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AACTA Announce the Return of ScreenFest


Some of the most exciting creators on the planet feature in the line-up of showcases, interviews and masterclasses in this annual celebration of Australian film and television. 

AACTA ScreenFest is back for a second year to give fans and industry insiders access to exclusive content and behind-the-scenes insights from homegrown production leaders and stars such as Sarah Snook on her career-defining role in SUCCESSION, and Murray Bartlett on the hit Foxtel series THE WHITE LOTUS.

Local behind-the-scenes talent forms an integral part of ScreenFest and this year features award-winning filmmaker Greig Fraser unpacking his work on the blockbuster DUNE, Oscar-winning writer Tony McNamara on crafting Disney’s most notorious villain in CRUELLA, and cinematographer Toby Oliver describing shooting Jordan Peele’s classic horror GET OUT.

From Saturday, December 4, the program begins with tutorials on creating content for social media presented by Meta, a masterclass in producing with Bruna Papandrea and her Made Up Stories partners, documentary & kids’ TV showcases, and exclusive panel discussions with cast and crew who have achieved outstanding feats in screen and entertainment.

In a milestone for the Australian screen industry, 2021 saw more Australian First Nations scripted projects go into production in a single year than ever before. AACTA are marking this historic moment with Celebrating First Nations New Wave featuring Nakkiah Lui, Darren Dale, Trisha Morton-Thomas, Danielle MacLean and Dena Curtis.

AACTA ScreenFest also includes the broadcast of the 2021 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel Group (Wednesday, December 8, 7.30pm AEDT on Channel Ten) and AACTA Industry Awards (Monday, December 6, 6.30pm AEDT on AACTA TV).

AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said, “Australian film and screen has been exceptionally strong this year, and to be able to hear from industry professionals is a privilege for fans, students, and industry alike. We are very pleased to have a uniquely Australian line-up with an array of large players from the Australian Film and Screen landscape. We’re proud to be able to showcase the exceptional talent and content being produced by incredible Australians and we are excited see the return of AACTA ScreenFest in 2021.” 

NSW Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said, “The NSW Government is very proud to support the AACTA ScreenFest once again this year. This event gives audiences the chance to engage with their favourite productions and screen industry professionals, in the lead up to the 2021 AACTA Awards. The AACTA Awards honour the many creative people involved in our unique Australian entertainment sector, one that has faced enormous challenges over the past two years. It is fantastic to see people in the industry recognised for their tremendous achievements and contributions to our world-class film and television productions.”


ScreenFest 2021 is made up of 40+ FREE screen events. Click here to view the 2021 program and create your free account. Explore the epic world of the screen!

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