Partner With Australia 2017

Ausfilm's 9th annual Partner with Australia program took place from 26 - 28 June 2017 in Los Angeles USA. 

Ausfilm markets Australia screen production incentives and overall capabilities of Australia’s screen industry to the global market. In addition to this Ausfilm works with Australian creative talent in Los Angeles to facilitate partnerships and connections for them with US development and studio executives with the aim to generate a positive economic impact to the wider Australian film and television industry.  Ausfilm’s Partner with Australia program also aims to connect Australian screen businesses (Ausfilm Members) to US screen executives, independent filmmakers, mini-major execs and Australian creative talent based in Los Angeles.

The 2017 Partner with Australia program consisted of several targeted events this year including:

  • Bring Them Back To Australia which saw successful Australian producers, writers and directors currently living and working in Los Angeles gather to discuss the opportunities to bring their future projects back to Australian soil;
  • A dinner co-hosted by the Australian Consul General with high-level Australian creatives, U.S. studio and network executives;
  • Australia in Focus Panel Seminar where U.S. executives and leading Australian creatives discussed their experiences, and the benefits of, making their projects in Australia; and
  • Australia in Focus Networking event following the panel seminar with over 120 screen industry executives and filmmakers including representatives from the Australian Federal and State Governments: Screen Australia, Create NSW, Screen Queensland, Film Victoria and the South Australian Film Corporation.

Key U.S. executives and creatives who participated in the Partner with Australia Australia in Focus panels include executive vice president of feature production at Twentieth Century Fox, Fred Baron (Alien: Covenant, The Martian, Independence Day, Moulin Rouge!); senior vice president, West Coast production at HBO, Jay Roewe and HBO producer Eugene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire, The Leftovers, Westworld S2); Olive Bridge Entertainment head of film, Jodi Hildebrand (currently producing Sony’s live-action/animation hybrid family film, Peter Rabbit, shot in Australia); and head of feature development at Gran Via Productions, Tom Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, upcoming Breath and Logan Lucky).

The U.S. contingent was joined on the panels by Australian executives and creatives, including writer/director Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Australia, Tomorrow When the War Began); producer Bruna Papandrea (Wild, Gone Girl, Big Little Lies, upcoming The Nightingale); writer Shaun Grant (Snowtown, Berlin Syndrome, Jasper Jones); producer Jamie Hilton (The Little Death, Sleeping Beauty, upcoming Breath); Animal Logic senior vice president production Jonathan Hludzinski (upcoming Peter Rabbit and Astro Boy); and Screen Australia CEO, Graeme Mason.

Partner with Australia in the Media
Sun Herald
Inside Film
Sky News online
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26 - 28 June 2017


Los Angeles, USA