SCREEN FOREVER, the premier Australian screen production industry conference, played host to 823 international and local delegates and speakers, reinforcing its place as the must-attend event for screen production business in Australia. Attracting attendees from Canada, USA, UK, Korea, Colombia, South Africa, New Zealand and more, SCREEN FOREVER provided a forum for connection, partnerships and discussion of the most important issues facing the industry today.

This year’s SCREEN FOREVER secured the highest number of registrations in several years, which is a testament to the strong programming and endless networking opportunities available throughout the conference” said CEO Matthew Deaner. “Important issues such as inclusivity, diversity and the importance of Australian content were raised and discussed, not only for the advancement of our community but for the future success of our businesses. SCREEN FOREVER has continued to deliver strong business outcomes for our industry, and we are pleased to hear of a number of projects and relationships thriving as a result of the event.”


Over the course of the three days, 72 sessions were scheduled covering insightful discussions on diversity and gender issues within our industry, the future of screen content through VR and AR, Australian content in a globalised world, the future of children's television, financing and best business practices, and an exclusive presentation of ABC's Q&A, moderated by Virginia Trioli.

These discussions were complemented by presentations and In Conversations with inspirational keynote speakers and innovative thinkers from around the world. Highlights included: Justin Milne, who delivered the Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture; Academy Award-winning producer of Shakespeare In LoveHidden FiguresSilver Linings Playbookand The Reader Donna Gigliotti; former Pixar CFO and author Lawrence Levy; documentary producer/director Ondi Timoner; producer/director of The L Word and Go FishRose TrocheMichelle Guthrie, Managing Director, ABC; Peter Tonagh, Chief Executive Officer, Foxtel; Hugh Marks, Chief Executive Officer, Nine Entertainment; Paul Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Network Ten; and Mike Sneesby, Chief Executive Officer, Stan Entertainment.


The International & Domestic Partnership Markets saw our delegates participate in over 800 meetings, considerably higher than last year's conference at 356. 
SPA Connect included more Roundtables and Pitching opportunities than ever before, with 470 delegates participating in Roundtables and 300 involved in Ready, Steady Pitch!, successfully connecting prospective business partners from around the world.

Several of the 28 international speakers who spoke at the conference also partook in Roundtables and Ready, Steady, Pitch! meetings, including Lucy Goodman (Happy Films, UK); Hakan Kousetta (See-Saw Films, UK); Hema Patel (Lightbox, NZ); Holly Hines (Dynamic Television, US); Jocelyn Hamilton (Entertainment One, Canada) and Sam Toles (MGM, US). These speakers joined 119 local speakers and moderators to lead sessions that actively promoted business discussions and partnerships.


 facilitated countless meetings which were often continued in the various social events and dinners organised formally and informally during the conference.

The Opening Night Drinks kicked off the social events and what better way to meet, mingle and start the conversation with local and international guests. Held at Club 23, the event was the perfect way to end the first day's festivities.

Following on from the success of the first MediaRING Breakfast in 2016, this year Adam Briggs, acclaimed rapper, record label owner, comedy writer and actor spoke to 100 delegates and invited guests. Briggs was introduced by MediaRING Chairperson Tanya Orman with Uncle Jack Charles, respected Elder and actor, providing a warm and generous Welcome to Country. Briggs spoke about his own journey as an Indigenous artist and his story highlighted how he had pushed through with his own brand of urban music and took every opportunity to expand his knowledge and talent into screenwriting and acting when opportunities arose.

The SDIN Breakfast welcomed Deborah Williams, 
CEO of the UK’s The Creative Diversity Network (CDN), who shared insights on addressing the crucial issues of underrepresentation in screen practice, and how to access a greater range of talent, ideas and audiences.

Following a jam packed day on Wednesday, a networking event presented by Audio Network took place bringing delegates together in a relaxed setting to showcase the power of music.

The 17th Annual Screen Producers Australia Awards were hosted by Nazeem Hussain at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre, which was followed by the SCREEN FOREVER Gala Party, supported by CMPA. The Awards recognised excellence in 13 categories of film, television and interactive productions, whilst also acknowledging individuals and businesses that have had a successful year. Pam Barnes was named the Lifetime Achievement recipient and accepted her award to a standing ovation.

Another highlight of the evening was special guest Magda Szubanski, who was welcomed to the stage by Media Super CEO, Graeme Russell to present the Production Business of the Year award. With another standing ovation, Magda shared her joy with the announcement of the Yes vote the day prior.


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Huge thanks to all our delegates, speakers, moderators, producers, sponsors, supporters, conference assistants, Advisory Board and behind the scenes crew who helped make SCREEN FOREVER 2017 one of the best yet.

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TV networks should ‘hand licences back’ if they aren’t producing local content
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Rachel Griffiths: Aussie industry has always embraced female producers
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