Industry conference Screen Forever has announced new dates for February 2021.
Screen Producers Australia announced last year that the Gold Coast had won the event for the next 3 years, but the pandemic has meant a November event will now take place on 16-18 February 2021 at The Star Event Centre, with all necessary safety measures in place.
“Queensland is more than ready to make the most of the opportunities our successful handling of the pandemic has afforded us, including safely hosting Screen Forever on the Gold Coast in February 2021,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“I am delighted Australia’s preeminent screen industry conference, with its new interactive digital platform, is set to take place in the most screen-friendly city and state in the nation.
“The Queensland Government is proud to sponsor this important networking opportunity for screen professionals at such a critical time for them and for their industry as a whole, as it eagerly takes a lead role in Australia’s economic recovery by generating jobs, vital revenue and more local content for the world to enjoy.”
“The health and wellbeing of our delegates, staff and the wider community is our number one priority. Without Queensland’s strong health response to this pandemic it would not be possible for us to proceed with our event,” said SPA CEO Matthew Deaner.
“The amount of interest we have received in recent months has proven how critical Screen Forever is to the Australian screen industry, particularly the production sector, and we thank everyone for their patience and support while we determined the safest and best way to proceed.”
Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said, “For over 30 years, Screen Forever has been one of the major highlights on the Australian screen industry’s calendar, opening doors for Queensland producers to pitch their projects to national and international big-hitters in the film industry.
“In the current landscape, the continuation of significant international markets like Screen Forever is excellent news for our local screen sector, which has shown enormous resilience during this challenging period. We are fortunate to have an industry conference of this calibre on our doorstep and very proud to partner with SPA.”
SPA also announced that for the first time an interactive digital platform will allow screen professionals from around the world to participate.
The annual SPA Awards are also moving to February but select awards will be handed out this year.