The Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) represents the interests of Australian producers on all issues that affect the business and creative aspects of independent screen production. Our annual conference is held over three days and is the premiere business and networking event for film, television, and new media producers.
Do festivals represent the future of independent film distribution? Where are the opportunities? What are the risks? This panel will explore emergent models and speculate on ways independent producers (and distributors) may leverage a robust film festival circuit for commercial exploitation. With major festivals like Sundance, sxsw and Tribeca already in the game in varying ways, it seems this will be a developing trend. Will smaller regional festivals organize to create a theatrical circuit? Can a festival brand or screening translate into viable, direct revenues for the independent film sector? Is this what festivals should be doing? This panel explores one of the most compelling new developments in the business of film festivals.
Consuming content on all our screens - Saturday Extra - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
No longer is the remote control the only gadget we have in our hand as we watch television.
An increasing number of people are using a second screen simultaneously, either a smart phone, lap top or tablet computer, and advertisers and marketers as well as content producers are inventing new ways to take advantage of the television revolution.
Rohan Lund, CEO of Yahoo!7 and Yahoo! New Zealand
The Australian Broadcasting Summit (http://acevents.com.au/broadcasting2012/)
Panel from SXSW 2011.
“One Film, Five Charities and No Sleep” is another great title for this panel discussing Browncoats: Redemption, the independent film based in the world of Firefly/Serenity created by Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible). The mission of the project is two-fold: create a new film making model and raise over $500,000 for five charities supported by the cast and creator of the original TV and movie. There is a desire for many to make films and for others to do charitable works. The creative team of the film project Browncoats: Redemption have found a way to leverage a passionate and dedicated community to call for volunteers, build a community, promote a film, and raise tons of money for charity. Over the last two years 160+ volunteers, many with no film industry experience, have filled 200+ roles in different phases of the project. The thing that ties them all together is that they are fans of Firefly. They are Browncoats. The film’s creators will discuss the project along with how they leveraged online media distribution models and social media tools to build the community, recruit volunteers from all over the country to be a part of the production, and most important, grow the audience and momentum in preparation for the film’s release.