I don’t think I’ve ever felt more excited about delivering a Welcome Message as I am to formally welcome back the amazing talent here at Screen Forever 2022.
It is a great feeling knowing the best-of-the-best in the industry is here for such an important conference. Over the past 10 years, we have worked tirelessly with you all to see our screen industry mature. Pre the pandemic, we were seeing incredible results with producers, financiers, production houses and film scouts making a beeline to the Gold Coast.
The pandemic rocked the industry globally but at the same time, our city came through the crisis with a reputation as a relatively safe, and reliable, destination to help you continue to make your magic.
As Mayor, I want to reinforce the message that we are here to assist this industry in every way possible. It is fantastic to know that you will have the opportunity to see the Gold Coast Show Reel at the 2022 conference. This show reel highlights our built-form and natural attractions and is extremely important as we roll out the red carpet to any production that is considering our City for their project.
Further, I want delegates to know that our city’s post-production facilities are evolving to meet the world-class standards expected of the industry. I view great storytelling as a partnership between a destination, its people and those behind the lens.
Being here at this forum tells me you are hungry for business and eager for opportunities.
Screen Forever is the No1 networking event for this year so let’s get down to business.
Enjoy, relax, take in the Gold Coast vibe and thank you for being part of something very special.
We acknowledge and pay respects to the Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast and all their descendants both past and present. We also acknowledge the many Aboriginal people from other regions as well as Torres Strait and South Sea Islander people who now live in the local area and have made an important contribution to the community.