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CinefestOZ with support from the South West Development Commission, is proud to be presenting the 2021 Industry Program.

Once again this year, the Industry Program will reach a global audience with the addition of an online component and will address contemporary issues in the Australian film industry.Industry sessions will be held at the Esplanade Hotel, situated 50m from the iconic Busselton Jetty and stunning foreshore, making it the perfect central hub location during the festival. So join us – in person or online – for two days of inspiring talks, exciting discussions, intense debates, fantastic networking opportunities, and much more.

An Industry Cinepass allows filmmakers to attend an incredible array of Industry panels and workshops either In Person or Live Streaming.

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Thursday August 26

DOORS OPEN 9am with complimentary tea and coffee station (barista coffee available for purchase)


Official welcome & acknowledgement

Malinda Nixon CEO CinefestOZ

10:00AM – 10:50AM

American Film Showcase presents Showrunner Alan Poul, 2021 Industry Guest Speaker.

Alan Poul has had a distinguished career as a director and producer of both features and television. His swag of prestigious accolades includes an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Producers Guild Awards, four GLAAD Awards and three Peabody Awards. Some of his best-known television producing and directing credits include Netflix’s The Eddy and Tales of the City, BBC’s MotherFatherSon, HBO’s Westworld, The Newsroom and Six Feet Under, CBS’s Swingtown, and ABC’s iconic teen drama series My So-Called Life.

In 2003, Poul was nominated for both a directing Emmy and a Directors Guild Award for the Six Feet Under episode, ‘Nobody Sleeps’. He has also directed episodes of HBO’s Rome and Big Love, Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, and the pilots for the TNT series Perception.

After his first directing debut in 2011 with The Back-up Plan, starring Jennifer Lopez, majority of Poul’s TV work has been in close collaboration with author Armistead Maupin. Poul produced and directed Maupin’s 2019 continuation of the beloved Tales of the City series for Netflix, as well as the original three instalments, each of which was nominated for an Emmy, titled Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, and Further Tales of the City.

Poul’s company Boku Films is based at Endeavor Content where he is currently executive producing the upcoming HBO Max series Tokyo Vice, which reunites him with Japan where he began his film career as associate producer on Ridley Scott’s Black Rain and Paul Schrader’s Mishima.

Host: Screenwest Drama Development Manager Barbara Connell.

Supported by: U.S. Consulate General Perth & the American Film Showcase

11:00AM – 11:15AM

Welcome & update from Screen Producers Australia Chief Executive Officer Matthew Deaner (via live Zoom)

11:15AM – 12:00PM

The New World of Film Distribution

Film distribution is changing rapidly amid COVID-19 with recent announcements of major distribution plans tied to streaming, film release dates tentative and cinemas in tricky positions.

While many films have navigated constant changes with theatrical releases, there is no shortage of great Australian films. On the back of an interesting 2020, films including The Dry (#15), The Invisible Man (#38), Penguin Bloom (#58) and Rams (#78) rose to the top of the100 all-time Aussie films.

With the constantly changing landscape Film Distribution businesses are adapting to new strategies to adapt to the many different options on how to release content.

What is the future for theatrical release? And what is the role of festivals now and in the future?

Host: Mills Oakley lawyer and Indian Pacific Pictures Chief Executive Officer Ian Booth.

Guests: Village Roadshow, Madman & Umbrella

12.00PM – 12:50PM

The shift from traditional producing

Producers are dealing with the seismic shift that will forever change the way film and television is produced, funded and consumed. Much of this change is due to release strategies and how content is produced.

Our panel guests Francesca Hope (100% Wolf) and Nick Batzias (Nitram) via Zoom to discuss the impact of these changes with the release of their films. Screenwest will also join the panel to discuss the impacts they are seeing with the types of films distributors want and the impact on the types of films writers are now developing.

Host: Mills Oakley lawyer and Indian Pacific Pictures Chief Executive Officer Ian Booth.

Guests: Francesca Hope, Nick Batzias (via Zoom)

1:15PM – 1.45PM

Industry Lunch Break ZOOM Networking Session: online Industry pass holders

2.00PM – 2:50PM

No Stories about us, without us!

Join the panel to discuss ensuring people with lived experience of disability are the ones telling their authentic stories, portraying characters with those disabilities depicted on screen and included behind the camera in the capacities they’re passionate about.

Host: Screenwest Diversity and Inclusion Manager Dr. Jonathan Messer

Guests: Bus Stop Films CEO Tracey Corbin-Machett, Sparkles writer and actress Tina Fielding, with Assistant Director and CinefestOZ Film Manager Chanel Bowen.

Sparkles will be screened at CinefestOZ. More information is available on the website.

Supported by: South West Development Commission, Bus Stop Films & Carers WA

3.00PM – 3:50PM

The Role of Film in Tourism

It’s a big world out there with WA emerging as a major player. Join special guest Ian Brodie – an award-winning photographer, internationally successful author, and film tourism expert known for The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook and his work on Hobbiton Movie Set Tours.

Our expert panel will discuss an overview of film tourism worldwide, and how to work in production in a symbiotic way.

Guests: Ian Brodie, Jamie Hilton, Viv Smith (Via Zoom: Sydney), Gabrielle Cole: Production Attraction & Services Manager, Mollie Hill
Executive Director Brand & Marketing Tourism WA (via live Zoom)

Supported by: South West Development Commission

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Industry Networking – supported by CinefestOZ

Join us at the lounge to catch up with friends and colleagues over a glass of wine and nibbles at the bar.

This event is exclusively for Industry Cinepass holders.


Friday August 27

9:30AM – 10:20AM

The Evolution of Physical Production

Head of Physical Production, Amazon Original Movies, Amazon Studios. Glenn Gainor is set to join us from his home in Los Angeles via live Zoom.

Before joining Amazon Studios, Gainor was Head of Physical Production for Screen Gems, a label under the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group umbrella, for 14 years and has been a catalyst to several #1 movies such as The Perfect Guy, No Good Deed, Think Like a Man, Friends with Benefits, and Obsessed.

Since joining Screen Gems in 2007, Gainor has overseen the label’s physical production and has served as an executive producer and unit production manager on films such as 2015’s The Wedding Ringer, which was America’s number one comedy for three weeks.  Before joining Screen Gems, Gainor had much success producing three pictures for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison: Strange Wilderness, Grandma’s Boy and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. He executive-produced Nicolas Cage’s directorial debut, Sonny, and served as line producer on the critically acclaimed Panic, directed by Henry Bromell. Gainor also co-produced George Hickenlooper’s The Man from Elysian Fields, as well as the top selling Sundance picture, Happy Texas.

Join Glenn to discuss the evolution of physical production.

Host: Chris Veerhuis from Veerhuis Pictures

Guests: Glenn Gainor, Head of Physical Production, Amazon Original Movies, Amazon Studios. (via Live Zoom, LA)


10:30AM – 11:20AM

Creative Licensing in Music Documentaries

Join host Noah Shilkin and producer Cody Greenwood, Under the Volcano (2021) as Cody unveil’s music licensing mysteries of producing and crafting the music documentary.

Music licensing can seem like a complicated process, so this session aims to unveil some of its mysteries, along with empowering creators with the confidence to use commercial music in their projects

Host: Noah Shilkin, Director: Lolly Box Music

Guests: Cody Greenwood, Producer at Rush Films

Under the Volcano plays at CinefestOZ. See cinefestoz.com for screening information.


11:30AM – 12:30PM

WIFT WA: Feature Film panel ‘How To Please A Woman’

Women in Film and Television WA invites you to hear directly from the incredible women behind How To Please A Woman, the debut feature by West Australian director Renee WebsterProducers Judi Levine and Tania Chambers, along with Renee and a few members of the cast, will share their insights into making this feature film, currently in post-production, right here in WA and discuss what the film means for their careers as filmmakers and actors.

Moderator: Ali Roberts, WIFT Western Australia

Guests: Judi Levine: Producer, Tania Chambers: Producer, Renee Webster: Director

12:45PM – 1.15PM

Industry Lunch Break ZOOM Networking Session: online Industry pass holders

1:30PM – 2:20PM

Our Voices on Screen #2

Following the success of the 2020 Indigenous panel discussion, CinefestOZ leading voices Jodie Bell and Jub Clerc will join Screenwest’s Indigenous manager Devina McPherson and Karla Hart to discuss the importance of indigenous creatives taking the helm to ‘tell our stories, our way’.

Host: CinefestOZ Indigenous Film Manager Jodie Bell.

Guests:  Karla Hart: Producer, Devina McPherson: Indigenous Manager at Screenwest, Kyas Hepworth – Head of Commissioning and Programming for NITV

2:30PM – 3:20PM

Directors Spotlight: Nadia Tass

Nadia Tass is one of Australia’s most respected and unique filmmakers. Known for directing Australian classic films Malcolm and The Big Steal, Tass’s other feature works include Rikky and Pete, Mr Reliable, Amy and Matching Jack.

Tass was the recipient of the 2014 Screen Leader Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Screen Industry and was received twenty-three Australian Film Institute (AFI) nominations, while garnering eight wins including Best Film and Best Director.

Tass has also directed films and high-end television in the US for Universal Studios, Disney, Warner Bros, ABC and CBS.

Host: Judi Levine, Producer

Guest: Nadia Tass (via Live Zoom)

Oleg: The Oleg Vidov Story (2020) plays at CinefestOZ. See cinefestoz for screening information.

3:30PM – 5:00PM Industry Advisory Group Address at CinefestOZ The Industry Advisory Group (IAG) is pleased to invite members of the Western Australian Screen Industry to a broad industry based conversation.

5:00PM- onwards

Industry Networking – supported by CinefestOZ

Join us at the lounge to catch up with friends and colleagues over a glass of wine and nibbles at the bar.

This event is exclusively for Industry Cinepass holders.

INDUSTRY WORKSHOP: Inclusion in Action

Wednesday August 25

9:00AM & 12:00pm: Dolphin Discover Centre

Inclusion in Action is a unique training workshop for film practitioners with and without lived experience of disability, including production companies, policy makers, producers and industry services. It will focus on providing these individuals with a better understanding of the rights and capacity of people living with disability and will highlight how companies can open pathways to employment and improve the engagement of people living with disability within organisations and productions on both sides of the camera. This session is underpinned by the principles of inclusive filmmaking and will be facilitated by Bus Stop Films chief executive officer Tracey Corbin-Machett and Paul Nunnari to explore inclusive practices in the film industry.Supported by Carers WA

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Planning Your Visit

Start planning and book your accommodation now, so you don’t miss out on the best film event all year!The City of Busselton has a range of accommodation options which we strongly encourage you book in advance. Our Industry Program Partners are Private Properties, where you can find a range of homes to stay during your visit to the festival, or when filming on location in the South West. Find your perfect property down south at www.privateproperties.com.au.