A Development Masterclass – Australian and International Perspectives at Screen Forever

A good grabby story is the common essential, but details are different when you're developing locally or internationally.

This was one of the more intimate sessions held on the second day of Screen Forever 2019 at Melbourne’s Crown Conference Centre. The room was packed with new and emerging writer/producers hoping for insider information on how to find a great story, acquire the rights, set up a chain of title and develop collaborations locally, but especially internationally.

The Australian speakers seemed just interested as the audience in what the Americans had to say. Everyone is hungry for tips on how to get a meeting with the right people and get the hop on the competition. Having the right contacts and relationships is key, but how do you do that, without being desperate and annoying? Have a great story and a good longline was the common answer.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She is a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk