Generation Next Micro Movie Conference


Micro Movies. Big Impact.


Dates: Monday 31st August and Tuesday 1st September 2015
Venue: Docklands Studios, 476 Docklands Drive, Docklands VIC 3008

A new generation of micro budget filmmakers have emerged. They are breaking all the rules, exceeding expectations and redefining Australia’s cinema landscape. Open Channel brought many of them together at the Generation Next: Micro Movie Conference to tell how it’s done.

Over two days of panel discussions with Australia’s most exciting new filmmakers, content creators, and expert advisors, we heard the stories of how these bold and risk-taking movies have been made, how they have found audiences, and how they are launching careers.

With increasingly limited prospects for financing or selling a movie through traditional means, especially without a name cast or proven director attached, the micro movie combines ideas and ambition, technology and resourcefulness to open the door to long form screen storytelling for debut filmmakers or truly independent movie ideas.

The micro movie is innovative by nature, and turns a tiny budget into a creative advantage. Increasingly these movies are made-to-order for targeted audiences, and often designed for a ‘digital-first’ release where creators engage audiences from the ground up. In the right hands, the results are often fresh and highly original.

The Generation Next: Micro Movie conference is the place to network, develop your knowledge and skills, and discuss the trends shaping Australia’s screen landscape.

This year’s conference included a number of new additions including the Short and Sharp Microbudget Pitching Competition and networking lounges. Open Channel was also proud to support the ‘Mini Micro Film Festival’, a week long filmmaker led screening series supported by Tugg and Backlot Studios.

Proudly supported by Film Victoria and Screen Australia.

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This is Open Channel’s 7th Generation Next conference.