The Gold Coast is continuing to cement itself as the city for film and TV, with another major event heading our way.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed in State Parliament this morning that the Gold Coast has poached the nation’s peak film conference, Screen Forever, from Victoria.
“I am absolutely delighted to announce that Australia’s leading event for screen industry professionals will return to the Gold Coast in November next year, with the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast securing a deal to host the conference for the next three years,” the Premier said.
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“After eight years in Melbourne, I’m delighted to welcome SCREEN FOREVER back to the warm embrace of the Sunshine State,” the Premier said.
Dubbed Australia’s premier event for screen industry professionals, the convention will see an array of leading film and television producers descend on the glitter strip.
“With more than 850 Australian and international screen practitioners expected to attend over three days, this industry marketplace event provides a unique opportunity to showcase our State’s world-class capability and build on our reputation as a global hub for screen production.”” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“My Government is proud to support the screen industry because it creates jobs, boosts tourism and promotes our international reputation.”
The Premier said Queensland has become a fertile ground for movies, tv shows and streaming productions, from big budget blockbusters to world famous family friendly cartoons.
“To keep the momentum going its important not only that we provide the settings for the industry that blossoms, but support for people who make a living from screen productions.”
The conference was previously hosted on the Gold Coast between 2004 to 2008 and Mayor Tom Tate says it’s a natural fit for the region.
“We’re very excited to attract this important event for the Australian film and television industry back to the Gold Coast,” Mayor Tate said.
“The Gold Coast’s film industry is thriving and we know events like this are where the deals get done. Having the big hitters in our city, seeing everything we have to offer as a film and television destination is invaluable.”
The conference is only one of a year-round program of screen events set for 2020, with the Gold Coast Film Festival in April, the TV Week Logie Awards in late June and Screen Forever in November.