Hilditch, Jaggi, Clerc among screen professionals to take centre stage in CinefestOZ Industry Program

CinefestOZ has announced an exciting Industry Program led by local and national film industry leaders and innovators including Jodie Bell, Jub Clerc, Julia Redwood, Jamie Hilton, Steve Jaggi, Anne Robinson and These Final Hours director Zak Hilditch.

American actor Kate Walsh will also take part in the program.

The CinefestOZ Industry Program encourages attendees to take part with peers in conversations important to the Australian film industry. This can be done live in Busselton with the added bonus of industry networking, or online across Australia and internationally via live sessions. In a festival first, online sessions are accessible by visiting the CinefestOZ website and purchasing a pass.

Industry Program highlights
Kate Walsh on Hollywood and opportunities in WA
Screen Australia – Update from CEO Graeme Mason
WIFTWA networking session
Our Voices on Screen – CinefestOZ’s leading voices Jodie Bell and Jub Clerc join Dot West, and Screen Australia’s Head of Indigenous Department Penny Smallacombe will discuss the importance of Indigenous key creatives taking the helm of telling “our stories, our way”
Film Attraction and Locations in Western Australia – Creative & Industries Manager of the South West Development Commission Mat Lewis and representatives from the Pilbara & Great Southern will discuss our stunning WA landscapes and how filmmakers can capitalise on them
Discover what has changed in International Distribution & Sales – Screenwest Head of Screen Investment and Strategic Projects Matthew Horrocks, Co-Founder of Madman Entertainment Paul Weigard, Managing Director of Universal Pictures International Australasia Mike Baard and Roadshow Films CEO Joel Pearlman will look at the Australian distribution model in the current climate, what it means from an international perspective and pitching projects to distributors
The Streaming Revolution – Chief Content Officer for Stan Entertainment Nick Forward and Screen Producers Australia CEO Matt Deaner will chat about upcoming opportunities, changes to the Australian landscape and what the streaming revolution means for Australian films and producers
Producing Covid – Julia Redwood (Outback Truckers, Outback Opal Hunters, Star Dreaming) hosts a panel session providing insights into managing through COVID and producing new content, with producers Jamie Hilton (GO!, Standing up for Sunny, Breath), Steve Jaggi (Swimming for Gold, Back of the Net, Rip Tide) and Anne Robinson (The Merger, Backyard Ashes)
Director’s Spotlight – Featuring WA writer/director Zak Hilditch (Rattlesnake, 1922, These Final Hours, Transmission), hosted by director/producer Sam Lara, WA representative of the Australian Directors’ Guild
Book to Screen Adaptations – Screenwest’s Drama Development Manager Barbara Connell will talk about what it takes to, not only find the right book for a screen adaptation, but how to do it and do it well along with director John Sheedy and screenwriter Lisa Hoppe (H is for Happiness)

This year, the Industry Program will reach a global audience with the addition of an online component and will address contemporary issues in today’s challenging environment.

CinefestOZ Film Festival runs from 25 to 30 August in the South West. The festival may look and feel a little different in 2020 but will continue to champion Australian stories and film through a modified program of live and online screenings and special events, curated for these unprecedented times.

The full program is now online at cinefestoz.com

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