It is a pleasure to welcome Australia’s premier screen industry event, SCREEN FOREVER, to the Gold Coast in 2022.
For more than 35 years, Screen Producers Australia (SPA) has brought together innovative and influential screen talent to spark conversation and debate, share ideas and shape the future of the industry.
After presenting a world-class virtual event in 2021, SCREEN FOREVER 36 will attract up to 700 delegates to the Gold Coast for three days of in-person panel discussions, pitching opportunities, networking events and interactive sessions.
Once again, the SPA Connect marketplace will bring together storytellers and producers with commissioners and financiers, facilitating millions of dollars in production deals on the conference floor.
The Queensland Government, through Screen Queensland, is proud to be Principal Partner of SCREEN FOREVER, which has provided an outstanding platform for local producers to network, pitch their projects, forge new alliances and gain valuable market insights.
Throughout the pandemic, Queensland has been a COVID-safe haven for local, interstate and international productions, including scripted and factual features and series, and reality TV.
Forty-one productions were secured by the State in 2020-21, including Queensland-made productions Dive Club, Combat Wombat 2, Under The Sea, Boy From The Bush and many more, as well as international productions Joe Exotic,Irreverent, Young Rock (Seasons 1 & 2), Escape from Spiderhead, Thirteen Lives, The Wilds (Season 2) and Nautilus, among others.
These productions supported thousands of local jobs and injected hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy at a critical time for the Queensland screen industry.
To capitalise on this time of opportunity, the Queensland Government allocated a further $71 million in the latest budget to grow the screen industry by: supporting local script development and production; providing skill-building initiatives for established and emerging Queensland screen creatives; boosting incentives to bring more work into our post-production houses; and building new studio facilities in Cairns and on the Gold Coast.
SCREEN FOREVER 36 will be a celebration of the local industry’s incredible resilience and adaptability, while recognising the most impressive Australian screen productions of the last two years at the 20th Screen Producers Australia Awards.
I congratulate SPA on another immersive and inspired program, and I look forward to welcoming all delegates to the close-up and camera-ready Gold Coast next March.
ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK MP PREMIER OF QUEENSLAND MINISTER FOR THE OLYMPICS
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.