Curious about how the screen agencies work and how they help screen creators?
Grab your lunch, sit on the grass, plug in your phones, and have a chat with the agencies!
Thursday 3rd December, from 12:00-1:30pm, online chat
While all are welcome, this event is targeted at those who identify from cultural communities under-represented on Australian screens.
It's your opportunity to ask any questions about the industry that you like, but to get the most from the session, we recommend taking a look at the agencies' web sites (just click the links above). This can be a good way to ask questions in response to some of the information that's already available online.
Guest's biographies are below.
The session is free to attend and won't be recorded. Please sign up at Eventbrite using the form below. If you have issues registering please email us.
Development and Investment Manager, Indigenous Department - Screen Australia
Laurrie Brannigan-Onato is an emerging Asian-First Nation producer who was born and raised in Sydney’s Greater West suburbs and has been immersed in the visual arts sector from as young as four years old. With a Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Media, Arts and Production (2013) from the University of Technology Sydney, as well as, an Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting from AFTRS (2017), Laurrie now works at Screen Australia as a Development and Investment Manager within the Indigenous Department, managing a range of projects and programs.
Laurrie also has developed and produced their own content, hoping to tell diverse and difficult stories in entertaining and accessible ways. Laurrie’s independent shorts have screened both locally and internationally, at a variety of film festivals including, but not limited to Flickerfest, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Melbourne Underground Film Festival and the Byron Bay International Film Festival.
Laurrie’s claim to fame is having won the North Sydney Art Prize in the adults division at age four in 1996. Laurrie worries they may have peaked too soon...
Senior Investment Manager, Screen Australia - Online
Lee Naimo is a professional writer, actor, comedian and government employee. As one-third of the musical comedy troupe, The Axis of Awesome,he has toured the world and written songs and sketches that have achieved hundreds of millions of views online. Over their ten year history, the Axis of Awesome built an army of fans worldwide, in part due to their hugely popular Four Chords song, which itself has over 100 million hits on YouTube.
Lee is an accomplished solo performer and writer, having recently been the head writer on Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia as well as writing several solo sketch shows that have toured Australia. He is also the co-creator and Creative Producer of Insert Coin, an online sketch comedy series about video games with over 2 million views. Since 2018 he has worked for Screen Australia as an Online Investment Manager, where he has supported hugely successful online content such as Sarah’s Channel, Content, Superwog, Over and Out, Glennridge Secondary College, At Home Alone Together and many more. He is also responsible for setting up initiatives such as Pitcher Perfect with VidCon, Digital Originals with SBS and Snapchat + Screen Australia, which is the first-ever Australian partnership with mobile platform Snapchat.
This Beginners Guide has lots of good info.
Skills & Talent Coordinator., Film Victoria
Chris is Skills and Talent Coordinator at Film Victoria managing the Key Talent Register and Professional Attachments programs. Chris worked for a number of years at Open Channel and spent 13 years working in a variety of roles at The Australia Network, The ABC’s International televisions service. These roles included segment producer as well as Series Producer on a half hour Arts program. Chris also spent three years woking as The Australia Networks Manager of On Air Promotions. Before his time at the ABC Chris worked as a Project Officer at the South Australian Film Corporation.
A Cinespace Inc. initiative kindly supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria.
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