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Make It

14 May 2022,
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

15 May 2022,
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The William Angliss Conference Centre, Melbourne

Victoria is alive with screen, broadcast and games production – but there are talent shortages, and there are jobs available.

Make It, presented with principal partner VicScreen and Media Mentors Australia will show you the opportunities and assist you with getting work. We’ll also inspire you with some of the amazing productions which have come out of the state, by talking to their creators and hearing their career stories and advice.

Confirmed speakers include leading Victorian screen professionals, drama producer Andrea Denholm (Fires, Wrong Kind of Black) and 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.

Everybody in this business benefits from having a mentor and Make It participants will be invited to pitch for a mentor to support them long after the conference. Mentors will represent a range of roles in the industry – specifically in the “below-the-line” roles such as on-set crew and post-production roles which offer many opportunities in Victoria.

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

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, by applying business skills and job interview skills when seeking funding opportunities.


If you’re passionate about working in the screen industry but don’t know where to start, this conference will help you discover the wide range of jobs on offer, which extra skills you need and how to get them.

If you’re considering a career change from outside the screen industry, you’ll discover just how valuable your transferable skills are and get an insight into how this exciting industry operates.

If you’re an early career practitioner, already working in the Victorian screen industry, or a recent media graduate, you’ll meet senior industry figures, forge new networks and meet masses of potential employers.

If you want to, or already are, making your own content and want to grow your output, there’s an entire day’s stream dedicated to making your own ideas. Plus, you might be inspired to get work within the industry as a way to fund your own production.

You must be over 18 and live in Victoria to attend.

If you want to work in Victoria, this conference is for you.

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


Saturday 14 May 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Sunday 15 May 9.00 am – 5.00 pm


The William Angliss Conference Centre
555 LaTrobe Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


Early bird tickets – $120 (until 11.59 pm Sunday 15 April 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.”