Who runs the Screen Makers Conference?

The Screen Makers Conference is a key project of Adelaide’s Media Resource Centre to accelerate the careers of emerging and regional screen content makers.

At Screen Makers Conference, creators of television, film, documentary and web series learn best practices and latest trends, share ideas, connect with industry, and pitch to the national marketplace.


How do I register?

2020 Screen Makers conference will be held on 31 July & 1 August 2020. Registrations will open in April 2020.

How much does Screen Makers cost?


Discount registration is available to MRC members. MRC membership is $60 and $45 concession. To Join MRC membership go here


How many projects can I pitch?

Full Screen Makers Program conference pass holders are eligible to submit up to 3 projects to our one-on-one pitching sessions.

Full Screen Makers Program conference pass holders are also eligible to submit to the Screen Makers and iview initiative Pitch-o-rama.


When do registrations close?

Registration dates will be announced in early 2020.

Since its inception in 2015, Screen Makers has been a sold-out event every year.  Get in quick so you don’t miss out!

What is included in the registration fee?

Full Screen Makers Program registration will give you access to all conference sessions in the Mercury Cinema on Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August. In addition you are eligible to register for up to 2 roundtables with industry leaders, attend networking events, and apply for Pitch-o-rama and One-on-One pitching with marketplace representatives. Full conference registration is ideal for delegates who have projects at early stage or in advanced development for pitching. It provides access to industry experts and decision makers from across Australia with insights into current industry trends, opportunities and directions.

Two-day Conference registration will give you access to all conference sessions in the Mercury Cinema on Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August. The Screen Makers conference presents leading Australian writers, producers, directors, distributors, production companies and commissioners discussing the latest trends in film, tv, documentary and online. This is a unique opportunity to hear from the experts and network with peers and colleagues from the industry.

Can I share my pass?

Sorry, passes are non-transferable.

Can I buy a pass for only one of the days?

Sorry, the only way to attend any Screen Makers events is to register as a conference delegate.

Can I bring a guest to networking events?

Unfortunately, no.  Everyone attending a Screen Makers event will need to be a registered delegate.

I registered but now I can’t make it. Can I get a refund?

Sorry, passes are non-refundable.

When will the full program and schedule be available?

The 2020 program will be launched in the lead up to the conference.

I have limited funds to spend on registration. Why should I attend?

  1. Gain access to national marketplace decision makers while they are in Adelaide
  2. Learn the latest market trends in how to develop, finance and distribute projects
  3. Network with other creatives and develop cross state collaborations
  4. Gain knowledge and understanding of the current industry trends and opportunities
  5. Get insider information in roundtable and one on one meetings in a friendly, supportive environment
  6. This is the only dedicated screen makers conference positioned outside of the major capital cities
  7. This is the only conference designed to make the market more accessible to regional screen makers
  8. This is the only conference that crosses disciplines, forms and genres eg: drama/doco/big/small screens, producers, directors and writers.

Where do I collect my pass?

An email will be sent to you when you purchase a ticket online.  Please bring a print-out of this pass with you when you attend the conference.

How do I book a seat at a roundtable?

Bookings for roundtables will open in June and are only available to delegates who register for Full Screen Makers Program. Delegates will be invited to apply to reserve a seat at up to two roundtables.

Screen Makers Conference roundtables provide you with the opportunity to meet leading industry and market guests in a relaxed and informal environment. Each guest heads a table and talks about their organisation and their role and then it’s your chance to ask the questions, so come prepared. Each roundtable will run for 30 minutes and will include eleven people per table plus the industry guest.

Please note you can’t book seats for other people.

Choose your roundtables wisely: these seats are non-transferrable.  Once you have chosen your roundtables, you are locked in and cannot attend other roundtable sessions.

How do I get to Screen Makers?

The 2020 Screenmakers Conference will be held at the Mercury Cinema.


TELEPHONE: (08) 8410 0979

Our map is accessible here and public transport is available.  We are a short walk away from both the train station and tram stop and can be reached via bus.

For parking, we recommend the nearby Wilson Carpark cnr Hindley and Clarendon street.  Other options include the UPark on Light Square and the Secure Parking: The Terrace which has a nearby entrance on Hindley street.

How can I follow the Screen Makers Conference on social media?

Follow Screen Makers Conference updates on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

To see posts from the 2019 Screen Makers Conference use #SMC19.



What is the Screen Makers Lab?

The Screen Makers Lab is joint venture between the screen culture organisation the Media Resource Centre, and community broadcaster Channel 44. It takes the form of a one-day series of intensive masterclasses led by top Australian TV creators, designed to encourage the creation of studio-based entertainment television.

South Australian-based Lab participants will also be eligible to take part in the Out of the Box Initiative. More on this below.

When and where will the Screen Makers Lab be held?

The Screen Makers Lab will take place on Sunday 28 July (the day after the Screen Makers Conference ends). It will be held at the Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St, Adelaide SA 5000.

If I have a ticket to the Screen Makers Conference can I get into the Screen Makers Lab?

No. The Screen Makers Lab and the Screen Makers Conference are separately ticketed events. A ticket to the Screen Makers Conference will not permit access to the Screen Makers Lab.

Do you need to attend the Screen Makers Conference in order to attend the Screen Makers Lab?

Absolutely not! The Screen Makers Lab is an entirely different event covering new content to that explored in the Screen Makers Conference. You can attend both if you’d like, but if you wish to only attend Screen Makers Lab that is also perfectly fine. TV newbies welcome!

Who will be presenting at the Screen Makers Lab?

Some of the industry leaders you can expect to see and hear from at the Screen Makers Lab include:

  • Guesswork TV’s Todd Abbott (Micallef Tonight, Rove Live, Gruen Transfer, Nanette, Get Krack!n’, Hard Quiz, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering)
  • Marion Farrelly, Producer (Celebrity Apprentice, X Factor, Dancing with the Stars, Ready Steady Cook and co-creator of Q&A)
  • ABC’s Julie Hanna (Back In Time for Dinner, Anh’s Brush with Fame, Ask the Doctor)
  • Sarah Thornton, Executive Producer of Ten’s The Project
  • Adrian Swift, Nine Network (Wide World of Sports, Getaway)
  • Caroline Spencer, Fremantle Media (Masterchef, Great Australian Bake Off, Recipe to Riches)
  • Nick Murray, CJZ (Go Back to Where You Came From, Gruen)
  • Susie Jones, SBS
  • Courtney Gibson, CEO, South Australian Film Corporation
  • Lauren Hillman, General Manager, Channel 44

As you can see, it’s a star-studded lineup, so you’ll be learning from the best in the biz! You can read their full bios on the Lab page of the Screen Makers Conference website.

What sort of show formats will be discussed at the Screen Makers Lab?

The kinds of show formats that will be discussed include chat, dating, game, variety, talk, talent, panel, and cooking. Think studio-based entertainment.

Do you have to have TV production experience in order to attend?

 No – newbies welcome! Anyone and everyone are eligible to attend the Screen Makers Lab. We want to see you whether you have had years of experience or no experience at all. If you have fresh ideas, an interest in TV and a passion for entertainment, come along. This could be an ideal point from which to pivot into a new career or creative direction.

How much does entry into the Screen Makers Lab cost?

A ticket to the Screen Makers Lab costs AUD $90 + GST. (An absolute bargain for an intensive day of masterclasses with leading Australian TV creatives and executives!) You can click straight through to the registration form here.

What is the Out of the Box Initiative?

The Out of the Box Initiative is an exciting opportunity for South Australian-based delegates attending the Screen Makers Lab. Once the day is finished, they will have up to 6 weeks to work on and develop a concept for a studio-based program. This will then be submitted in an expression of interest and will be assessed by a panel of industry professional judges. The judges will select up to four of the most promising proposals based on their distinctive qualities, entertainment value, and commercial viability. These four finalist projects will be supported through an extended development phase, and one team will be selected to receive AUD $15,000 cash and approximately AUD $15,000 in-kind support including ABC studio hire, equipment and facilities along with mentoring. This funding and resources will be put towards creating and producing a TV pilot of the initial concept, which will then be broadcast on Channel 44. The winning team will be provided with an invaluable broadcast credit and a completed pilot episode of their concept which can then be used for further pitching to networks. Read more about Out of the Box funding guidelines here.

What do I need to bring to the Screen Makers Lab?

All you need to bring to the Lab is some fresh ideas, a willingness to learn, and a positive attitude for the day. You can also bring some note taking materials if you so wish. Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided.

I’m keen to come! How can I book my place?

Jump straight to the registration form here.

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