The inaugural Australian International Screen Forum will take place in New York City from March 19-22, 2018, a four day event encompassing screenings and previews, industry-focused seminars, roundtables, keynote conversations, and master classes, highlighting the incredible work coming out of Australia’s rapidly expanding screen sector. Hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the event aims to foster new relationships between the film industries of Australia and the United States.
Key screenings include the New York premiere of Simon Baker’s directorial debut film Breath, with a post-screening Q & A; the North American Premiere of Jennifer Peedom’s documentary Mountain, narrated by Willem Dafoe, with post screening Q & A; the New York Premiere of Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country; a special 30th anniversary screening of Steve Jodrell’s Shame; and a screening of Gillian Armstrong’s 1982 comedy musical Starstruck.
Keynote speakers include Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-winning former President of HBO Documentary Films Sheila Nevins; Academy Award-winning Fury Road cinematographer John Seale; Academy Award-winning producer Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam, Downsizing); and Simon Baker, with more to be announced. Among the learning experiences on offer, Gillian Armstrong will host a Masterclass in Directing, only one of the many panels, lectures and workshops on offer.
Thanks to Screen Australia, 13 Australian creatives will travel to New York City for the forum and will participate in an intensive and bespoke professional development program: Kacie Anning; Dave Carter and Nikos Andronicos; Natalie Erika James; Alice Englert; Julie Kalceff; Stephen McCallum; Catherine S. McMullen; Alexei Mizin and Ryan van Dijk; Billie Pleffer; Dylan River; and Miley Tunnecliffe.
“The Australian International Screen Forum offers a unique platform for the Australian industry to connect with the New York-based studios, distributors, agencies, producers and creatives. While smaller than Los Angeles, the New York film industry is diverse, from independent features to documentary, TV, digital and advertising and it remains heavily focused on uncovering new talent. This is our opportunity to shine a light on what the Australian screen sector has to offer,” said Chris Beale, Chairman of the Australian International Screen Forum.
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