MIFF 37° South Market returns in person with expanded shutters

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This year’s MIFF 37° South Market – the first to be held in person since 2019 – has a stated goal of “reconnecting the screen industry”, promising more conferences, seminars and panels , as well as revamped and expanded panes.

Applications are now open for the event, which will take place during the opening weekend of the Melbourne International Film Festival.

As usual, 37° South will host “Bridging the Gap” meetings to connect producers with a script project and financiers, and the “Breakthru Screenings” strand, where screen content buyers view films completed looking for sales/distribution.

The “Books at MIFF” strand, which sees publishers pitch manuscripts to producers for screen adaptation, will be held on the first day of the market, August 4.

The ‘PostScript&Direct (PS&D)’ module, which connects scriptwriters and directors with producers to develop their contacts and generate interest in their work and skills, returns in an expanded format – taking place over two afternoons of meetings, networking events and discussion panels. Eligibility has been expanded to include both web series creators and development managers from major production companies.

‘Link-Up’, making its in-person debut, fosters relationships and business opportunities between registered producers and 37ºSouth’s partner film agencies as well as private sector film service organizations; and “Nexus”, where owners of screen adaptation rights in broader intellectual property assets (such as podcasts, games, plays, news articles, online content, comedies musicals, short stories) pitch their creative properties to producers for potential film/TV adaptations.

“Despite the professional challenges of the past few years, one of the benefits was that having to bring last year’s market online provided opportunities to think differently, test new systems and try to add at 37ºSouth‘s blend new elements like a wider range of IP rights holders, service companies, TV projects and TV funding, development managers, a wider palette around emerging creatives, and more » , said Mark Woods, director of 37ºSouth Market.

“This year’s ‘in-person’ launch of these new, road-tested modules – alongside the resumption of classic market strands, acclaimed networking events and bespoke meeting agendas – ensures 37ºSouth’s return as a updated and expanded in-person event reconnecting the screen to the industry during the 70s opening weekende edition of MIFF – the oldest and largest film festival in the southern hemisphere.

Applications close June 17. MIFF 37° South Market runs August 4-7.

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