Thursday 2 November
2.45pm – 3.45pm
Panorama Room, HOTA

Protests, cultural norms, working in remote regions, developing politically or culturally sensitive material, what defines a safe space can be hard to nail down. So, how can filmmakers create safe environments for themselves, their crew, and their cast regardless of the circumstances of the shoot? Local and international filmmakers will share their on-set experiences and advice. 


  • Dean Gibson (Australia) Director, Writer, Producer
    Dean Gibson is an Aboriginal filmmaker and Director of Bacon Factory Films. His work screens on ABC, SBS and NITV and includes children’s television, documentary and drama. He currently sits on the board of Screen Queensland, Queensland Theatre, Griffith University Film School advisory board and the Essential Screen Skills industry advisory board.
  • John Badalu (Indonesia) Producer
    John Badalu has been working in the film industry for more than 20 years. He has worked for A-list festivals like Berlin, Shanghai and Tallinn as a Film Delegate/Scout. He is also the co-founder of a queer and human rights Q! Film Festival in Indonesia in 2002-2016. As an independent producer, he has produced a few feature-length films and  shorts that have premiered in Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, Locarno and Rotterdam. Badalu received the Ashoka fellowship from Ashoka Foundation as one of the progressive changemakers.
  • Jessica Magro (Australia) Director, Producer
    Jessica Magro is a proud Samoan-Maltese-Australian TV Producer and Director. She currently works at Ludo Studio managing Bluey’s global publishing slate while producing independent works at her own production company Purple Carrot Entertainment focusing on Pasifika-Australian stories.
  • Moderated by Rhianna Malezer (Australia) Writer, Director
    Rhianna Malezer is a Meanjin-based filmmaker, writer and artist. A proud Butchulla and Kamilaroi woman, Rhianna identifies as queer and prioritises celebrating the communities she belongs to in her creative practice. She has a decade’s experience working within Art Department in the Australian and New Zealand film and television industries.


Industry tickets $15 per person
General admission $20 per person
+ booking fees

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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