MIFF 37ºSouth: Bridging the Gap is the core product of MIFF 37ºSouth Market, a screen content financing market for producers with pitch-ready developed script-stage projects staged in the opening days of MIFF. It comprises: scheduled one-to-one meetings for producers with market-ready projects discuss their slates and deepen their relationships with 37ºSouth Market’s invited local and international screen financiers; and networking events mixing registered producers, financiers, government, distributors and sales agents to meet informally and talk about the business of film and TV.

MIFF 37ºSouth Market also comprises:

Screenings for invited international and local buyers of selected new Australia/NZ films seeking world sales agents and/or local distribution (plus follow-up meetings with buyers for the producers of these films at 37ºSouth: Bridging the Gap).

37ºSouth’s Books at MIFF (BaM) promotes links and business between publishers, literary agents, screen financiers and producers to foster book-to-screen adaptations via a case-study panel discussion on a recent adaptation; public pitching by publishers / literary agents of up to 10 books they want to see made into screen adaptations; scheduled one-to-one meetings for publishers/ agents with screen producers & financiers; and networking events.

For a better understanding of BaM, read this press report on the event.

PostScript & Direct (PS&D) enables selected Australia/NZ directors/writers/creatives to meet with, and pitch to, selected 37ºSouth registered Australian/NZ producers and interest them in their work and skills via a series of curated one-to-one meetings and networking events.

Fostering screen adaptations from a wide pool of Intellectual Property (IP) sources, 37ºSouth’s Nexus enables Australia/NZ IP rights holders (such as podcasts, stage-plays, games, news articles, comics, musicals) to pitch their creative assets to producers for film/TV adaptations via a bespoke diary of meetings and networking events.

For more information about Nexus, see this information sheet.

MIFF 37ºSouth: Link-Up fosters connections and business opportunities between the Market’s registered producers and 37ºSouth’s partner organisations (including Government screen agencies, screen service companies and more!) via bespoke diaries of one-to-one meetings and networking events.

MIFF 37ºSouth: Team-Up enables business connections and creative collaborations between independent producers and larger production partners with access to finance to facilitate film and TV co-productions.

A collaboration of 37ºSouth: Bridging the Gap, which is focused on producers with ‘market-ready’ projects, and Accelerator Lab, which is MIFF’s skills and craft development workshops for new Australia/NZ short film directing talent, this initiative ensures the short films of Australia’s hottest directing talent of tomorrow are viewed by key financiers and producers. This initiative also includes partnerships with key film agencies to ensure selection of new directors and producers into MIFF industry programs.

Moderated by leading professionals, 37ºSouth Market’s financing guests and producers discuss the pressing screen funding issues of the day.

MIFF 37°South Market & Accelerator Lab – Ticketed Events

As well as operating MIFF 37°South Market, Australia’s only screen co-financing market at a film festival, MIFF’s industry unit also runs Accelerator Lab, Australia’s only screen director development program at a film festival, which prepares the hottest short filmmaking talent for a career in feature filmmaking, and the MIFF Premiere Fund, which co-finances new local films with ‘Stories That Need Telling‘ which will premiere at MIFF.

In addition to the opportunities it offers to screen industry professionals via its selective events, 37°South Market & Accelerator Lab often stage exclusive-to-Melbourne ticketed events open to the general public and industry practitioners alike. Full details will be available in due course on the ticketed events page of this website.