Thursday 2 November
9.30am -10.30am
Panorama Room, HOTA

Exploring co-production, the benefits of creative and economic collaboration to our film industries through cultural exchange and diplomacy.


  • Anupam Sharma (Australia)
    Anupam Sharma is a filmmaker, speaker and author with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Films & Theatre, and a post- graduate thesis on Indian cinema from University of NSW. Named as one of the fifty most powerful & influential Australian film professionals by Encore magazine and nominated as the Australia Day ambassador seven years in a row. He is the founding head of films & casting TEMPLE, and has lead a team of film professionals, who have worked on more than 264 projects between Australia and India, Denmark, USA, & China, including feature films, television serials, music videos, television commercials, as well as film festivals.
  • Rima Das (India)
    Rima Das is known for making indigenous and realistic stories that explore complicated relationships, finding purpose, coming of age and life amidst nature. She has donned multiple hats of writer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor for her projects. Her latest film Tora’s Husband had its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2022, competing in the Platform section followed by its Asian Premiere at Busan International Film Festival. GQ India named Rima Das as one of the Most Influential Young Indians of 2018. She is also one of the Brand Ambassadors of Toronto International Film Festivals ‘Share Her Journey’ campaign that champions the cause of gender equality in cinema.
  • Stephen Zacharias (India) Producer
    Stephen Zacharias is a film producer based in Melbourne, and focuses on cinema from Asia. He completed BA(Hons) in Digital media specialising in film sound in the year 2003 from SAE, Byron Bay. In the year 2019, he set up his production company, ‘Stop Whinging’ with a profound passion for crafting cinema that is not only deeply rooted in its cultural origins but also possesses the unique ability to transcend geographical boundaries. He produced the feature film ‘Nirvana Inn,’ in 2019 which had its premiere at the Busan Film Festival and also received the ‘Asian Cinema Fund’ the same year. In 2023, Stephen co-produced ‘RAPTURE,’ a film that premiered at the esteemed Locarno Film Festival, and was duly recognized with the ‘Cultural Diversity Award’ at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards this year. 
  • Moderated by Sandy George (Australia) Journalist, Researcher
    Sandy George has tracked the Australian film and television industry for aeons. She is Australian correspondent for International and has been film writer for The Australian, editor of local trade magazines and an analyst at Screen Australia, the aim there being to provide robust market intelligence on financing for practitioners. She is the wordsmith behind many newsletters and reports. She presented the Saturday night movie on SBS for a time. She principally works on Gadigal Land.


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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