Press release from Screen Australia

A high-level Australian film delegation, led by Screen Australia’s Chief Executive, Ruth Harley, will travel to Beijing to build relationships with Chinese screen industry representatives, for the second Australia-China Film Industry Forum, hosted by the Australian Embassy. The delegation includes prominent Australian film industry representatives, including Oscar®-winning producers Doug Mitchell (Happy Feet) and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech).

Dr Harley said, “The Australian Embassy in Beijing, through the Australia-China Film Industry Forum, is once again providing an ideal opportunity for Australian producers to establish and further build relationships with Chinese producers and production companies.”

The Australia-China Film Industry Forum coincides with the opening of the second Beijing International Film Festival. The 2012 event builds on the highly successful inaugural Australia-China Film Industry Forum in December 2010. The Forum is an invitation-only event held on Monday 23 April and will include panel sessions and presentations by high-profile Australian film industry experts and leading world-class producers and directors. It will also provide opportunities for industry networking.

“With two official Australian-Chinese co-productions released in 2011, and more Australian films being seen on Chinese screens, this Forum speaks to a bright future for the joint outcomes of our shared experience, skills and talents,” said Dr Harley.

2012 Australia-China Film Industry Forum speakers include:

Dr Ruth Harley, Chief Executive Officer, Screen Australia
Miao Xiaotian, Vice-President, Beijing Film Production Corporation, China Film Corporation Limited
Chris Oliver, Senior Manager, State and Industry Partnerships, Screen Australia
Alaric McAusland, Chairman/Managing Director, Ausfilm/Deluxe Australia
Geoff Brown, Executive Director, Screen Producers Association of Australia
Ellen Eliasoph, President and Chief Executive Officer, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia
Mario Andreacchio, Chairman/Executive Director, Australia-China Screen Alliance/AMPCO Films (Producer of the first official Australia-China film co-production The Dragon Pearl)
Mathew Alderson, Partner, Asia Pacific, Harris & Moure Attorneys

Australian delegation

Delegation leader: Dr Ruth Harley, Chief Executive Officer, Screen Australia

Chris Oliver, Senior Manager, State and Industry Partnerships, Screen Australia
Alaric McAusland, Chairman of Ausfilm, Managing Director of Deluxe Australia, SPAA TVC, Services & Facilities Councillor
Debra Richards, Chief Executive Officer, Ausfilm
Defrim Isai, Director, Production Investment, ScreenWest
Geoff Brown, Executive Director, Screen Producers Association of Australia

Companies in alphabetical order:

Mario Andreacchio, Executive Director and Producer, AMPCO Films
Gary Hamilton, Founder and Executive Producer, Arclight Films – Lord of War, Strictly Ballroom, Two Hands
Michael Tear, Managing Director, Bearcage Films
Paul Sullivan, Producer, Benchmark Films
Jane Cameron, Director, Cameron Creswell Agency
Carmelo Musca, Producer, CM Film Productions
Pauline Chan, Producer and Director, Darkroom Films
Chris Hilton, Executive Producer and CEO, Essential Media and Entertainment
Deidre Kitcher, Managing Director, Filmscope Entertainment
Rosemary Blight, Producer, Goalpost Pictures Australia – Clubland, The Eternity Man, The Tree
Doug Mitchell, Producer, Kennedy Miller Mitchell – Happy Feet (Oscar® winner), Babe (Oscar® winner), Happy Feet Two
Lynda Woods, Producer, NJM Worldwide
Ian Hart, Principal, Peace Mountain Productions
Pamela Wilson Endrina, Principal, Red Tiger Productions
Emile Sherman, Founder, Producer, See-Saw Films – The King’s Speech (Oscar® winner), Rabbit-Proof Fence
John Dietz, Principal, VisPop
Alan Lindsay, Managing Director, Vue Group
Lesley Hammond, Principal, Wild Candy