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Talent USA - One Intensive Program

This one day event was a series of practical industry and career development sessions run exclusively for the Talent USA group, supported by Screen Australia. The day was a collaborative session run by the Australian International Screen Forum in association with Independent Filmmaker Project.


The Amphitheater

10:00am - 11:00am:  Kate Dennis In Conversation with Laura Eason, screenwriter (HOUSE OF CARDS).

11:15pm - 12:30pm:  Masterclass with John Seale, presented by the Australian Cinematographers Society.  

1:30pm - 2:30pm:  Jennifer Fox: In Conversation with Kitty Green, director of CASTING JON BENET.

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm: ​ The Making of BREATH - A Case Study with Simon Baker (director and producer), Mark Johnson (producer) and Tom Williams (producer), moderated by Debra Richardson, CEO of Ausfilm.

4:00pm - 5:00pm:  Make it in Australia: Ausfilm Panel on Incentives

Francesca Beale Theater

2:00pm - 3:30pm:  U.S. Premiere of MOUNTAIN, directed by Jennifer Peedom and narrated by Willem Dafoe. Followed by a Q&A with Jennifer Peedom and Willem Dafoe, moderated by Raphaela Neihausen, Executive Director of DOC NYC.

4:00pm - 6:00pm:  30th Anniversary Screening of SHAME, directed by Steve Jodrell and starring Deborra-lee Furness. Presented by Umbrella Entertainment and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Followed by a Q&A with Deborra-lee Furness moderated by Jenny Cooney.

Indie Food and Wine

5:00pm - 6:00pm:  Ausfilm Industry Networking Reception

Francesca Beale Theater

Opening Night Film

6:30pm - 9:00pm:  New York Premiere of BREATH, directed by Simon Baker and starring Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki and Samson Coulter. Followed by a Q&A with Simon Baker, Mark Johnson and Tom Williams. moderated by Jenny Cooney.

Lincoln Ristorante

9:00pm-11:00pm:  Opening Night Reception. Sponsored by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. 



The Amphitheater 

10:00am - 11:00am:  I, TONYA Case Study. Discussion with NEON CEO Tom Quinn, moderated by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn.

11.15am - 12:05pm:   Australian Digital Showcase: the screening of the first two episodes of two Australian digital series, HIGH LIFE and KIKI AND KITTY, introduced by Rosie Lourde, Production Investment Manager, Screen Australia.

12:15pm -1:15pm:  Lunchtime Shorts: Victorian College of the Arts Student Short Films

1:30pm - 2:30pm:  Meet the NY Indies: Kirsten Tan, Kitty Green and Shruti Ganguly, moderated by Kent Jones, Director of the New York Film Festival

2:40 pm- 3:40 pm:  ​Sheila Nevins: In Conversation with Lesli Klainberg, Executive Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center

4:00pm - 5:00pm:  Digital Series Discussion with Amanda Naseem (Producer, VICE Media) and Troy Queen (Executive Producer, Treehouse Masters TV series) with Rosie Lourde. 

Francesca Beale Theater

2:30pm - 4:30pm:  Fully restored version of STARSTRUCK, directed by Gillian Armstrong. Print courtesy of the Australian National Film and Sound Archive. Followed by a Q&A with Gillian Armstrong, moderated by Debra Richardson, CEO of Ausfilm.

4:40pm - 6:30pm:  ALI'S WEDDING, directed by Jeffrey Walker

The Studio

5:00pm - 6:00pm:  Meet the Filmmakers: Talent USA Welcome Reception, presented by Screen Australia

Francesca Beale Theater

Wednesday Night Premiere Film 

6:45pm - 9:30pm:  New York Premiere of SWEET COUNTRY, directed by Warwick Thornton and starring Hamilton Morris, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Tom Wright and Matt Day. Followed by a Q&A with Warwick Thornton and Dylan River (cinematographer), moderated by Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia.

Lincoln Ristorante

9:30pm -11:30pm:  SWEET COUNTRY Reception


The Amphitheater 

9:30am - 11:45am:  Meet the Industry Leaders: TV Family Entertainment in Focus, including screening of three preview episodes of THE NEW LEGENDS OF MONKEY, produced by Rachel Gardner and Robin Scholes. Panel 9:30am - 10:30am. Screenings 10:40am - 11:55am 

12:00pm -1:00pm:  Lunchtime Shorts: Australian Film Television and Radio School films

1:30pm - 2:50pm:  Meet the Industry Leaders: TV Comedy in Focus, including a preview screening of RONNY CHIENG: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT 1 x 29 minutes, written by Ronny Chieng and Declan Fay, produced by Donna Andrews. Discussion with Donna Andrews, moderated by moderated by Evan Shapiro of EShapTV.

Screening 2:20pm - 2:50pm.

3:00pm - 4:00pm:  Virtual Reality storytellers discuss immersive technology as an opportunity for creators to tell their stories across new interactive platforms, with Vassiliki Khonsari (iNK Stories), Duncan Ransom, Founder and CEO of The Endless Collective, and Marli Scharlin, Creative Director at Eko. Moderated by John MacFarlane of POV Digital.

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm: ​ Closing Session. Women in Screen Discussion. The panel discussion will focus on the gender inequality in the entertainment industry and talk about the current state of things right now and what emerging practitioners need to do to help make a safer and more inclusive industry going forward. Topics covered include Time’s up and #metoo movement. Panelists include Gillian Armstrong, Anna Dokoza, Producer, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, LADY DYNAMITE, Jenny Halper, Director of Production and Development at Maven Pictures, and Simone Pero, President of New York Women in Film & Television and Producer of THE TALE. Discussion moderated by Sophie Tedmanson, Deputy Editor of Vogue Australia.

The Studio

5:30pm - 7:30pm:  Closing Day Australian/US Delegation Industry Wine Reception

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