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West Writers Forum 2018: Day Three


Behind the Screens

Curated by journalist and filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe in response to the underrepresentation of diverse voices in the Australian screen industry, this event series aims to create tangible access to pathways and opportunities for emerging filmmakers in Melbourne’s West through a special day of workshops, activities and networking.

Registrations for Behind the Screens will be managed through an expression of interest process to ensure diverse representation in the workshops. Please complete the form by clicking on the link below and someone will be in touch. Expressions of Interest close Friday 20 July. Limited spots available.

Click here to complete the Expression of Interest.

WHEN: Sunday 29 July, 10am – 5pm
COST: Free

*Please note: registration preference will be given to people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds, people with perceived disability, 

See the full West Writers Forum 2018 program here. 

Day Three Program: 

Developing a Project with Sally Caplan
Sally Caplan
has over 25 years of international experience in the screen production industry. She is a highly respected and seasoned senior executive whose roles have covered all aspects of financing, development, acquisition, production and distribution. In her session, Sally will be discussing avenues for film project funding and how to develop your project.

WHEN: Sunday 29 July, 10am
VENUE: Basement Theatre

Screenwriting with Benjamin Law
Renowned for his award-winning hit SBS TV show The Family Law and as a regular contributor to publications Frankie, Guardian Australia and The Monthly, critically acclaimed writer Benjamin Law talks about pathways to the small screen through his journey from journalism into script writing.

WHEN: Sunday 29 July, 11am
VENUE: Basement Theatre

Presented by Film Victoria
As the screen industry landscape in Victoria evolves, learn about upcoming opportunities for formal mentorship for emerging filmmakers.

WHEN: Sunday 29 July, 12pm
VENUE: Basement Theatre

Broadcasting & Producing with Susie Jones
Previously a development executive at Matchbox Pictures and currently SBS’s commissioning editor of non-scripted content, Susie Jones brings with her a strong track record in factual content production. Learn about how to develop and pitch your project to a broadcaster.

WHEN: Sunday 29 July, 2pm
VENUE: Basement Theatre

Directing with Nick McInerney
Currently Series Director at Matchbox Pictures, with credits including reality series Date My Race and documentary piece Apex Gang: Behind the Headlines, learn from Nick McInerney on how to develop your project from behind the lens.

WHEN: Sunday 29 July, 3pm
Basement Theatre

Making Movies with Robert Connolly
Robert Connolly is one of Australia’s most acclaimed filmmaker, having written and directed feature films such as Balibo, Underground: The Julian Assange Story and Paper Planes. He founded Arenamedia, an Australian screen and multi-platform production company, which has been responsible for some of the best dramas on Australian television and the big screen including Barracuda, The Warriors, Paper Planes and Spear.

WHEN: Sunday 29 July, 4pm
Basement Theatre

Behind the Screens is presented in partnership with Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Griot Productions.

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1 – Image of Santilla Chingaipe. Artwork by Hedsbent.

Date & Times

Start: Sunday, 29 July 2018 12:00 am

End: Sunday, 29 July 2018 7:00 am


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