s Awards, Ivan Vukusic will discuss the various strands of AACTA’s Pitch for TV and Web, Mini (a Short film contest held in partnership with MINI), and Elevate (pitches for high concept/elevated genre series). He will share observations and provide advice and tips.

Danielle McCarthy oversees the Industry Marketplace at AIDC, which hosts a variety of pitching forums and pre-organised meetings. In 2019 the AIDC Marketplace offered eight different pitching events including the FACTory and Cut to the Chase.  AIDC also offers a range of other opportunities across form – with partnerships in the past including VICE and Screen Australia, SBS, Google, Audible, and the University of Melbourne.

Ruth Palmer is the Head of Programming for events at C21 which includes Content London the Drama Summit  and the Unscripted Entertainment Forum.  Ruth will talk about the pitching competitions at Content London including the Drama Series Pitch

This Funding and Pitching workshop is part of a Screenworks Travelator Series, a 3 stage program designed to support early-career creatives to their screen projects from early concept, through development and to seek market interest.


Guest Speakers

Nerida Moore – Head of Development, Screen Australia

As Head of Development, Nerida Moore manages Story Development, Enterprise and International initiatives. She has helmed a number of programs that foster story and talent development including, Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories and Careers; Hot Shots and Talent USA.

Prior to Screen Australia, Nerida was the Senior Development and Production Executive at Screen NSW where she managed the production investment fund, the story development fund and Screen NSW’s suite of professional development programs.

Sally Regan – Acting Director, Investment, Engagement and Attraction

Sally Regan is Acting Director, Investment, Engagement and Attraction at Create NSW and has over 30 years experience working in the screen production sector.  She has produced film and television in Australia, Europe, Asia and America and was Drama Investment Manager at Screen Australia.

Previously, Sally worked as a Development and Production Executive at Screen NSW working across documentary, features and television drama and she was, from 1999 to 2003, Business Affairs Manager of Documentary Production at Film Australia, responsible for over production of over $6 million a year.

Her producer credits include the multi-award winning theatrical feature documentary thriller Forbidden Lie$ and she also co-produced the international Russell Crowe-featured series The Colour Of War, and produced the ABC documentaries National Treasures, Korean ANZAC, Peter Berners Loaded Brush, Road To Tokyo and Nerves of Steel, amongst others.

In 2007 Sally was awarded The Screen Producers Association Independent Documentary Producer of the Year Award and she was also awarded the Kenneth Myer Fellowship upon graduation from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (BA 1994).

Danielle McCarthy – Marketplace Manager, Australian International Documentary Conference

Danielle oversees the Marketplace at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in Melbourne, where she manages a slate of initiatives aimed at project development and connecting filmmakers with industry decision makers.

Prior to joining AIDC Danielle worked in producing and programming roles at film festivals including Tribeca, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, and the Melbourne International Film Festival.  She also has a background in production and worked on Steve McQueen’s award-winning film Shame, as well as being a producer and first AD in Australia.

She began her career at Australia’s SBS Television and holds a Master’s degree in Communication Law from the University of Technology Sydney, and a BA (Cinema Studies) from the University of Melbourne.

Ivan Vukusic – Manager, AACTA Awards

Ivan Vukusic is the Manager of the AACTA Awards. He has over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, including roles at Festival Mushroom Records, Walt Disney Studios and Umbrella Entertainment.

He has an Associate Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing and has studied Script Assessment under Tim Pye at AFTRS. In 2013 he took a Short and Sharp winning pitch to the national Screen Forever final. Through his extensive experience in theatrical acquisition and distribution, and as a regular attendee of MIFF’s 37 South, he has seen many feature film pitches. In 2018 he helped develop and launch AACTA Pitch – an initiative that provides emerging creatives with an opportunity to pitch to some of Australia’s leading television, film and online executives. Across 3 separate strands, AACTA Pitch has provided a platform for ideas in web series, short film and high concept drama.

Jo Dillon – Acting CEO, Screen Queensland

Jo Dillon has worked in the development and production of high-quality scripted and unscripted international screen stories for over fourteen years.

Currently Acting CEO at Screen Queensland, Jo was first appointed in 2014 as Executive Vice President, Content with a remit to lead an eight-person team responsible for investment in talent, high-quality screen stories and businesses and to provide strategic leadership, and creative and operational direction to the organisation to grow a successful screen industry.

She is passionate about working with diverse and talented storytellers to create screen stories that attract cast, finance and audiences and has brought commercial and creative know-how to the development of hundreds of projects at both Screen Queensland and in her previous role as Development Executive at Screen Australia.

In the UK, Jo was Head of Development at Emmy-winning production company Yipp Films, responsible for developing factual narratives for network television and establishing the company’s first drama slate. She worked in development for independent feature film producers, notably Ipso Facto Productions, as a script and story consultant working on feature films, shorts and documentaries, and as an assessor for a number of UK investors and screen agencies. Jo is a former UK national newspaper journalist and broadcast commentator.

Ruth Palmer – Head of Event Programming, C21 Media London

Ruth Palmer was appointed as Head of Event Programming at C21 in 2017, where she lead the programming team, working on the content of events including C21’s International Drama Summit, Kids Content Futures, The Unscripted Entertainment Forum and Drama Summit West.

Prior to this she worked at Creative Skillset for 12 years, during which time she was responsible for partnerships in the North of England, managing the UK TV Skills Fund, leading on diversity strategy and was the high-end TV manager.

In this role she worked closely with the UK drama industry to establish and subsequently manage the high-end TV skills levy.

Ruth has deep knowledge of skills and talent development across the TV industry and of the developing needs of the growing high-end TV drama sector.

Screenworks Travelator Series is made possible with support from Create NSW and is delivered as part of the Byron Bay Film Festival

Published on August 27, 2019 5:12 pm