The Melbourne International Film Festival announced at Cannes the establishment of Australia's first international film forum within its festival environment. 37 South: Bridging The Gap will be a major networking event taking place July 26-28. The event is designed to bring together Australia feature film producers with a range of potential partners.
"We will be inviting eight to ten key international sales agents, producers and financiers to join us for a combination of formal and informal sessions," said Executive Director Richard Moore. "This is a place where guests will meet the best of our established film community and the next wave of emerging talent."
The announcement of 37 South was made possible through the support of the Victorian Government and complements new financing agreements made by the Australian government earlier this year. The Australian industry has been buoyed by the new financial arrangements and is predicting an upsurge of activity in the realm of 25% over the next two to three years. [Peter Knegt]