Keynotes & Other Sessions

Full list of sessions and speakers

To view the full schedule of sessions and speakers, and to connect with other delegates, please download the Guidebook app (available for iOS and Android) and search for ‘Screen Futures’. (Alternatively, you can view the list here.)

A PDF version of the program can be downloaded here.


Summit Highlights

(For details on all sessions, including breakouts such as workshops, see the full schedule on Guidebook.)


Pre-conference Activities:
Thursday 30 June

SYN Media Tour

RMIT School of Media and Communication Tour

AFI Research Collection Workshop

Melbourne Screen Industry Tour

(The first fifty early birds who registered for Screen Futures will have first priority when bookings open for this event.)

Opening Night (feat. Tripod)

Come help us celebrate the launch of Screen Futures Summit and Youth Media Festival for 2016, with opening remarks from ATOM, ACMI and The Hon. Martin Foley, MP, Minister for Creative Industries.

This event will be held at ACMI and feature live entertainment from Australian musical comedy trio Tripod and three-piece jazz band ’Round Midnight.

Please note: This event is open to summit ticket holders and invited guests only. It is not a public event.


Day 1:
Friday 1 July


Professor Paul Wells

Inter-animating Life, Love and the Universe: Or How We All Learned to Multi-mediate, and Why Animation Can Save the World …

Graeme Turner

The Re-invention of the Media: Issues for the Future of Media Studies


Screen Culture, Identity, and Diversity on Screen

Sue Maslin, David Vadiveloo, Julie Kalceff, Rosie Lourde and Rebecca Mostyn

The Family Law Screening with Q&A

Benjamin Law, Julie Eckersley, Andrew Arbuthnot and Moneth Montemayor


Day 2:
Saturday 2 July

See below for the special Multiliteracies Sessions presented by VATE and ALEA.


Guillaume Deront, YouTube AUNZ’s Online Partnership Manager

Share your passion and grow an audience on YouTube.

Jon Callow

‘They Are the Booming Things’: Interpreting, Creating and Assessing Multimodal Texts with Primary Students (programmed by VATE and ALEA)


Noni Hazlehurst AM

AFI | AACTA presents: Power and Influence in the Media


Indigenous Community Media from the Bush to the City:

Philip Batty, Warwick Thornton, Curtis Taylor and Neil Turner

Envisaging, Interpreting and Creating Texts in the Classroom

Jon Callow, Annemaree O’Brien and Jo O’Mara (programmed by VATE and ALEA)

Ready for This Live Q&A and Webinar

Join the ACTF for a live Q&A discussion with the cast and creative team from one of Australia’s groundbreaking new teen dramas.

Barracuda Q&A

Christos Tsiolkas (Associate Producer; Author of the adapted novel by the same name), Elias Anton (cast as lead character Danny Kelly) and Tony Ayres (Producer, Matchbox Pictures)


Day 3:
Sunday 3 July

See below for the special games program at ACMI.


Leena Van Deventer

Beyond ShootyBang’s Revenge: The Storytelling Potential in Games

John Cabrera

Content as Community

Professor Yong Zhao

Special Video Link


Future of Journalism and Media

Jock Given, Matthew Ricketson, Sally Whyte (Crikey) and Richard Bean (ACMA)


(Day 2)

For the first time, peak Victorian teaching associations the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA) and the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) are collaborating with Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) on a program for the Screen Futures Summit.

These sessions will focus on the interplay between Media, Literacy and English, and how this can be realised in classroom practice. Issues, ideas and understandings will be discussed and debated by key Literacy and English educators.

Keynote speakers, informative panels, and a range of practical workshops pertaining to primary and secondary English and Literacy, have been carefully planned to engage discussion around using language to both create and interpret texts in new and original ways.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr Jon Callow

‘They Are the Booming Things’: Interpreting, Creating and Assessing Multimodal Texts with Primary Students

Plenary Panel:

Envisaging, Interpreting and Creating Texts in the Classroom

Jon Callow, Annemaree O’Brien & Jo O’Mara (Moderator: Christine Evely [ACMI])


Jo O’Mara

Game Making as Language and Literacy Curriculum

Susan Bye and Anna Kuch

From Print to Screen: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Tim Nolan

Questioning Reality: The Media, and its (Re)Construction of Truth

Anthony Young

Memes and Podcasts as Literature

Natalie Stewart

Harnessing Digital Tools in the English Classroom

Annemaree O’Brien

Visual Focalisation and Designing Meaning in Visual Texts

Lisa Norris and Deborah Cohen

Transforming early years’ literacy strategies with Little J & Big Cuz


(Day 3)

These sessions have been designed to inspire, support and develop teachers’ understanding and skills in order to include game design in their Digital Technologies classes. Game design, game play and learning from games provide a range of engaging means for students to learn computational and design thinking, as well as developing game narratives.

Keynote speakers, masterclasses and a range of practical workshops pertaining to primary and secondary classrooms are planned to be accessible to teachers of all skill levels.


Dan Golding

Videogames: Australia’s Cultural Force Hidden in Plain Sight

Vincent Trundle

Games Literacy: Taking Charge of the Beast

Scott Knight

Transmediality and Film-to-Game Adaptation


Code Club Australia

Scratching the Surface

Kieran Nolan and Tom McGann

Minecraft VR

Josh Caratelli

Let’s Make Games! Game Engines to Power the Classroom


Sessions Formats

Plenary Sessions

Keynote Speaker

Session is programmed exclusively. A noted speaker of international or national repute, speaking on a topic that has significant cultural, theoretical or practical implications for the production and consumption of media and the screen.


A moderated presentation and discussion between four or five industry practitioners, education leaders or experts in a field. Topics will be linked to the themes of the conference and those developed by the preceding keynote. Relevant resources will be made available online.

Breakout Sessions


An opportunity to focus on a topic in greater depth. An expert will share insights and experiences from working in media education or the creative media industries. Relevant resources will be made available online.


A presenter who delivers an academic paper, case study or research findings to a smaller audience. May include discussion/interaction with/between delegates.


A skills development session delivered by expert teachers, industry practitioners or education service providers. Includes hands-on training and supply of practical resources that can be used in the classroom. Relevant resources will be made available on the day.

Screening with Q&A

Screening followed by a Q&A session. May include films, series, other media productions, education-based media initiatives or resources.