The Gold Coast is set to play host to a major film and television conference early next year.
Screen Producers Australia has confirmed SCREEN FOREVER, Australia’s flagship screen industry conference and content market, will take place at The Star in February.
The event gives producers a chance to pitch their projects to national and international big-hitters in the film industry.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the event could help provide a major boost for the screen industry in Queensland.
“I am delighted Australia’s preeminent screen industry conference, with its new interactive digital platform, is set to take place in the most screen-friendly city and state in the nation.
“The Queensland Government is proud to sponsor this important networking opportunity for screen professionals at such a critical time for them and for their industry as a whole, as it eagerly takes a lead role in Australia’s economic recovery by generating jobs, vital revenue and more local content for the world to enjoy,” she said.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said it was a huge coup for the city.
“Our film industry is thriving and why wouldn’t it be? We have great infrastructure, a globally respected creative and technical sector, and we remain one of the safest places in the world right now,” Cr Tate said.
Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich reiterated
“In the current landscape, the continuation of significant international markets like SCREEN FOREVER is excellent news for our local screen sector, which has shown enormous resilience during this challenging period. We are fortunate to have an industry conference of this calibre on our doorstep and very proud to partner with SPA,” Ms Munnich said.
For the first time, the event will be complemented by an interactive digital platform, presenting the opportunity for screen professionals from around the world to gather online to network, learn and do business on a greater scale than ever before.
“SCREEN FOREVER is an unmissable opportunity for the creative workers behind Aussie films, TV shows and immersive media content to secure deals which will generate millions in revenue for the Australian economy,” Screen Producers Australia CEO Matthew Deaner said.
“We are excited to offer this digital companion to our event to connect with our colleagues displaced by the pandemic and expand the pool of content hungry buyers and sellers to unprecedented levels.”