YMF Session Announcement: Bridging the Gap – Career Pathways for Emerging Talent

Saturday 28 May 2016

ATOM and ACMI are proud to announce the following panel for the Youth Media Festival program:

Bridging the Gap: Career Pathways for Emerging Talent

This panel seeks to explore career pathways for emerging talent in the screen industry.

With the increasing number of screens demanding new and engaging content, it would appear that study in screen offers fertile employment opportunities. However, with most screen graduates facing several years of ad-hoc work before securing a reasonably stable job, a degree is no longer enough.

This panel of training providers will discuss their challenge to balance curriculum with providing opportunities that address industry skills gaps, with a focus on the space between learning and earning.

A healthy screen industry relies on successful talent regeneration, fresh ideas, new perspectives, new and diverse voices, and new audiences. What qualities do the talent of tomorrow need, and how can they gain the time and opportunity to prove themselves equitably and sustainably?

Moderator: Christina Alvarez, Board Director, Sydney Film Festival


Panellists: Martin Brown, Director of Award Courses, Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS);

Rebecca Johnston, Head of Acting, International Screen Academy;

John Cumming, President of the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA);

Donna McRae, Lecturer in Film & Television, Deakin University