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Find your pathway / Find your place / Find Your Voice

The Generation Next: Screen Creators’ Conference is for the next generation of screen creators. You might just be getting started or you might already have taken your first steps. Either way, this conference is for you. The programme is designed to help you Find Your Voice in whatever way you choose to tell your stories.

The programme is made up of full conference sessions, smaller panel discussions, provocations, talks and presentations, hypotheticals, roundtables, industry demonstrations and opportunities to interact with industry representatives and, of course, to meet and network with each other.

There is no one way to engage with the programme; how you navigate your way through the two days is up to you and what you’re looking for. However, as a guide, some sessions are designated Find Your Pathway (sessions more suited to current students or screen creators with very little experience) and others are designated Find Your Place (sessions more suited to recent graduates or screen creators who’ve got a few runs on the board). There are also extended morning and afternoon tea breaks to allow you to network and to take advantage of meeting industry reps who are keen to meet and talk with you about where you see your career path taking you.

Above all, though, the programme is about helping you Find Your Voice so that you leave better equipped to create your screen stories and more resilient as you establish yourself in an ever changing environment.

DAY ONE // MONDAY 29 AUGUST
8.30amRegistration
9.10amWelcome / Acknowledgement of Country / Housekeeping
9.20amFind Your Voice
IN CONVERSATION WITH: ROBYN BUTLER & WAYNE HOPE
Moderator: Caroline Waters
10.00amFind Your Voice
HYPOTHETICAL 1: GETTING YOUR IDEA NOTICED
Two emerging screen creators pitch their projects to an industry panel in the first of three hypothetical case studies.
Facilitator: Geoff Paine
Panel: Stephen Luby, Jenny Lalor, Jessica Pearce
11.00amMORNING TEA
11.30amFind Your Voice
SESSION 1: STORIES TO TELL
Hear from three different screen creators about how they approached the process of bringing their stories to screen. Who did they work with and how did they make it happen?
Moderator: Sandra Sciberas
Speakers: Lee Matthews, Nicole Ma, Grant Scicluna
12.30pmFind Your Pathway
SESSION 2: SCOPING THE INDUSTRY
What do you need to know? How do you find your way?
Moderator: Caroline Waters
Speakers: Ross Hutchens, Paul Walton, Amanda Reedy
Find Your Place
SESSION 3: STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING PROJECTS
Three filmmakers talk about their very different experiences of getting their projects made.
Moderator: John Cumming
Speakers: Amanda Higgs, Brett Sleigh, Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw
1.20pmLUNCH & INDUSTRY EXPO
2.30pmFind Your Pathway
SESSION 4: THE FUTURE OF FORM
Creating for many screens - phones, tablets, computers?
Moderator: Shane Dunlop
Speakers: Kylie Eddy, Ramona Telecican, Michael Shanks
Find Your Place
SESSION 5: GRIPS ARE CREATIVE TOO!
A look at jobs like grips, sound, continuity and the contribution they make to a production.
Moderator: Cristina Pozzan
Speakers: Richard Alladice, Sabi Paisa, Jane Corden
3.30pmFind Your Pathway
SESSION 6: WHO ELSE COULD I BE?
What if you don't end up where you think you're going to?What other possibilities are there? Three stories of finding alternate pathways.
Moderator: Chris Thompson
Speakers: Britt Arthur, Marin Johnson, Jarrod Theodore
Find Your Place
SESSION 7: ONLY LIMITED BY IMAGINATION
CGI and Animation - how do they tell the story?
Moderator: Claire Merquita
Speakers: Katrina Mathers, Michael Shanks, Simon Rosenthal
4.20pmAFTERNOON TEA
4.50pmFind Your Voice
SESSION 8: WHO HEARS OUR STORIES?
Who is your audience? How do you find them? How do you engage them with the work you want to make?
Moderator: Cristina Pozzan
Speaker: Julie Kalceff
5.40pmFind Your Voice
FACILITATED NETWORKING EVENT: HOW DO I PUT MYSELF OUT THERE?
Facilitator: Kylie Eddy
6.00pmShare Your Voice
NETWORKING
Share a drink, share your experiences of the day and share your plans for the future with the people who may end up helping you make it happen.

DAY TWO // TUESDAY 30 AUGUST
8.30amRegistration
9.00amHousekeeping
9.10amFind Your Voice
IN CONVERSION WITH JOCELYN MOORHOUSE: BEST LAID PLANS
What happens when things don't go the way you thought they would?
Moderator: Chris Thompson
9.50amFind Your Voice
HYPOTHETICAL 2: SURVIVING THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Our two projects move to the next stage. What happens when you go into development? How do you deal with feedback, notes and the inevitable changes?
Facilitator: Geoff Paine
Panel: Stephen Luby, Jessica Pearce, Jenny Lalor Karin Altmann
10.50amMORNING TEA
11.20amFind Your Pathway
SESSION 9: THE REAL DEAL
Working in the world of factual, documentary and corporate screen creating.
Moderator: Peter George
Speakers: Jacob Hickey, Susie Jones, Anna Grieve
Find Your Place
SESSION 10: GAME ON
Collaboraton is key. What inspiration can new screen creators take from the games industry.
Moderator: Caroline Waters
Speakers: Giselle Rosman, Lester Francois, Matt Ditton, Jamie Whitelaw
12.20pmFind Your Pathway
SESSION 11: WHERE DO I STAND?
An overview of on-set protocols, what different departments do, how the hierarchy works for either film or television.
Two Options:
TV - NEP Outside Broadcast tour and talk
Film - Talk by Line Producer Brendan Campbell
Find Your Place
SESSION 12: IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD
The brave new world of Virtual Reality.
Moderator: Emily Harridge
Speaker: Michael Beets, Oscar Raby, Lynette Wallworth
1.10pmLUNCH & INDUSTRY EXPO
2.20pmFind Your Voice
SESSION 13: GETTING IT OUT THERE
The new opportunities for distribution. Online platforms as creators.
Moderator: Marc C Scott
Speakers: Paul Tonta, Chris Kamen, Maggie Miles
3.20pmFind Your Voice
SESSION 14: WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY MISTAKES
Case studies looking back at what it was like to be the new kid on the block.
Moderator: Dr Ian Dixon
Speakers: Steven Tandy, Sue Maslin, Deborah Parsons
4.10pmAFTERNOON TEA
4.40pmFind Your Voice
HYPOTHETICAL 3: GREEN LIGHT GO
What happens when your project gets picked up? What changes will budgets, locations and casting command? And what happens if it doesn't get picked up? Is that the end or are there other ways to move forward?
Facilitator: Geoff Paine
Speakers: Jessica Pearce, Thea McLeod, Stephen Luby
5.30pmFind Your Voice
CLOSING ADDRESS: BENJAMIN LAW
6.00pmAFTER PARTY
Groove Train (Harbour Town)