Screen Producers Australia has announced that the annual Screen Forever conference will remain on the Gold Coast for another three years.
“We are thrilled to be extending our stay in the Gold Coast, Queensland and want to thank the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and the City of Gold Coast for their continued support. Since moving to Queensland, the conference has showcased the state’s diverse locations and world-class facilities. We are confident that industry professionals, both locally and internationally, will share our excitement for another three years up north,” said SPA CEO Matthew Deaner.
“Screen Forever is critical to the health of the Australian film industry and, on average, brings together over 1,000 local, national and international film industry professionals, promoting and strengthening the Australian film industry, and we can’t think of a better place to do it for another three years than Queensland.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “The event has been incredibly valuable to our local economy, as both the film industry and tourism sector continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic.
“This new deal comes just months after the Gold Coast signed another three-year deal to host Australia’s Academy Awards – the AACTA.
“Events like these reinforce the city’s reputation as Asia Pacific’s premier film hub.
“It’s a place where ideas are born, where business is done, where the cameras roll, and where we honor the excellence of the screen.
“And all of this leads to more jobs for Queenslanders.
“I thank Screen Producers Australia for their investment and continued contribution to film culture and jobs in Queensland.
“Screen Queensland welcomes the continuation of our Screen Forever partnership with Screen Producers Australia. The Gold Coast is the heart of Queensland’s thriving film production sector and remains the perfect environment to bring the industry together and focus on the future.
“This three-year agreement provides increased opportunities for Queensland professionals and businesses to take full advantage of Australia’s leading screen conference being held right here in the sunshine state,” said Dr Belinda Burns, Acting CEO, Screen Queensland.
“What a fantastic announcement for our city and the industry,” added Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
“I thank Screen Producers Australia, Screen Queensland and the state government for supporting our industry which has grown significantly over the past four years.
“The next three years will increase the opportunities presented to us.”
The Gold Coast also hosted Eurovision: Australia decides, the bachelors and a long line of television productions, but recently lost the Logie Awards in Sydney.