The last weekend of July saw the 2017 Screen Makers Conference (SMC) cement its reputation as the leading Australian screen industry event for film and content makers seeking rapid career acceleration.
Across the two day event the SMC offered numerous keynote and panel speaker sessions, formal networking events and industry roundtables; along with, for the first time, delivering practical one-on-one pitching opportunities for delegates to connect their projects with marketplace representatives and receive invaluable feedback.
The 2017 conference saw the first significant contingent of interstate visitors, both self-funded and supported by other state agencies, and offered over 170 delegates the opportunity to rub shoulders and pitch to over 90 market leaders such as Roadshow, Foxtel, ABC I-View and XYZ Films. Every delegate was additionally offered at least one direct engagement with an industry decision maker, with many delegates taking up numerous strategic meetings and strengthening their own personal industry networks.
The Media Resource Centre Director, Gail Kovatseff said that the Screen Makers Conference is having a truly positive effect on the emerging industry and is leading the way in supporting young filmmakers across Australia.
“For the third year in a row we were told by all participants, speakers and delegates alike, that this was an incredibly well programmed industry event full of fresh information. It was exciting to see everyone having lots of light bulb moments about how they could advance their careers and their projects. Delegates were particularly excited by the level of access to people they wanted to meet” said the Media Resource Centre Director, Gail Kovatseff
The SMC’s focus is on providing the freshest market insights and highlighting the key opportunities currently providing young and emerging screen makers viable career traction. As a result, delegates fall mainly into the 18-35 age brackets, making the conference a fertile ground for broadcasters and producers looking for new voices.
An initiative of the Adelaide Media Resource Centre which for 43 years has successfully supported SA filmmakers into the professional industry. While the Screen Makers Conference aims to provide opportunities to screen makers outside of the main centres of screen production, it in fact attracted delegates from every Australian capital city as well as regional Australia. Like its two predecessors the 2017 Conference was a sell-out and in a partnership with Channel 44 will be broadcast nationally in coming weeks.
For more information, www.mrc.org.au and www.mercurycinema.org.au