UK Connect is a competitive, curated co-production market initiative and joint Australian market first between SCREEN FOREVER and the British Film Institute (BFI), that will align some of the most exciting Australian and UK producers, funders, commissioners, sales agents, and distributors at SCREEN FOREVER 37, Australia’s premier screen industry event on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
The initiative aims to accelerate global partnerships and leverage additional funding streams to create new award-winning projects for global audiences.
UK Connect is a bespoke initiative looking to stimulate collaboration between the UK and Australian production companies. With Global Screen Fund attending and a revised co-production treaty between UK and Australia, UK Connect offers the opportunity to forge new partnerships and help finance co-production projects.
Ten Australian and ten UK based producers have beren selected to participate in the UK Connect program and will be offered a full day of events focused on doing business and unlocking additional funding with UK counterparts, including exclusive talks, networking and bespoke 1-1 meetings on 2nd May, before the official opening of SCREEN FOREVER 37.
Joinig the cohort will be 4 UK Sales Agents and a selction of other local and international financiers.
Further networking events and curated meetings are planned for the projects selected during SCREEN FOREVER 37, giving Australian and UK producers the best possible chance to secure financing and suitable partners for their projects.
UK Connect delegation will participate in an array of events and sessions programmed as part of SCREEN FOREVER 37 and will be available for meetings during Ready Steady Pitch, Round Tables, a Co-Production Forum, and 1-1 pitching opportunities.
Producers are selected on the basis of their previous experience, and their specified interest and motivation to grow internationally and expand their international networks. We will prioritise producers who already have some co-production experience, applying with market-ready film and TV projects in development, with the potential to be structured as UK-Australia co-productions. We are particularly keen to support producers from under-represented backgrounds and from across Australia.
Applications for UK Connect are now CLOSED
UK Connect is proudly supported by
SCREEN FOREVER is proudly supported by the Queensland Government, through Screen Queensland.
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.