Roundtable discussions provide a unique space for Queensland and interstate screen creatives to openly discuss their craft and an opportunity for participants to learn from each other and international filmmaker guests. 

If you’re looking to elevate your professional practice or explore an industry issue, the industry roundtables are a candid and supportive arena to unpack current issues and trends of the screen sector with some of the regions acclaimed industry leaders. 

These sessions are FREE, and open by expression of interest to a limited total number of participants to ensure a closed-door conversation held under Chatham House Rules where everyone can contribute. Successful recipients will have the opportunity to purchase Awards tickets at industry discounted rates. 

Industry roundtables are available in-person only, and will be held at HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast. 

EOIs are open from 21 September to 18 October. Participants will be notified by 20 October 2023. 

If interested fill out an EOI HERE, or click the button below:

Wednesday 1 November, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Home of the Arts, Gold Coast

Fictional narratives can provide a framework for addressing real-world critical issues and reflecting societies. This roundtable discussion explores the potential for fictional screen narratives to effect change in the world.

Joined by

  • Kerrin McNeil (Australia) Producer
    Kerrin McNeil is the Co-Founder of Good Apples Pictures, an independent media and production company that are creator-led and passionate about the power of story to affect real world change. Kerrin is a producer and media executive with 20yrs experience in both creative and commercial roles spanning feature film, scripted television series, digital, VR and audio production. She has led brand development and commercialisation strategies for a wide variety of project and business applications; worked with many of Australia’s leading and emerging screenwriters as well as with a wide range of market partners in Australia and internationally.
  • Diya Eid (Australia) Development Producer
    Diya Eid is Development Producer at Orange Entertainment Co, a production company that seeks to collaborate with people who don’t all look, sound, and think the same – to tell stories that are unique, must-watch, and hopefulShe is Development Producer on ABC comedy series White Fever (W: Ra Chapman, D: Aidee Walker); Associate Producer on Nine Network documentary series Missing Persons Investigation; and a Producer on the dark comedy feature film Audrey (W: Lou Sanz, D: Natalie Bailey). In her previous role as Screen Queensland’s Head of Content, Diya managed investment in film, series, games and helped create over 100 talent development programs for the local screen industry. Diya has overseen the development and production of award-winning scripted and factual content including with Stan, SBS, ABC, Audible, Wattpad, SXSW, Screamfest LA and, La Boite Theatre Co, including as EP of two chart-topping Audible series (Winding Road and Beyond Strange Lands) and a number of international award-winning shorts. She is also a budding writer with a number of series and features in development. In 2022, Diya was shortlisted for the Monte Miller Award for In Your Dreams, a supernatural mystery series pilot she co-wrote.
  • Joseph J.U. Taylor (New Zealand / Australia) Director, Writer, Producer, Actor  
    Joseph’s life could be an adventure movie. Born in New Zealand, he spent over twenty-five years as a Biologist in some of the most remote islands of Indonesia. He married a Balinese warrior princess and then changed tack, sailing to Australia to launch a career in film. As a screenwriter, Joseph has received development funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, and New Zealand Writers Guild. As an actor, he has credits on Home and Away (7 Australia), The Singapore Grip (ITV), Strike Back (HBO), and Dev Patel’s Monkey Man (Bron). Joseph is currently editing the documentary RIDER, the story of a female Wall of Death Rider from Sumatra, Indonesia and in early pre-production for a feature film RIDER inspired by the same topic.
  • Jessie Hughes (Australia) Artist, technologist, screenwriter
    Jessie Hughes is an internationally-recognised Australian new media artist, technologist and screenwriter, her works having exhibited most notably at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Cannes and the Tate Modern. Hughes has been named one of Australia’s Future Changers for her commitment to using digital innovation for positive social impact, and was awarded Australia’s prestigious 2020 Sir John Monash Scholarship. Hughes has designed and implemented solutions for tech-giants such as Oculus, Facebook, and Adobe, and has been featured in over 140+ media articles across radio, newspaper and TV. Professionally, Jessie works as a Creative Technologist, toying at the intersection of design, technology, art, research and strategy for social innovation. 

Wednesday 1 November, 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Home of the Arts, Gold Coast

Weaving has long played a central role in storytelling across many cultures in the Asia Pacific. Join filmmakers and advocates in this hands-on workshop to discuss authentic representations of culture on screen. Includes hands-on weaving masterclass.

Joined by

  • Rae Choi (Australia) Director, Writer, Producer
    Rae Choi is a filmmaker and intellectual property lawyer with an affinity for participatory and collaborative filmmaking. As a producer, her films span short and long form including an independent feature film shot on 16mm in Australia, Japan, Italy and France.
  • Katrina Irawati Graham (Australia) Director, Writer, and Activist
    Katrina Irawati Graham is an Indonesian-Australia screenwriter and playwright. She works in many genres including feminist horror, crime, drama and children’s stories. Instrumental in forming WIFT Australia, and Chair of the inaugural Screen Queensland Equity and Diversity Taskforce.
  • Anthony Shim (Canada, South Korea) Writer, Director, Producer, Actor, Editor 
    Anthony was born in Seoul, South Korea and then immigrated to Vancouver, Canada with his family in the early 90s. He began his career as an actor after his mom enrolled him in a high school drama class and soon after he co-founded a theatre company in which he served as the artistic director while acting, producing, and directing its variety of projects. In 2019, Anthony made his first feature film, Daughter; a micro-budget feature that was developed from a one-act play he wrote; then, he followed that up with Riceboy Sleeps which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2022 and won the prestigious Platform Prize. He is nominated for Best Screenplay at APSA 2023.
  • Richard Jameson (Australia) – Director, Writer, Producer
    Richard is a Wuthathi man from East Coast of Cape York. He is an experienced filmmaker of 17 years and is also part of the Screen Queensland Equity and Diversity Taskforce.

Thursday 2 November, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Home of the Arts, Gold Coast

From co-productions and financing to access and rights, uncover the challenges and opportunities for early career producers to develop a project in an increasingly global market.

Joined by

  • Jeremy Chua (Singapore) Producer, Screenwriter
    Jeremy Chua is a Singaporean producer and screenwriter. Since 2014, he founded Potocol, that focuses on the international coproduction of Asian films. He has trained at EAVE Ties That Bind, Berlinale Talents, SEAFIC, Produire au Sud, and TorinoFilmLab. His recent works include Makbul Mubarak’s Autobiography (Venice Orritonzi 2022), and Abdullah Mohammad Saad’s Rehana Maryam Noor (Cannes Un Certain Regard 2021).
  • Anna Katchko (Germany) Producer
    Anna has produced more than 30 award-winning international co-productions. In 2023, five of Anna’s new films from Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and Ukraine were successfully presented at the festival circuit. Apart from producing films, Katchko has been active in fostering international co-operation and business development worldwide. She is a member of the European and Asian Film Academies, and an APSA International Jury member.
  • Robert Connolly (Australia) Director, Writer, Producer
    Robert is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and best-known filmmakers with an international career spanning 30 years. His films include the box office hit Paper PlanesBalibo and the compendium feature film The Turning. Most recently Robert wrote and directed Blueback and The Dry. In television, he directed the International Emmy-nominated The Slap and Barracuda for NBC Universal and Deep State for Fox Network Group. As a producer and executive producer Robert’s credits include The BoysRomulus My FatherThe WarriorsGallipoli and Chasing Asylum.
  • Kate Hynes (Australia) Writer, Producer, Lawyer
    Kate Hynes is an experienced screen executive, with more than 20 years in the Australian industry.Prior to establishing Good Apples Pictures, she was head of legal and business affairs for Hoodlum Entertainment, as well as being the chief legal officer for video games success story, Halfbrick Studios. Kate believes radical social change begins with story.
  • Jackson Lapsley Scott (Australia) Creative Producer 
    Jackson is a creative producer and festival director. He’d produced music videos for major labels which have garnered multiple awards and millions of views. The interactive work CONSENSUS GENTIUM he produced won the SXSW XR Experience Award, and went on to play Venice Biennale, BFI London Film Festival and many more festivals. As development and production executive for Unless Pictures from 2020-2021, he EPed three short films including the multi-award winning THE MOTHS WILL EAT THEM UP. In 2020 he was a producer on RETROGRADE a 6 x 22’ dramedy for the ABC entirely created and aired during pandemic lockdown; and in 2019 he was AACTA-nominated for his work on ABC webseries CONTENT, which was reviewed in the New York Times, the Guardian, received an International Emmy® nomination and won a Rose d’Or.

The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.

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