Australians flying North to shoot

20 February, 2014 by Jessica Shields

Many Australian content creators endeavour to work on a project, either entirely or in part, in the United States. However, accessing the right information about the logistics of shooting films in the U.S. can sometimes prove difficult.

This year’s IPW Chicago will see the launch of the brand new Broadcast and Media Production Programme, giving screen industry members from the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada the chance to find out more about the process.


Created through the partnership between the U.S. Travel Association and Brand USA, the official tourism marketing organisation for the United States of America, the new program will see attendees having access to face-to-face appointments with U.S. destinations and travel organisations, including airlines, hotels and attractions, and taking part in networking events.

Joe Ponte, Strategy Director for Brand USA in Australia and New Zealand, describes the Program as a kind of one-stop-shop for networking and building professional contacts.

“What would normally take multiple international trips, with the one trip you’ll get to meet, connect with, and have one on one appointments with decision makers from all of the major tourism bodies who can really assist with background support and as well financially in the production of television shows in the USA,” Ponte told IF.

Often, when Australian filmmakers head to American shores to shoot, the biggest difficulty they’re faced with is the significant difference in licensing and regulations from state to state and even city to city. This is where the Broadcast and Media Production Programme at IPW Chicago can help.

“There are certainly different laws and legislations in every state that you come across so as long as you know what you’re doing and you’ve made these right connections, it can be really rewarding and it can be a breeze,” Ponte said. “Obviously, if you haven’t done that homework then it can be a bit of a challenge knowing where to start so that’s really what this event is all about.”

Taking place from the 5th to the 9th of April this year, the travel industry’s premier international marketplace will play host to over 1,000 U.S. travel organisations from every region of the country and more than 1,200 buyers from more than 70 different countries.

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This article was sponsored by Brand USA.