British film-producing powerhouse David Puttnam‘s Brisbane visit this week highlights the value of events for the knowledge economy.
Responsible for popular classics like Chariots of Fire, The Killing Fields and The Mission, Puttnam has travelled to Brisbane to speak at two screen events, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards’ (APSA) Industry Program and the World Congress of Factual Producers (WCSFP).
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk welcomed Puttnam and said he was thrilled for local industry to hear from a cinema veteran whose internationally-acclaimed films have collected ten Oscars, 25 BAFTAs and the Palme D’Or of Cannes.
“Each year, the Asia Pacific’s top filmmakers fly to Brisbane to attend the awards and with 600 of the world’s leading producers, distributors and broadcasters in our city for the congress, it’s a wonderful opportunity for the screen industry,” Cr Quirk said.
“Events like this are important to Brisbane because they inject economic impact to the city by filling hotel rooms and boosting our tourism and hospitality industries.
“They also leave a lasting legacy for the city as thought leaders like David Puttnam inspire our own industry by sharing knowledge and wisdom gained through years of experience.
“Brisbane is already a business and cultural leader in the region and thanks to events like these, the city is fast-building a reputation as a burgeoning film hub.”
Puttnam has visited Brisbane more than a dozen times as a result of a long-standing relationship with both APSA and Griffith Film School.
Puttnam has been a frequent guest lecturer at Griffith Film School, delivering a number of keynote addresses and web seminars on music in film and producing in the 21st century.
Puttnam was also President of the APSA International Jury in 2010 and returned once again in 2016 to head a special jury consisting of previous Jury Presidents.
As part of the APSA Industry Program, Puttnam’s free masterclass Tomorrow’s Screen Careers in a Rapidly Evolving Screen Industry was presented in partnership with the Griffith Film School and addressed how emerging filmmakers can adapt to the rapidly evolving film landscape.
The program also includes several panel discussions, networking functions and screenings across Queensland. High profile APSA nominees will experience Brisbane, including trips to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and the Gallery of Modern Art, and a site visit of one of Brisbane’s premiere post-production facilities, The Post House.
At WCSFP, Puttnam will head the free public event A Spark of Inspiration where he will discuss the links between his history as an active politician and environmentalist, and the production of his forthcoming film Arctic 30.
The bid for WCSFP conference was led by Brisbane Marketing, in partnership with the Queensland Government, Screen Queensland, ABC and SBS.
APSA was a significant drawcard for WCSFP and has helped secure a pipeline of screen industry events for Brisbane, including 2019 SIGGRAPH Asia.
The 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on 29 November.