Registration will close September 8, 2021

> > PRE-CONFERENCE | 9 September 

+ INDUSTRY INSIDER: Straight talking and candid insights leading into MCX Screenmakers 2021, bringing together leading professional guilds. Ask them anything and kick start your connections. 


> > CONFERENCE PROGRAM | 10 - 11 September


Opened by The Hon. David Pisoni MP. Minister for Innovation and Skills, MCX Screenmakers will feature leading keynotes and panellists, who will inspire and inform.  



+ ADVENTURES IN THE SCREENWRITING LIFE. Professional screenwriters Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna whose combined credits include writing and production on such films as Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Captain Marvel will provide a unique chance for delegates to deep-dive into both the craft and the business of writing. With the signature blend of self-development and story, get ready to go into the lava in this special live Screenmakers 2021 edition of the hit podcast, The Screenwriting Life, including the podcasts extra voice, producer Jeff Graham. In Conversation 

+ DIVING INTO DEVELOPMENT. Exploring different approaches to development: the pitfalls and challenges. How is development changing as a result of streamers? How can agencies best support development processes to make Australia more competitive in the international arena? Conversation

+ STREAM DREAMS. Everyone wants to make a bingeable series and original films for a global streamer. How do you even get your foot in the door, what is the first step? Panel with SVODs  

+ MEET THE MARKET. Meet Australian distributors and find out what they are looking for, how to think about audiences and what opportunities exist to get your films seen. Panel 

+ THE CHANGING CREATIVE ECONOMY. <Presented by AFTRS>. Exploring different ways of financing, finding new audiences & making it happen // Panel 

+ READY PLAYER NOW. Game-changing opportunities for talent and story exist in the multi-billion-dollar interactive arts and game industry. Level-up the potential for narrative storytelling and your creative career. // Panel 

+ UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. Lessons from an Intimacy Coordinator - revealing insights for directors, actors and producers navigating the delicate art of intimacy on set. // 21-4-21 Talk 

+ RUN YOUR OWN SHOW. Cultivate your authentic voice, navigate your creative dreams and never take no for an answer. // In Conversation with a leading showrunner 

+ RISE UP. Gatekeeping is a reality, there's a system and structural framework in place, and boxes to tick. How can we support and empower new voices and talents, so they are seen, heard and recognised? Hear from the game-changers who are navigating new pathways to support great content connecting with audiences. // Panel 

> > NEW FOR 2021 

MCX LAB // OUT OF THE BOX - 12 September

LAB: OUT OF THE BOX. With 41% of Australians watching some form of reality TV, 33% watching quiz and game shows, 30% watching lifestyle, 30% of viewers consuming comedies, and 19% watching chat shows, the potential audiences for entertainment formats are enormous. Devising, developing and marketing new formats can lead not only to production success but the possibility of licensing formats internationally. Add to that the growing appetite for streaming services to choose local entertainment formats shines a light on another pathway to content creators. This one-day lab brings together the commissioners, the producers and creatives behind some of Australia's most successful shows to explore what it takes to think Out Of The Box.  


21-4-21 Talks 

2021 sees the introduction of 21-4-21 speed sessions that cover emerging topics or skills development in 21-minute bursts. Topics include Data-Driven Development, Lessons from an Intimacy Coordinator and Creating Connection, Master Techniques for Navigating Industry Events. 

+ // PLUS 


The renowned live-pitch contest returns to the Screenmakers stage. Ten finalists will have five minutes to make their best pitch to judges from ABC, Mercury CX and industry leaders.



Presenting the 2021 Hanlon Larsen Fellowship recipient.  


Meet the market face to face in these intimate industry conversations. Join leading creators, producers, industry representatives, agencies, guilds as they answer the burning questions and share their leading insights.  


From the pre-conference MEDIA SUPER MIXER, A NIGHT AT THE PITCHES presented by Screen Territory and multiple networking opportunities there's never a better time to be shoulder to shoulder with other creators. Cheers! 


Conference Opening and Mixer

From leading industry keynotes, to interactive panels, MCX Screenmakers presents the latest industry insights.
Day 1 includes Marketplace.


From leading industry keynotes, to interactive panels, MCX Screenmakers presents the latest industry insights.
Day 2 includes Marketplace.

Out of the Box LAB

Learn how to create the next Entertainment Format hit in this interactive lab. Featuring industry leaders, executives and networks, this is an exclusive opportunity to focus on non-scripted and entertainment formats.

The LAB is included in Platinum registration or booked as a single event.

This is a dynamic industry. Times and sessions and speakers are subject to change. The online agenda will be up to date throughout the conference. 

*Registration for Meet The Market Roundtables is included in the Pitch Pass and All Access conference passes.