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Monday, August 31, 2015/ Docklands Studios Melbourne


9.00am - 9.30amRegistration (collect name badges for entry)
10.00am - 10.15amWelcome Address & Acknowledgement of Country - Cristina Pozzan, Acting Executive Director, Open Channel
Welcome & Conference Launch - Jenni Tosi, CEO, Film Victoria
10.15am - 11.10amSESSION 1 KEYNOTE SESSION : MAKING MICRO
The philosophy and methodology of micro budget movie making from an acclaimed filmmaker and a development executive's perspective.
Co-Presented by filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson (special video message) together with the Creator of the SAFC FilmLab, Richard Harris
11.15am - 12.15pmSESSION 2: THE IDEA IS EVERYTHING
Which ideas make for great microbudget movies, and which ideas often fail (and why)? Can the system in Australia work to our creative detriment, and how do define the audience for your micro movie idea?
Moderator: Katrina Sedgwick, CEO, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Panellists: Kiah Roache-Turner, Director, Wyrmwood
Sophie Hyde, Director/Producer/Co-Writer, 52 Tuesdays
Chris Kamen, Producer, Small is Beautiful
12.15am - 1.15amNetworking Lunch Break. Food Van ROUND THE WAY BAGEL BURGER on site. Click Here for menu and pricing.
1.15pm - 2.10pmSESSION 3: IN CONVERSATION WITH JASON BLUM, CEO BLUMHOUSE moderated by James Hewison (Skype session)
Academy Award nominated and Emmy award winning producer, Jason Blum is the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking- producing high-quality micro-budget films. In this special in-conversation session, Jason Blum provides insights into the Blumhouse model, and advice to emerging micro filmmakers on how to stay ahead of the curve creatively and forge your own trail to success.
Moderator: James Hewison, Head of Development and Acquisitions, Curious
2.15pm - 3.15pmSESSION 4: CUT YOUR COAT TO SUIT YOUR CLOTH: WRITING THE MICRO MOVIE
You’ve got a great idea, what do you need to develop a great micro movie script that will attract a strong cast and achieve the potential of the idea? The panel will look at how to maximise your available resources and employ rule-based ‘containment’ systems that can underpin the scripting process and keep your budget low - but importantly how you can turn constraint to your creative advantage.
Moderator: Dr Ian Dixon, Writer/Director, Crushed, Interference
Panellists: Sandy Cameron, Producer, The Infinite Man
Aaron-Wilson, Director, Canopy
Dame Hill, Writer/Producer, Pawno
3.30pm - 4.25pm SESSION 5: PERFORMANCE IS PRICELESS
When you don’t have a big budget or big name actors, great performances can be everything to a micro movie and can be a vehicle to launch both new acting and filmmaking talent. How do you get your material into the hands of good actors, then how can you work with your actors using the micro budget advantages of more time, great collaboration, improvisation and intimacy to elicit great on-screen performances?
Moderator: Dr Greg Ferris, UTS/MicroWAVE
Pannellists: Stuart Simpson Director, Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla
Glenn Maynard, Producer/Actor, Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla
Ben Plazzer, Director, The Heckler
Alkinos Tsilimidos, Director, Tom White, Em4Jay
4.30pm - 5.30pm SESSION 6: CENTS AND SENSIBILITY: FINANCING THE MICRO MOVIE
Where can the money come from to finance your micro movie, and what are the standard types of deals and financing options that are done with cast, crews, facilities, corporate brands, and private investors (including crowd sourced finance)? Why is transparency vital for indie filmmaker business models, and how do you finance micro movies ethically and sustainably, ensuring your movies get a release and you stay in business?
Moderator: Andrea Buck, Producer, The Jammed
Panellists: Julie Byrne, Producer 'Touch', 'The Dead Speak Back', Line Producer 'The Babadook', 'Charlie’s Country'
Jonathan Roper, Producer, I am Evangeline
Shaun Miller, Shaun Miller Lawyers
Rick Chen, Co-Founder, Pozible

DOWNLOAD FINANCING RESOURCES AND SESSION POWERPOINT HERE
5.40pm - 6.40pmSESSION 7: SHORT AND SHARP MICROBUDGET PITCHING COMPETITION supported by Film Victoria
Five finalists from across Victoria have three minutes to pitch their micro movie idea to an experienced judging panel. The panel will ask critical questions of the pitchers before adjourning to decide on a winning pitch. The winner will receive a
development prize pack including script consultations with Stephen Cleary, “The Works” crowd funding campaign and support package courtesy of Pozible, and more.
Host: Stephen Luby, EP The Heckler, P Secret River
Judges: Virginia Kay, Producer, Sugar Mountain
Alkinos Tsilimidos, Em 4 Jay
Jason Byrne, Producer, Little Deaths
7.00pmCOMPLIMENTARY DRINK WHILE JUDGES ADJOURN TO MAKE A DECISION
Announcement of Pitch Competition winner
7.30pm Doors close 7:30pm sharp

Thanks to Berth and Cargo Restaurants Docklands for donating pens for delegate bags.

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015/ Docklands Studios Melbourne


9.00am - 9.55amSESSION 8: SPECIAL BREAKFAST SESSION: GLOBAL LESSONS FOR LOCAL CREATIVES
Four case studies challenge filmmakers to think about who the market is for their movie, marketable assets in a feature film, and the creative ramifications for the micro sector - telling stories that wouldn’t be made anywhere else.
Moderator: Christine Rogers, Writer-Director, I am Evangeline
Panellists: Jamie Houge, Producer, Sugar Mountain, Blinder
Steve Mitchell, Producer, The Heckler
Chris Pender, Producer, The Dream Children
Rob Mond, Director, The Subjects

Grab breakfast with other delegates at special locations at Harbour Town before this inspiring early morning talk from micro movie makers!
Recommended breakfast venues at Harbour Town next door from 7am: Degani Bakery Cafe Harbour Town (15% discount on breakfast if you show your conference name badge!) Click this Facebook Event to let Degani Bakery Cafe know if you plan to come for breakfast! - other options include Le Cirque & Gloria Jeans
10.00am - 11.00am SESSION 9: WHERE THE WEB AND MOVIES COLLIDE with MICHAEL GOLDFINE (Skype Session)
L.A. based producer Michael Goldfine (Camp Takota, The Outfield, #O2LForever) Chief Content Officer at Fullscreen Films explores the place of ‘digital-first’ features in the online space, particuarly for younger audiences. How is the feature form changing, how are fans and audiences cultivated online, and how do you transcend the bridge from content to features and back again?
Moderator: Simon Britton, ScreenPro
11.15pm - 12.15pmSESSION 10: PRODUCTION VALUE ON A SHOESTRING
How can you achieve high production values on a limited budget, ensuring an enjoyable movie making experience. When is a low budget aesthetic an advantage? How do you marry aspiration with pragmatism, and what are the creative freedoms and restrictions of working on a micro budget.
Moderator: Jane Corden, Accountant, Moneypenny
Panellists: Jesse O’Brien, Writer-Director, Arrowhead
Matthew Holmes, Writer-Director, Legend of Ben Hall
Jessica Pearce, Producer, Legend of Ben Hall
Maggie Miles, Producer, Van Diemen’s Land
Shane Burrell, Final Post
12.20pm - 1.15pmSESSION 11: CASE STUDY: THE MICROBUDGET DECISION KIMBERLY DILTS AND JT ARBOGAST (Skype session)
Why did US indie filmmakers Kim and JT make a conscious budget choice to go from low budget to a micro, making their follow-up movie Auld Lang Syne for less than a quarter of the budget as their first film Angel’s Perch, and what are they doing differently this time? What is the creative impact of budget choice? How has the team developed a core audience from their first feature, and integrated that into their creative enterprise?
Moderator: Kylie Eddy, Lean Filmmaking
1.15pm - 2.15pmNetworking Lunch Break. Food Van GREEK STREET FOOD on site. Click Here for menu and pricing.
2.15pm - 2.20pmSPOTLIGHT SESSION: : JENNY LALOR, (LALOR LAW) ON ‘THEATRICAL READY’ ELEMENTS
If you decide to take your micro movie down a traditional sales route or look for a theatrical release, you will need specific elements prepare to be ‘theatrical ready’. What are they, and why you should think about these things early in production.
2.25pm - 2.40pmSPOTLIGHT SESSION: NICOLAS GONDA, PRODUCER & CEO, TUGG
What is ‘cinema on demand’, how does it work and why is it changing the marketing and distribution landscape, especially for indie or micro budget movies?
2.45pm - 3.25pm SESSION 12: FOUR CASE STUDIES
Four filmmaking teams provide insights into their unique marketing and distribution strategies, and how they have worked for their movies.
Introduced by: Alan Finney, Chair AFI-AACTA
Case studies: Michelle Lloyd, Director/Producer/Co-Writer and Dustin Clare, Producer/Co-Writer/Actor, Sunday
Mark Grentell, Director, Backyard Ashes
Alexandros Ouzas, Producer, Plague
Genevieve Bailey, Writer/Director/Producer, via Skype, I am Eleven
3.25pm - 3.30pm5 min short break
3.30pm - 4.30pm SESSION 13: THE SELF DISTRIBUTION ROAD MAP: A DISCUSSION PANEL
It has been said that a movie is 50% production and 50% marketing. Micro movie makers need to be thinking beyond just making a film, to reaching an audience, which more often than not means self distribution. How should filmmakers in the audience plan their own marketing, publicity and distribution strategies, who can you work with, and what are the opportunities and pitfalls in the ever-changing distribution landscape for microbudget movies.
Moderated by: Alan Finney, Chair AFI-AACTA
Panellists: Nicolas Gonda, Producer and CEO, Tugg
Michelle Lloyd, Producer/Director/Co-Writer and Dustin Clare, Producer/Co-Writer/Actor, Sunday
Mark Grentell, Director, Backyard Ashes
Alexandros Ouzas, Producer, Plague
Genevieve Bailey, Writer/Director/Producer, via Skype, I am Eleven
4.30pm - 4.40pm10 min networking break
4.40pm - 5.15pm SESSION 14: CASE STUDY: THE MADE-TO-ORDER FEATURE, WITH OLIVIER KAEMPFER (UK, Skype session)
Jules Bishop’s Debut feature Borrowed Time was developed and funded under Film London’s Microwave scheme in partnership with BBC Films, which challenges film­makers to shoot a feature film for no more than £100,000 with cash and in-kind support. At the forefront of digital distribution revolution Producer Olivier Kaempfer ran the UK’s first crowd funding campaign for self-distribution in 2012, successfully raising £21,721 in 30 days from 360 backers on Kickstarter. This session explores how filmmakers now have the opportunity to bring audiences and filmmakers directly together, build a vertically integrated, crowd sourced production and release, all to order.
Moderator: Barbara Connell, Tugg Australia
5.20pm - 6.00pmSESSION 15: FORESIGHTING SESSION: Imagine the future of micro movie making in Victoria: incorporating Twitter discussions from during the conference, and a platform for ongoing discussion after the conference. This session sponsored by Innovation and Business Skills Australia.
Hosted by Strategic Foresight facilitators Tim Kreibig and Stephen Reimann
6.00pmOfficial launch of International Specialised Skills Institute report, Australia’s Microcinema: Building capability through development and production schemes

Conference Close Open Channel - Cristina Pozzan
6.15pm till lateAfter party Groove Train, Docklands (short walking distance)

Trailer Screenings


BelowFiveZero microbudget festival (launching April 2016) will curate screenings of panellist’s film trailers between sessions.

Side Bar Events


Mini Micro Movie Festival

Ticket sales for the Mini Micro Movie Festival have now closed.

Check out TUGG Australia’s website for upcoming “cinema on demand” crowd funded screenings at a cinema near you: https://tugg.com.au/

Industry Networking Rooms

Drop in to the ‘tech lounge’ to meet with Shane Burrell & Eleanor Kalantary (Final Post); Warwick Field,  Ryan Alexander Lloyd, Alan Cole ACS and David Williams from the Australian Cinematographers Society, and Chris Hocking from Australian Screen Editors

Self register at the conference for a one-on-one meet or network with guest screen organisations in the ‘Star Rooms’ during session breaks and lunch time (limited sessions available).

Open Channel welcomes special industry guests from Film Victoria, Screen Australia,
ABC iView (Sally O’Donahue, ‎Manager, iview and Internet Broadcasting), the New Zealand Film Commission (Dale Corlett), and film distribution service companies Spondo (Ludwina Dautovic), Umbrella Entertainment (Fergus Grady) and Tugg (Barbara Connell, and Co-Founder Nicolas Gonda).

Coffee van

Our friends at www.avenuedesitalians.com.au will have a mobile coffee van on site throughout the conference for all your snack, sugar or caffeine needs. Here’s a page with their delicious conference offerings made just for you!

 

Disclaimer: Schedule subject to change. Stay tuned to this page or our OpenLine newsletter for program updates!