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Make It

12 Feb 2022,
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

13 Feb 2022,
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The William Angliss Conference Centre, Melbourne

Make It is presented by AFTRS with principal partner Film Victoria and Media Mentors Australia and is designed for those who want to develop a career in the flourishing local screen, broadcast and games industries. The two-day event will be jam-packed with industry professionals on hand to give career advice and tips on thriving professionally.

We’ve gathered some of the best creatives in television, online, film, VFX and gaming to share their secrets for success, along with their mistakes. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet lots of other practitioners in our speed networking events.

Confirmed speakers include one of Australia’s most successful screen creatives, Tony Ayres, a multi-award-winning producer, director, screenwriter and showrunner whose recent credits include the series Fires and Clickbait. Other leading Victorian screen professionals speaking are factual producer Kate Pappas, whose recent credits include art/science documentary Deception By Design, the feature documentary Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy and 11 hours of blue chip wildlife films with Wild Bear Entertainment; Frank Bruzzese, the Director of Production at Guesswork Television, who has worked on titles including Hannah Gadsby’s ground-breaking Nanette and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering; documentary producer and director Laurence Billiet (Freeman, General Strike); writer/director Goran Stolevski (Would You Look at Her, You Won’t Be Alone); and producer and disability advocate Ade Djajamihardja (The Big Gig, A Legendary Love) who is co-founder of A2K Media, a Melbourne production company that focuses on content endorsing disability advocacy, empowerment, pride and leadership.

The final speaker line-up will include television, online, film, VFX and gaming professionals who will share their secrets for success, along with their mistakes. Attendees will get the opportunity to network with experienced practitioners, explore a range of career paths and learn more about how to get their ideas into production, including business skills, funding opportunities and job interview skills.

Make It will include opportunities to –

  • Work out what path in the screen and media industries is the right one for you
  • Learn how to pitch and present yourself to employers
  • Get vital industry information and contacts
  • Meet like-minded individuals who may be your future collaborators
  • Explore how to develop your own screen content
  • Get real-world advice and coaching about your career path

Participants will be invited to pitch for a mentor to support them after the conference. Mentors will represent a range of roles in the industry including below-the-line work such as on-set crew and post-production roles, which are competitive in Victoria.


The event is designed for early-career practitioners already working in the Victorian screen industry and recent media graduates and it will provide a huge amount of value. You’ll have the opportunity to network with experienced practitioners, explore a range of career paths, learn more about how to get your own ideas into production and get inspired by a whole lot of opportunities you didn’t even know existed.

Make It is open to participants who are 18+ and live in Victoria.

Any questions? Email makeit@aftrs.edu.au.


Saturday 12 February 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Sunday 13 February 9.00 am – 5.00 pm


The William Angliss Conference Centre
555 LaTrobe Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


Extra early bird tickets – $95 (available until 11.59 pm Sunday 14 November 2021)
Early bird tickets – $120 (until until 11.59 pm Sunday 16 January 2022)
Standard tickets – $135

The ticket price includes morning tea and lunch on both days, along with the networking function.




“It was great to hear from people in the industry, well established as well as starting out. It’s a great opportunity to network as well with professionals and emerging practitioners as well.”

“Contacts, contacts, contacts! Methods of approaching people in the industry. Who to approach… Knowledge that everyone gets lots of knockbacks - you just have to persevere!”

“I made contacts that I believe can lead me into internships or other positions where I can gain more experience in the industry. The knowledge I gained can be applied to my future choices and professional interactions.”

“I have already made some great connections since attending the conference and am optimistic that I may get some more professional experience as a result of the people I met at the conference. What an incredible concept, thank you so much to all the organisers, I will be recommending it to everyone in the future and hopefully one day I can hashtag that I went to #Makeit and I #Madeit.”