Ausfilm’s Partner with Australia Week kicks off in Hollywood

Lauren Elliott is 1 of 14 Australian producers invited to attend Ausfilm’s annual, exclusive Partner with Australia Week in Los Angeles. Across four days, the producers will meet with 34 leading US production companies, talent agencies, TV networks and digital streaming platforms including HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Valhalla (The Walking Dead), EuropaCorp, UTA, The Weinstein Company and Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard Films (Gone Girl, Wild, Tink).

The week consists of 1-2-1 producer collaboration sessions over two days, providing opportunities for producers to showcase their slate of film and television projects and attract interest from US film and television production companies.

“The group is garnering excellent interest from our US friends. There’s a diversity of feature and high-end TV drama projects, which are very creative opportunities for development with US partners. We’re two days in and there is great buzz from both sides of the table,” said Ausfilm CEO Debra Richards.

The Ausfilm Partner with Australia program was established nine years ago to showcase Australia’s film and television producing talent and creative teams and to help them to foster international business relationships and partnerships with the aim to drive production and post-production to Australia.

Joining Lauren in Hollywood are Claudia Karvan (Love My Way, House of Hancock, The Secret Life of Us), Sarah Shaw and Anna McLeish from Carver Films (Snowtown, Partisan), Kristian Moliere from Triptych Pictures (The Babadook) Rosemary Blight, founder of Goalpost Pictures (Cleverman) as well as Stephen Lance from Antihero Films, Leanne Tonkes from Sense and Centsability, Cecilia Ritchie and Polly Staniford from Aquarius Films, Jodi Matterson from Wild Eddie, Jannine Barnes from Happening Films, Josh Tanner from Perception Pictures and Anna Vincent from Southern Light Alliance.

Lauren returns home to Perth on Monday 4 July, just in time for the WA Screen Awards 2016 at which Mad Kids have nine award nominations for The Legend of Gavin Tanner, The Shapes and DAFUQ?