2017 Screen Makers Conference Announces Program! Registrations Now Open!

It’s all happening in South Australia as they gear up for this year’s Screen Makers Conference. Featuring a panel of Australian film and television heavyweights, there’s a bevvy of workshops, masterclasses and in coversations across all the visual media landscapes for you to sink your teeth into! Check out the press release and program below!

The Screen Makers Conference (SMC), today announced Showrunner, Writer and Producer Vicki Madden will deliver the Keynote Address at the two day screen industry conference to be held on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July.

Madden runs her own Production Company, Sweet Potato Films, a small boutique film and TV company in her home state of Tasmania, and has just co-created, co-produced and written the critically acclaimed TV series,
The Kettering Incident; a $15 million high-end drama for Foxtel, set in the dramatic landscape of Tasmania. Critics worldwide have described it as ‘ground breaking, bold and confident storytelling that subverts and
elevates the crime genre’.

With over 20 years experience locally and internationally, Vicki Madden has worked as Writer and Showrunner on such shows as Halifax fp, The Bill, (UK), Trial & Retribution (UK) The Clinic (Ireland), Water Rats and K9 (UK) to just name a few. She was also the writer of the 90-minute true crime telemovie for the 9 Network and Playmaker media Blood Brothers.

Leaning on her two decades in the industry and unrivalled storytelling prowess, Madden will lead the SMC along the tangible journey of her career. How she carved her own path from the regional wilderness of Tasmania, to the big screens of the international markets. Offering her insights to encourage writers and creatives to tell local stories and take them global; the value of writing authentically from one’s own experience and sense of place; and the importance of the role of the showrunner in TV.

MRC Director Gail Kovatseff said “Hosting Vicki Madden to give the keynote address is a huge coup for the conference, and reflects its growing importance as a key event on the national screen industry calendar”.

The Screen Makers Conference this year also offers a marketplace component where filmmakers can meet one-on-one and pitch their drama and factual ideas to leading players including Foxtel, Roadshow ABC iView and You Tube to name a few. The screen industry is rapidly evolving and the Screen Makers Conference provides opportunities to create a career path into the industry, through accessing the marketplace, fostering creative collaborations and
facilitating networking opportunities.

The conference runs from July 28 – 29 at the Mercury Cinema, and offers a comprehensive program of panel sessions and industry speakers, meet the market and round tables, one-on-one pitching sessions, as well as
plenty of opportunity for informal networking.

To Register and View Full Program go to: www.screenmakersconference.com.au


The SMC is presented by the Media Resource Centre with Principal Partner AFTRS and Major Sponsors:
Screen Australia, the SAFC, and UniSA.


Meet the Market – Television
Carly Heaton – Drama Development Executive, Foxtel
Foxtel has had a string of successful award-winning dramas, including the supernatural mystery set in Tasmania; The Kettering Incident and the Canberra based political thriller Secret City, as well as their ongoing popular dramas; A Place to Call Home and Wentworth. Find out what Foxtel looks for in a drama series and how to work with Foxtel.

Panel Session – Producer Insights from Shorts to Features
Sam Jennings & Kristina Ceyton – Producers, Causeway Films
Sam has just come back from the Cannes Film Market, while Kristina has wrapped a major film shoot, Nightingale in Tasmania. Find out what’s attracting buzz, what’s selling internationally, and how they sold
their latest feature Cargo to Netflix.

In Conversation – The Truth About Factual
Jennifer Collins – Head of Non-Fiction, Screen Time
Jen Collins is one of Australia’s leading factual producers, creating and developing some of Australia’s most successful factual formats. Find out what Screen Time is looking for, what is hot in the factual landscape and what are the ingredients for a successful factual series.

Masterclass – Creating an Effective YouTube Strategy
Andrew Peterson – Head of Partnerships, YouTube
YouTube works with the some of the most successful content makers in the world, building audiences and helping creators monetise their shows. Dive into the world of YouTube and find out how to cut through with your own show, and how to make money through the 10 Fundamentals of Creating a YouTube Strategy.

Meet the Market – Feature Films
Nick Batzias – Head of Production Madman Production & Entertainment
With a wealth of experience, both as a producer and distributor, Nick is a goldmine of industry insight and marketplace information. He has been involved in a broad range of productions. Nick will provide insight into
how they approach the market, how they see their slate evolving and what kind of films Madman looks for.

Meet The Market & Case Study – Financing a Feature
Lisa Shaunessy – Arcadia Production & Distribution
Lisa has recently started a new distribution company with business partner Leonie Mansfield. As a producer and distributor she will share her insights on the state of play in international feature films, what Arcadia is looking for and as an added bonus she will share the financing journey of her latest feature film Killing Ground, which was invited to screen at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017.

In Conversation – Genre Features
Colin and Cameron Cairnes – Directors, 100 Bloody Acres & Scare Campaign
Australian Horror Stories: Tackling the genre of fear… and the fear of genre.
Australian horror films have an international reputation for being distinctive, compelling and accessible. So why is it apparently so hard to reach an audience here in Oz? In a free ranging discussion, Cameron and Colin
Cairnes look at the Australian horror movie landscape and break down some of the challenges for those hoping to forge a career in an often misunderstood genre.

Panel Session – Can a Short Film launch a career?
Annabelle Sheehan- SAFC CEO
Nerida Moore – Head of Development, Screen Australia
Rebecca Summerton – Producer, Closer Production
This impressive panel shares their considerable industry expertise to discuss whether a short film can still launch a career or are there better ways to get noticed? What is the idea behind a proof of concept? What do festivals look for in a short?

Meet the Market – Television
Sally O’Donoghue – Manager, iView ABC
iView is the leading free-to-air internet TV service of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, attracting 2.1million monthly users, second only to Netflix for video on demand, recording more than 50 million program plays each month. Find out what original shows iView commissions and how they work with emerging screen makers.

Meet the Market – Features
Seph Mc Kenna – Head of Production, Roadshow Films
Roadshow is the world’s leading expert on selling Australian films to Australian audiences. Their most recent box office hits include: Red Dog, Paper Planes, Oddball, Mao’s Last Dancer, and Bran Nue Dae. We all want to work with Roadshow. So how can you get them interested in your film? Seph shares his insight into the feature film market, what Roadshow are looking for and how to work with them.

Masterclass – Financing Documentary
Mitzi Goldman – CEO, Documentary Australia Foundation
Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) is Australia’s only independent, non-profit initiative bringing philanthropists and filmmakers together to create social change. So how does DAF work, and how do you attract philanthropic funding to your doco?

Masterclass – The Four Freedom Streams of Financing
Dr Cathy Henkel – Director, WA Screen Academy @ Edith Cowan University
Cathy has been researching and applying innovative, non-subsidy forms of financing in her documentary production work and teaching for the past seven years. She will outline and demystify the four freedom streams for financing screen content, including the mysterious art of crowdfunding and sponsorship. She will reveal effective strategies for a successful campaign and tools to hit your funding target and build the audience/fan base for your project. This session will also unpack the types of sponsorships available, the joys
and pitfalls of dealing with corporate partners, and how to produce bold new creative works without heavyhanded product placement. Branded content and sponsorship, private investment, donor financing and crowd-funding collectively offer exciting new creative partnerships and a way to grow the funding pool for Australian screen content.

Meet The Market – Equity Crowdfunding
Alan Crabbe – Pozible
Equity Crowdfunding has been legislated in Australia and will be accessible to small businesses, creative companies and startups by the end of the year. Alan will discuss the new opportunities for raising investment from the crowd; provide insight and trends internationally; details on the limitations and thresholds for companies and where Alan thinks the big opportunity is for the creative industries.

Meet the Market – Angel Investors
Shane Cheek – Founder Innovation Bay and Managing Partner of Acumen Ventures
We need to rediscover our entrepreneurial instincts and use them to forge new ways of developing projects. One way is to engage and work with Angel investors. Shane will explain what Angel investors are looking for
and how to approach and work with them.

In Conversation – Fear & Loathing on the TV Trail
Nathan Earl -Producer, Director – One Stone Pictures
Seasoned Television Producer Nathan Earl takes a look into the ups and downs of surviving in the TV industry and riding the wave of new funding and distribution models. From his earliest days being arrested while producing The Chaser’s War on Everything to forging his own career using a combination of brand funding to make 2 seasons the comedy series Plonk. Nathan will share insights and attributes that can make or break a career in TV. What does the future hold for independent production companies, how do good ideas find their way to an audience and is brand funding really the saviour it could have been?

Masterclass – Features
Enzo Tedeschi – Director, Deadhouse Films
Innovative Approach to feature film storytelling. Enzo Tedeschi is an award-winning Australian filmmaker known for his bold approaches to storytelling, emerging media and digital content. Enzo will share his development, financing and distribution models and where the opportunities are in the future.

Masterclass – How to Break into the Industry
Kirsty Stark – Producer, Epic Films
You’ve finished your film course and made a couple of self-funded projects, and now you’re ready to take the next step in your career. Kirsty Stark, producer of two ABC iView series – Goober and Wastelander Panda: Exile, as well as the feature film A Month of Sundays, will help you bridge that gap between making your own projects and getting paid for your work.