AACTA ramps up events program
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts will stage screenings of Strangerland, Glitch, Ruben Guthrie and Last Cab to Darwin in the next two months as it ramps up its events program for members.
More than 50 events are scheduled between now and December at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction and Melbourne’s Cinema Nova.
That’s in addition to Meet the Makers – Nominees sessions to be presented with industry guilds in Sydney in the lead-up to fifth AACTA Awards.
In other news, Margaret Pomeranz and former NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts George Souris have been appointed to the AFI | AACTA board, joining lawyer Tony Petani, who was elected by members.
They replace Mike Baard, Ian Sutherland, Alaric McAusland, Russel Howcroft and Geoff Brown, whose terms expired. AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella tells IF there are two board vacancies for which invitations have been issued.
Pomeranz said: “I think my passion for cinema generally and especially Australian films has been enhanced over the years by the AFI. The opportunity to see all the films in production in this country over a year, the opportunity to discuss our cinema has been an important element for many of us who have watched with gratification the enormous talent that this country produces, year after year.”
Among the events held this year, Andrew Knight, this year’s recipient of the Longford Lyell Award, delivered the inaugural screenwriting masterclass, and Deadline Gallipoli and the Redfern Now telemovie were shown as part of the Premiere Television Showcase stream.
Trewhella said, “Already this year our new programming has attracted more than 3,000 members to screenings and events in Sydney and Melbourne, held with 28 filmmakers and practitioners taking part in our Q&As. The public in particular is embracing the opportunity to see Australian productions and hear firsthand from the industry at our events.”
Upcoming events include:
STRANGERLAND | MELBOURNE | TUES 30 JUN | WITH DIRECTOR KIM FARRANT
GLITCH | SYDNEY | MON 6 JUL | WITH EMMA FREEMAN (DIRECTOR) & LOUISE FOX (WRITER)
GLITCH | MELBOURNE | TUES 7 JUL | WITH EWAN BURNETT (PRODUCER) & HANNAH MONSON (ACTRESS)
RUBEN GUTHRIE | SYDNEY & MELBOURNE | JULY 13 & 14
OSCAR SHORTS | SYDNEY & MELBOURNE | JULY 20 & 21 | MELBOURNE HOST ADAM ELLIOT
LAST CAB TO DARWIN | SYDNEY & MELBOURNE | AUGUST )
THE KID STAKES |PARTIAL RESTORATION | SYDNEY | AUGUST
STALK HER | SYDNEY & MELBOURNE | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
THE DAUGHTER | SYDNEY & MELBOURNE | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
AACTA AWARD SCREENINGS PROGRAM | SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER