State of Play


A series a public forms about the present development and production finance issues in the Australian film industry.

[*] NOTE: While these panels are free and open to the public, priority will be given to MIFF 37South Market badge holders. For more details go to

Premiere Parade

Friday 22 July, 9am – 9.45am

A focus on selected MIFF Premiere Fund films having their world debut at this year’s MIFF, including AutoLuminescent: Rowland S. Howard, Falling for Sahara and The Triangle Wars.

Spare a dollar, join the crowd

Friday 22 July, 9.50am – 11am

From philanthropic to crowd funding - an examination of nuts, bolts, pitfalls and triumphs of film funding alternatives to the agencies.

Creative Enterprise: the early verdict

Saturday 23 July, 2.30pm – 3.20pm

Check-in for a preliminary diagnosis on what impact new federal slate/overhead funding schemes are having on company and creative development.

Sliding Doors: Audiences & Digital Windows

Saturday 23 July, 3.25pm – 4.30pm

How are digital initiatives such as FestivalScope, and MUBI changing the way films reach buyers and audiences alike? And do digital platforms represent a closing door on traditional revenue streams or a new window of opportunity?

Co-production – treasure or torment?

Saturday 23 July, 4.35pm – 5.45pm

Key producers and agencies discuss the highs and lows of recent international co-productions.

Special Address

Saturday 23 July, 5.50pm – 6.20pm

Speech by key decision maker

Crowning Glory: Recent Oz movie success stories

Sunday 24 July, 2.15pm – 3.25pm

What were the ingredients of some of the key Australian recent movie successes? Armed with a good script and well produced movie, what difference do awards and festival selections make to box office?

Low budgets, High Hopes

Sunday 24 July,3.30pm – 4.45pm

With several low budget production schemes in Australia/NZ, emulating Film London’s MicroWave, now up and running – do these schemes represent the ultimate career kick-start and how to evaluate recent outcomes and outputs?