At the 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.
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.
Each of the funding bodies will deliver a 1 hour presentation on how to put in a ‘killer’ development funding application.
RUN ORDER – (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
9:15am SCREENWORKS – Welcome and introductions 9:30am CONTENT LONDON – via Zoom; Pitching opportunities through Content London and how to apply 10:30am SCREEN AUSTRALIA – Development funding initiatives through Screen Australia 11:30am BREAK 12:00pm CREATE NSW – Development funding initiatives through Create NSW 1:00pm BREAK 1:45pm SCREEN QUEENSLAND – Development funding initiatives through Screen Qld 2:45pm AACTA – Pitching opportunities through AACTA and how to apply 3:45pm AIDC – Pitching opportunities through AIDC and how to apply 4:45pm CLOSE
5 – 7pm – Byron Bay International Film Festival Filmmakers Night – hosted by Screenworks – Byron Community Centre (entry to the networking event is by donation and is not part of the Travelator II ticket price, follow this link for more information)
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.
BOBBY ROMIA – SECTOR INVESTMENT MANAGER, CREATE NSW
Bobby Romia is a television producer, writer and former broadcaster with a Master of Arts in Screenwriting at AFTRS. He currently works as a Sector Investment Manager for Create NSW. Prior to this, he held producer and commissioning supervisor positions at SBS Australia and NITV across a slate of scripted, entertainment and documentary productions which include Deep Water, The Family Law 2, Eurovision, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Tropfest, The Logan Project, Living Black and Awaken. As a freelancer, he worked across Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Underbelly: Files Telemovies, Underbelly: Razor, Hopscotch Films/Eone Entertainment and Screentime New Zealand.
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