Melbourne will be the home to two of Australia’s leading screen industry events for a further three years, strengthening Victoria’s position as the creative state.
The Andrews Labor Government, through Film Victoria, has secured the Screen Forever conference to remain in Melbourne until 2019, while the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) will call Melbourne home through to 2020.
Both events bring together leading industry practitioners from Australia and around the world and provide opportunities for local producers, filmmakers and industry personnel to connect and do business.
Screen Forever is one of the largest screen industry conferences in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a major annual forum for producers, writers, directors and financers who create screen content for the domestic and international market.
Screen Forever 2016 commences next week, running 15 to 17 November 2016.
AIDC is Australia's foremost event for documentary, specialist factual and unscripted content. AIDC 2017 will be held in March at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
This announcement comes on the back of a strong year for the local screen industry, which saw 67 projects supported through Film Victoria contributing $173 million in production expenditure and more than 8,000 jobs to the Victorian economy.
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Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“Victoria is a state that fosters talent and champions creativity, and strengthens opportunities for creative practitioners to build their business skills and networks.”
“Securing these two events demonstrates our national leadership and ensures that the local screen industry will have the opportunity to meet with, and learn from, the best, right in their own backyard.”
Quote attributable to Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi
“Film Victoria is delighted to continue its dynamic relationship with Screen Producers Australia and AIDC. The Screen Forever conference and AIDC are major events for our industry nationwide.”
“Having these events centred in Melbourne brings a strong focus to Victoria and the fantastic output of our screen businesses and talented practitioners.”