Today was day one for SCREEN FOREVER 2021 and Kylie Munnich, CEO of Screen Queensland in Brisbane today at Queensland University of Technology addressed the room with filmmaker delegates from the Queensland screen industry, who had been invited to gather together for Day One of SCREEN FOREVER.

The event was to be on the Gold Coast at The Star Entertainment Casino but due to Covid and uncertainly of boarders it got cancelled last month. The 3-day event will still be full-on with back to back speakers and panels that will give a good indicator to all producers and productions companies what the next phase is looking like for screen.

With SF going fully digital Kylie expressed it has also expanded our access to the wider world, creating a program that is truly international, truly at the frontier in its reach, scope and diversity. We have guest speakers not only from the US and UK, but also Singapore, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Canada, connecting Australian screen practitioners to heavyweight decision makers from all corners of the globe, and all genres and platforms.

One highlight is to hear from William Horberg EP on The Queen’s Gambit; Sera Gamble, Writer, EP and Showrunner on You and The Magicians; and from our own backyard, Dena Curtis and Aaron Fa’Aoso talking about the Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub—an amazing incubator for new Indigenous screen stories.

I’m also pleased to note that 20 Queensland screen practitioners are participating on panels at this year’s SCREEN FOREVER, on a range of topics from “What is a Showrunner?” and “How Producers Can Compete in a Global Screen Ecosystem” to this afternoon’s highly anticipated ABC Q&A panel, hosted by Sarah Kanowski, with Nathan Mayfield, Stephanie Dower and Chantelle Murray—all Queensland screen creatives.

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