A major free event for filmmakers is coming to Melbourne in June, with some star guests

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A major free event for filmmakers is coming to Melbourne in June, with some star guests

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St Kilda Film Festival’s popular Filmmaker Development Day returns 8 June.

The 40th annual St Kilda Film Festival (SKFF) presents The Big Picture: Filmmaker Development Day, a jam-packed free series of hands-on workshops, forums, panels, exhibitions, screenings, networking opportunities and Q&As with some of Australia’s top emerging and established film talents, on Saturday 8 June. Presented by JMC Academy, this Filmmaker Development Day continues to grow in popularity, helping creatives hone their craft, covering a diverse range of filmmaking topics. Highlights include:

The Big Picture: Filmmaker Development Day

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Directing Actors with Ted Brunetti – New York-based Ted Brunetti, protégé of Uta Hagen, has worked with the likes of Robert De Niro on BRONX TALE on Broadway and with James Gandolfini on his last five feature films. Ted defines and shares how to create the most productive, healthy, and creative director-actor collaborations. Participants will learn what actors need and expect, the most effective ways to communicate with collaborators, and how to efficiently get what they need from cast, crew and production staff.

In Unlocking the Potential of AI & the Moving Image participants will hear from screen artists including moderator Lester Francois, along with panellists Steve Mills, bitpixi, Rhett Mankind and KEZIAI as they actively explore the unknown and unmapped creative ground of AI. This integral panel investigates AI and the Moving Image, a new form of filmmaking that represents a creative revolution in front of and behind the camera.

Chaired by film lawyer Shaun Miller, The Dark Art of Writing delves into the intensely personal and long-term journey of taking an idea from script to screen. With panellists Karin Altmann (Head of Development at ScriptWorks) screenwriter Kelly Lefever (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and House Husbands) and screenwriter Jane Allen (The Heights, Last King of the Cross and In Our Blood).

Presented by the Australian Writers Guild, The Art of the Narrative features a screening of short films (Smoke Screen, Blame the Rabbit, Teach me How to Cry and Anna). These films take the craft of writing to the next level and signpost writers who are prepared to make a statement, take a risk and push directors, producers and performers all the way. This session includes a Q&A.

One Minute to Midnight: Making Social Justice Documentaries shows a new generation of First Nations and young screen artists working across traditional and immersive documentary forms who have emerged to reach audiences with powerful messages. Filmmakers will discuss across the board on where contemporary audiences live, how to create works that reach them, and the science of working of documenting social justice in action.

Distribution & Exhibition in the New Media Landscape explores the separation of the production sector and the film distribution sector, with panellists Hudson Sowada (National Sales Manager Umbrella Entertainment), Tait Brady (Founder and Director of The Acme Film Company; Co-Founder and Director of Label) Kylie Eddy (Co-Founder of Lean Filmmaking; filmmaker of The Kiss and Three Months at Sea) and Paul Tonta (Madman Entertainment General Manager Theatrical Acquisitions and Film Festivals). This panel uncovers the truth behind Australia’s film distribution, with in-depth inquiry into the mysteries of marketing, consumer algorithms and box office statistics.

Popular Australian actor and intimacy coordinator Eve Morey, opens up the conversation on current best practice around screen intimacy in Navigating Intimacy from the Screen. The session will cover all sorts of areas about the world of navigating delicate content, and how to create safer workplaces when dealing with confronting material.

Minister for Creative Industries, Colin Brooks said “The Allan Labor Government is proud to back St Kilda Film Festival and its work to cultivate and promote local screen industry talent. The Big Picture offers valuable professional development opportunities for the next generation of filmmakers with industry leaders – and it’s all free.”

The ever-popular free Filmmaker Development Day The Big Picture takes place in South Melbourne, primarily at JMC Academy’s Park Street Campus, plus their Bank Street Campus, as well as The Backlot Studios, as part of the 40th annual St Kilda Film Festival, presented by City of Port Phillip. There’s a session for everyone, from those who are just starting out, to those looking to fine-tune their skills.

For more information on screenings and bookings, visit: stkildafilmfestival.com.au