The Australian International Screen Forum co-founders Chris Beale and Michael Kelleher have announced screen legends Deborra-lee Furness, Hugh Jackman, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin will serve as active Ambassadors for the 2019 Screen Forum.
The second annual Australian International Screen Forum will be held at the Francesca Beale Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City from March 19-22, 2019.
In the role of Ambassadors, the four award-winning filmmakers will guide the strategic development of the Screen Forum and will participate in the planning of the March 2019 event including customised industry strands for independent filmmakers.
“New York is a hotbed of emerging filmmakers, actors, and creators with a very independent spirit. It is the perfect fit for creatives from Australia, and the Australian International Screen Forum provides an unparalleled opportunity for engagement,” said Baz Luhrmann. “CM and I are thrilled to be working with Hugh and Deb in supporting the mission of Australian International Screen Forum as a connective tissue between emerging Australian storytellers and international opportunities.”
Screen Australia is funding a group of Australia’s new wave of screen creators who will travel to New York to participate.
In addition, decision makers from the major New York-based independent studios as well as other established local industry professionals are expected to attend to meet with the Australian delegation. The inaugural event in 2018 saw representatives from the major indie labels such as A24, Neon, Cinereach, Focus Features, Film Nation, NBC and Vice Media attend for talent and project-based activities.
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