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Make It

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

First offered in 2017, there are a number of success stories from attendees who found the information sessions by renowned practitioners, and networking opportunities invaluable to progressing their career.

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 St Kilda Town Hall  is jam-packed with industry professionals ready to give you specialist career advice and inspire you to survive and thrive professionally.

We’ve gathered some of the best creatives in television, online, film, VFX and gaming 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.

Sessions will include:

  • What are the Industry roles that you might not have thought about – and how do you get them
  • Where are the skills shortages – and how can you find those opportunities
  • 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
  • Who’s hiring and what are they looking for

Confirmed speakers include Factual Producers Alison Black, Esther Coleman-Hawkins and Denise Eriksen, Studio Director John Olb, Screenwriters David Hannam and Josh Tyler, Frank Bruzzese: Director of Production at Guesswork TV, Anna Reichard – ABC TV, Jake Barrow – Executive Creative Director at Y&R Melbourne, Ash Mustchin – Director of Digital and Experience at Principals, legendary quiz show producer, Pam Barnes, Katie Roberts –Head of Video, Vice Media, Virginia Hodgson Executive Producer at WTFN and Lee Naimo, Investment Manager – Screen Australia. Many more speakers and guests will be confirmed.

Is Make It right for you?

If you are already working in the Victorian Screen Industry, or a recent media graduate with a bit of experience, this event will provide a huge amount of value. You will 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.

Previous Make It participants are encouraged to attend to experience new sessions, panellists and opportunities and to reconnect with people and ideas you encountered in 2017.

What you will need

This is a super intensive weekend  jam-packed with great sessions. So you’ll need energy, a willingness to network and lots of questions.

Morning tea and lunch are provided both days and there’s networking drinks on day one. Please let us know of any dietary or accessibility requirements you have when you enrol.

Make It is presented with Principal Partner Film Victoria.

Thanks to our Sponsors:



Make It Offerings


27 Jul 2019 to 28 Jul 2019
Sat 9am-7pm Sun 9am - 5.30pm

Course Price:

This is the standard course price.

99 Carlisle StSt Kilda

For more information call 1300 131 461, or register for future offerings.