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AFTRS, Media Mentors and ACMI launch Make It Monthly

L-R: ‘Seachange’ (2019), ‘Miss Fisher’s Modern Mysteries’, ‘Utopia’

Make It Monthly, a new Melbourne-based program of free screen industry talks and networking, kicks off in February.

Make It Monthly, a partnership between AFTRS, Media Mentors Australia and ACMI, will feature top screen practitioners working across all genres and platforms.

Each month a panel of the industry’s brightest, funniest and most successful practitioners will share their secrets, moderated by one of the TV industry’s most experienced executives, Denise Eriksen.

The first event, on Thursday 6th February 2020, celebrates Melbourne success with a panel of well-known Melbourne industry creatives Laura Waters, the founder of Princess Pictures; Oscar-winning animator Adam Elliot; Sonya Pemberton, one of Australia’s leading factual television producers; and showrunner, writer and director Tony Ayres (The Slap, Glitch).

In March, guests will hear from Every Cloud Productions, creators of the international hit series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and upcoming feature Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, and this year’s ratings hit, the reboot of Seachange.

“We reckon knowledge and networking are the best way to get ahead in this exciting industry. Melbourne, here’s your chance and, as Media Mentors, we are delighted to help you make the best of this opportunity.”

- Denise Eriksen, Co-Founder (with Esther Coleman Hawkins), Media Mentors Australia.

Drinks and nibbles will be served after the panel providing the perfect opportunity to network with Melbourne’s industry.

The program will be presented at ACMI X – the industry co-working space that is part of Australia’s national museum of film, TV, video games, digital content and art. ACMI X is located on level 4 at the Australian Ballet Centre on Kavanagh St, Southbank.

“We are delighted to be working with AFTRS and Media Mentors to host this industry conversation and gathering at our co-working space ACMI X. ACMI is Australia’s national museum of film, TV, video games, digital content and art and we are eager to support industry to come together and share their stories and experience across every touchpoint of our museum.”

- Katrina Sedgwick, ACMI Director & CEO

“AFTRS is very pleased to be partnering on this new industry program in Melbourne. The School supports Australian storytelling talent from early inspiration to the highest level of professional practice and Make It Monthly will provide a great opportunity for networking, information sharing and collaboration for local practitioners across the industry. There are so many talented creators in Melbourne and I’m confident these events will be excellent.”

- Wendy Gray, Head of Industry Program at AFTRS.

Make it Monthly will run on the first Thursday of every month from February to November.

Bookings are essential, through the AFTRS website. Register to be on the mailing list for Make It Monthly here.

Find out more about ACMI X here.

Learn more about Media Mentors Australia here.