More than 400 delegates flocked to the Paddington Town Hall and Chauvel Cinema last weekend to commune at SPAA Fringe, a forum for emerging Producers to gain knowledge, be inspired and evoke innovation within the film industry. Held over two days, SPAA Fringe included interactive workshops, key note speakers, roundtables, one-on-one’s and obligatory networking festivities such as Opening and Closing night drinks.
SPAA Fringe Director, Gaylee Butler deemed the conference a huge success:
‘The sense of excitement inspired by meeting new people and gaining useful contacts was palatable. The only negative feedback was that people couldn’t attend everything on offer so I’m pleased to say that 95% of the sessions are available online from today.’
Highlights from SPAA Fringe included AVID Fast Flicks, a short film competition in which four teams competed against the two day clock to produce, edit and live stream their short film. The proud winners of AVID Fast Flicks Sean Lynch, Christopher Baker and Damien McDermott who wrote, produced directed and edited the movie Aime Filmez Equipage walked away with prizes totaling in excess of $10,000 and including Avid Media Composer Software for MAC or PC valued at $7430 and a return airfare to QLD plus SPAA conference registration valued at $1800.
Garrick Simeon, Marketing Manager at Avid Australia, was impressed by the commitment and community spirit which resulted from this initiative:
‘Four teams, four cameras, four Avids and only two days! The enthusiasm and passion shown by the Fast Flicks finalists was incredible – turning around a short film in such a short space of time was an amazing effort by everyone involved. Congratulations to the Fast Flicks finalists and SPAA.’
SPAA FRINGE would like thank the NSW FTO, Avid Australia, Fringe bar, SBSi and all local partners.
SPAA Fringe was brought to you by the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) an industry body that represents Australian independent film and television producers on all issues affecting the business and creative aspects of screen production.