AACTA Festival 2024: Showcasing Women Working Across Film, Television And More

January 20, 2024

Welcome to the vibrant tapestry of the AACTA Festival 2024, where the magic of the Australian film and television industry comes alive. From exploring the enchanting secrets behind Pixar’s animation mastery to celebrating the remarkable contributions of women in the visual effects (VFX) frontier, this festival promises a cinematic journey like no other. Engage with industry trailblazers, uncover the power of mentorship, and join exclusive conversations with acclaimed figures such as Marta Dusseldorp, Leah Purcell, and international best-selling author Bonnie Garmus.

The festival is not just a spectacle for film enthusiasts; it’s a dynamic exploration of creativity, diversity, and the transformative impact of storytelling. As we navigate through sessions that delve into the heart of filmmaking, from the highs and lows of being a working mother in the industry to the in-depth exploration of acclaimed works like “SWEET AS” and “LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY,” each event offers a unique lens into the multifaceted world of entertainment.

So, fasten your seatbelts as we embark on a cinematic journey, peeling back the layers of the industry, amplifying the voices of women in film, and celebrating the artistry that shapes our screens. The AACTA Festival 2024 is your backstage pass to the captivating world of storytelling, creativity, and the influential figures who make it all possible. Let the reels roll, and the conversations unfold in this extraordinary celebration of the Australian film and television landscape.

Pixar Power: Shaking Up the Status Quo
Friday, 9 February, 4 pm – 5 pm

Prepare to be immersed in the world of animation as Jamie Woolf, former Director of Culture and Learning at Pixar Animation Studios and Co-Founder of Creativity Partners, takes the stage. Unveiling the secrets behind Pixar’s creative powerhouse, Woolf will share insights into the studio’s groundbreaking approaches to storytelling and animation. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a firsthand understanding of how Pixar continues to shape the animation industry.

Elevating Mentorship
Friday, 9 February, 2 pm – 3 pm

In a world where mentorship plays a pivotal role in career development, join ScreenAustralia’s Gender Matters Taskforce and WIFT Australia in exploring the transformative power of mentorship. Focusing on the ElevateUs mentorship program, the session will delve into why mentorship remains a cornerstone for gender-parity strategies. Discover how mentorship can empower women and gender-diverse individuals in both creative and executive roles.

Tech Trailblazers: Celebrating Women on the VFX Frontier
Friday, 9 February, 3 pm – 4 pm

Delve into the dynamic world of Visual Effects (VFX) as WIFT Australia spotlights the exceptional contributions of women in this groundbreaking industry. Esteemed female professionals will gather for a panel event, sharing invaluable insights, experiences, and challenges faced in the VFX frontier. Gain a deeper understanding of the role women play in shaping the future of visual storytelling.

Meet the creators of SWEET AS
Friday, 9 February, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Embark on a journey with the cast and crew of Jub Clerc’s debut feature film, SWEET AS. Inspired by Clerc’s own teenage experiences, this coming-of-age road movie promises to be a cinematic delight. Join this exclusive session as the creators share their stories, experiences, and the unique learnings from crafting this exceptional film.

Mums in Film – Podcast with Ruby Challenger
Friday, 9 February, 10 am – 11 am

Tune in for a live recording of the MUMS IN FILM podcast, where Ruby Challenger explores the nuances of being a working mother in the film industry. With special guests to be announced, this podcast will delve into themes of work/life boundaries and the challenges of navigating motherhood in the dynamic world of filmmaking.

In Conversation with Marta Dusseldorp
Sunday, 11 February, 11 am – 12 pm

Join us for an intimate conversation with Marta Dusseldorp, a stalwart in Australian drama with a career spanning over three decades. From period pieces to thrilling crime dramas, Dusseldorp has graced both screen and stage. Learn about her journey, the roles that defined her career, and the intricacies of working in the diverse landscape of Australian television and film.

HIGH COUNTRY Showcase with Leah Purcell
Sunday, 11 February, 2 pm – 1 pm

Experience the talent of one of Australia’s leading actors, Leah Purcell, as she takes centre stage in the HIGH COUNTRY Showcase. With award-winning roles in theatre, film, and television, Purcell’s latest venture showcases her versatility as an actor, executive producer, and cultural advisor. Get an exclusive glimpse into the making of this international series.

In Conversation with Author Bonnie Garmus
Sunday, 11 February, 5 pm – 6 pm

Engage in a one-on-one discussion with international best-selling author, Bonnie Garmus. Join us as she talks about her journey from copywriting to publishing her beloved novel, “LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY.” Gain insights into the lived experiences that inspired her writing and the creative process behind bringing her novel to life.

Instagram and Beyond with Celeste Barber
Sunday, 11 February, 1 pm – 12 pm

Don’t miss the chance to engage in an exclusive one-on-one interview with the uproarious Celeste Barber, the Australian comedian and social media sensation. Known for her hilarious and relatable parodies of celebrity images, Barber has taken the world by storm. Join us for an entertaining session as she shares her insights into comedy, social media, and beyond.

For more details and to book your spot, visit aactafestival.com. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the Australian film and television industry at the AACTA Festival, where inspiration meets entertainment.

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