The screen industry as we know it is changing at a rapid pace. What’s relevant today is old news tomorrow. What’s innovative this month is redundant the next. How do we keep up? And more importantly, how do we stay ahead of the game?

The CinefestOZ Industry Program 2019 has been curated with these thoughts in mind, addressing and providing solutions to the challenges our screen industry is currently and likely to face in the future. Our local, national, and international guests will share their wealth of knowledge and expertise covering a variety of pertinent topics relevant to all sectors of the screen industry, regardless of experience.

Join us for three days of inspiring talks, exciting discussions, intense debates, fantastic networking opportunities, and much more. For a taste of what to expect, see below.

Special Guest: Glenn Gainor

President of Sony Innovation Studios and Head of Physical Production at Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group

Glenn Gainor oversees Innovation Studios, a state-of-the-art facility housed in a sound stage on the Sony Pictures Studios lot. Sony Innovation Studios features the latest virtual production technology for film, television, gaming and other platforms across Sony companies and the broader industry.

Gainor is also head of physical production for Screen Gems, a label under the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group umbrella which has been involved with several high-grossing movies such as The Intruder, The Perfect Guy, No Good Deed, Think Like a Man, Friends with Benefits, and Obsessed.

Gainor is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, and a contributing member of the Motion Picture & Television’s Funds Next Generation.

Keynote Address by Glenn Gainor: Embracing Technology as an Empowerment Tool
There are many ways filmmakers’ voices can be heard. Gainor will explore how filmmakers can have their stories heard by millions through the use of emerging technologies.
Funding provided by the United States Government

Industry Program Highlights

Director’s Chair

The Director’s Chair provides industry practitioners and festival audiences with the opportunity to meet and hear from one of Australia’s acclaimed feature film directors. ADG CEO Kingston Anderson will moderate the Q&A session with our guest of honour for this year, Rachel Ward.

SPA Breakfast Briefing

Join Melanie Horkan from Screen Producers Australia for an in conversation with our keynote speaker, Glenn Gainor. The discussion will cover a range of topics from the importance of sustainable storytelling, to what it takes to make a Hollywood studio movie compared to local market films.

New Platforms Panel

SVOD, OTT and emerging platforms are changing the media and entertainment landscape from how content is commissioned to production processes and distribution. In this session presented by Screenwest, hear from the decision makers from the new platforms about the current state of the industry, new trends and content commissioning.

“Moving Pictures: Filmmakers and the Art of Cinematography” Screening

A compilation of intimate, insightful conversations with some of the greatest filmmakers of our time, this unique, feature-length documentary explores the art of the moving image from celebrated cinematographers like Roger Deakins, Vittorio Storaro, Christopher Doyle, and more. This screening is presented by the Australian Cinematographers’ Society and ARRI Australia and will be followed by a networking lunch.

Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Presentation

Presented by Screenwest.
Māori and Pacific New Zealand filmmakers Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton from Brown Sugar Apple Grunt talk about their experience producing Waru, Vai, and the last film of the trilogy Kāinga. The dynamic team present on their unique production methodology processes developing and creating the portmanteau films and discuss the secret to their success.

Filming in WA Workshop

This workshop explores the results and future of the Western Australian Film Fund, combined with information about Screenwest’s film friendly program. The event will be presented and hosted by Screenwest Production Attraction and Services Co-ordinator Gabrielle Cole and Screenwest Head of Strategic Projects and Screen Investment Matthew Horrocks.

Planning Your Visit

The CinefestOZ Industry Program 2019 will be held in the City of Busselton, Western Australia. Interstate and international flights to Perth Airport operate on a daily basis. Busselton is a 3-hour drive from the airport which offers a great selection of hire car options.

The city of Busselton has a range of accommodation options which we strongly encourage you book in advance to avoid disappointment. 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