Victoria Minister for Innovation Services and Small Business Louise Asher
Screen Producers Association Conference Returns To Victoria
Victor P Taffa
Representatives from various segments of the Australian and international screen landscape will converge in Melbourne this week for the annual Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) Conference, Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher announced today.
The Victorian Coalition Government announced earlier this year that the SPAA Conference had been secured for Melbourne from 2012-14, with an option to extend for a further two years.
“The conference is the largest annual business and networking event for film, television and the digital media industry in the Southern Hemisphere, and securing this event for Victoria brings strategic benefits to our local screen industry as well as supporting the broader economy.” Ms. Asher said.
“Around 700 Australian and international industry practitioners involved in all aspects of producing, creating, distributing and financing screen content will participate in discussion panels, markets, pitch and networking opportunities.”
The conference will feature a number of international headline speakers including; Director Gillian Armstrong, AM, Helen Jackson, Managing Director of Content & Production for BBC Worldwide; and Stephen Garrett, Chairman of Kudos Film & Television and Executive Chairman of Shine Pictures regarded as one of the United Kingdom’s most influential drama producers.
“Securing the SPAA Conference strengthens Melbourne’s reputation as a creative, innovative, centre for film and television.” Ms. Asher said.
Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi welcomed the SPAA conference back to Victoria.
“It’s been almost ten years since the SPAA Conference was held here, and we are thrilled to have the premier business event for the screen industry return to Melbourne.” Ms. Tosi said.
“SPAA 2012 will provide a great opportunity for Victorian practitioners to pitch and progress their projects in the company of local, interstate and international screen production decision-makers; and discuss the challenges affecting the screen industry.”
“The mix of sessions on business, creative and production issues, plus key events such as SPAAMart; Ready Steady Pitch; the SPAA Independent Producer Awards and for the first time this year game:spaa:match, in which games developers get to meet producers, makes for an outstanding program.”
The SPAA Conference is managed by the Screen Producers Association of Australia and is being held 13 -15 November 2012.