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If you’re an early career screen practitioner based in Victoria, you can’t miss Make It!

Click here to view the program for 2017

Click here to view information about the amazing range of speakers joining us over the weekend

Make It! is presented by AFTRS with Principal Partner Film Victoria, and is designed for those who want to develop a career in the exciting, flourishing local industry.
The two-day event at the State Library of Victoria is jam-packed with industry professionals ready to give you specialist career advice and inspire you to survive and thrive professionally.

Also at Make It! you’ll have the opportunity to compete for an internship with Vice or a place in an upcoming AFTRS short course in Melbourne. Enrol now to secure your spot.

We’ve gathered some of the best creatives in television, online, film, gaming and VR to share their secrets for success - and their mistakes. You’ll have an opportunity to meet lots of other practitioners in our speed networking events. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Executive Producers Alison Black, Marion Farelly, Stuart Menzies, Pam Barnes (Fremantle Media) Debbie Byrne (Seven Network) Maria Markou (AFL) Tarni James (ABC TV)

  • Tom Whitty - Managing Editor, The Project

  • Monica Davidson - Creative Business expert

  • Games experts Liam Esler, Ken Wong, Lisy Kane, Lauren Clinnick

  • Music Supervisor Jemma Burns

  • Producers Esther Coleman-Hawkins, Pennie Brown, Katy Morrison (VR TOV) and John Harvey (Brown Cab)

  • Nerida Moore - Development Executive Screen Australia

  • Filmmakers Gregory Erdstein and Alice Foulcher (That's Not Me)

  • Sam Clark - Senior Producer ABC News

  • Jamie Perkins (Jamie and Nikki), Michael Shanks (TimTimFed), Chris Hocking, AJ Clementine - YouTube creators

  • Directors Daina Reid (Sunshine, The Secret River), Jonathan Brough (Sammy J and Randy, Rosehaven) and John Olb (Thank God You're Here, The Biggest Loser)

Sessions will cover:

  • How to work out what path in the screen and media industries is the right one for you

  • How to pitch yourself to employers

  • Where to find vital industry information and the best networking opportunities

  • The do’s and don’ts of CV writing and hustling for work

  • How to operate as a freelancer and understand all the exciting stuff like insurance, setting up a company and tax.

  • How to develop your own screen content

Spaces are limited. Don’t miss out!


The Course fee includes morning and afternoon tea and drinks at the end of Day 1. Please note there are no discounts available for this event (early bird or Industry) and it is only open to residents of Victoria.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281
Principal Partner


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