2020’s rescheduled Screen Forever Conference has opened online, having ‘pivoted’ from earlier plans to be staged on the Gold Coast.
SPA CEO Matthew Deaner welcomed delegates online ahead of 3 days of networking, pitching and meeting opportunities on offer, plus 40 interactive sessions.
The Welcome also featured Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk who said, “This event is about showcasing the very best of our industry, over the next 3 days, you’ll get a taste of what makes Queensland one of the worlds sort after destinations for the screen industry,” and Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich. Delegates will watch sessions including TV executives, showrunners (including from The Handmaid’s Tale and The Queen’s Gambit) and funding bodies.
It also features 98 industry leaders from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, USA, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Singapore hearing pitches at Ready, Steady, Pitch!, Together with Screenrights Roundtables this represents over 1,400 opportunities for delegates to sell their content and production services.
Online delegates will also be able to ask questions and network in online hubs.
While the full agenda kicks off tomorrow, today sees a special Q+A event at QUT to debate current media content issues in Australia and around the world. Speakers are Nicholas Brown, Actor & Musician, Kites & The Unlisted; Stephanie Dower, Creative Director, Dower Productions; Benjamin Law, Writer & Broadcaster; Nathan Mayfield, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Hoodlum Entertainment and Chantelle Murray, Writer & Director, My Name is Mudju & Shed.
Paul Fletcher will also give a keynote later today addressing the Media Reform Green Paper.