Arts/Screen Hackathon

Arts/Screen Hackathon is a two-day event exploring and generating ideas to increase Australian screen content that is inspired by the arts.

Could there be an app to help screen producers secure rights to the next play like Secret River? What do new arts platforms look like – could they encourage screen writers to turn operas into Oscars? Award winning novels into cult status series?

We are calling all emerging artists, filmmakers, technologists, digital storytellers and those curious to create new ideas. Join like-minded creative thinkers, supported by expert mentors and established artists, to come up with ideas to increase Australian screen content bridging the arts, screen and tech industries. Thanks to our principal sponsor, Tata Consultancy Services, there will be great prizes to be won. Make sure you are part of the experience!

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body.

Event details

Dates:   Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 November 2017

Time:   9.30am–5.30pm each day

Location: Australian Film Television and Radio School
The Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent St, Moore Park NSW

This is a free event and full catering will be provided.

The event starts on the Saturday morning with an introduction to the challenge. The hackathon includes discussions with mentors/artists, an exploration of themes and your chance to build on your ideas. Sunday concludes with judging and awarding of prizes.


1st Prize 


Who should attend?

Anyone interested in exploring artistic digital and screen projects, emerging artists, emerging filmmakers, technologists, digital storytellers, entrepreneurs and gamers.

In partnership with the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), dedicated spots will be available for students currently studying at AFTRS.


Michelle Mannering

Michelle Mannering
‘Hackathon Queen’
Founder: Variant X


Michael Carrington
Head of Children's and Education,

Kirstin Sillitoe
Google Creative Lab

George Sotiropoulos
Assistant Secretary, Classification Branch
Content Division
Department of Communications and the Arts

Nikhil Bhardwaj
Regional HC-LS Sales

Special Guests

Matthew Sleeth
Multi-disciplinary artist
Director GUILTY

Maggie Miles
Producer/Writer on GUILTY


Carli Leimbach

Carli Leimbach
Creative Strategist
Co-design facilitator

Patrick Nolan

Patrick Nolan
Artistic Director
Opera Queensland

Michela Ledwidge

Michela Ledwidge
Founder and CEO
Mod Productions

Kevin du Preez

Kevin du Preez
Director Capacity Building
Australia Council

Wendy Mather

Wendy Mather
Creative Industry Business Advisor

Thomas Duncan-Watts

Thomas Duncan-Watt
Summer Palace Productions

Tea Uglow

Tea Uglow
Google Creative Lab

Elliott Bledsoe
Copyright Officer
Australian Digital Alliance
Director of Agentry

Nerida Moore
Senior Development Executive
Screen Australia

Sarah Houbolt

Pieter (Pia) Aquilia 

Head, Screenwriting
Australian Film Television & Radio School

Tara Searle
Chief Information Officer
National Film and Sound Archives of Australia

Jeremy Smith
Director Community,
Emerging and Experimental Arts
Australia Council

Kosta Nikas
Co-Founder, The Green Room

Watch this space for further announcements.

Registrations have now closed.

Contact us

For more information please contact Kevin du Preez on 02 9215 9024 or

Arts/Screen Hackathon Supporters

Principal Sponsor

tata consultancy services

Venue and Industry Partner


Industry Partners

screen producers australia


Community Partner


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event of any duration where people come together to find solutions to specific problems. Hackathons started in the software development space but it does not always involve technology. Participants form groups around a particular idea and collaboratively develop a unique solution. A prototype of the idea is normally developed at the event. Support is provided during the hackathon with subject matter experts and a panel of judges choose the best ideas for a prize.

Who should attend the event?

The event has been designed for aspiring and emerging artists, filmmakers, technologists, digital storytellers, entrepreneurs and gamers. The event will suit people who has an interest in exploring digital and screen projects that intersects and crosses artistic boundaries. If you are unsure if the event is for you, please contact to find out more.

Is there a charge to participate?

No, the event is free and includes all catering.

Why should I participate?

Arts/Screen Hackathon is a unique opportunity to connect with participants with different skills and backgrounds. You will have a chance to explore new ideas for Australian content for screen intersecting with an artistic practice. It is a great opportunity to build your networks, win great prizes and see your ideas come to life.

Can I join the hackathon as a team?

Yes, however you may be asked to take on additional members at the event. You will have to keep an open mind. Each team member must register individually and indicate their team by name or note other members during the registration process.

What do I bring?

Bring the 'tools of your trade' e.g. your video camera, laptop, smartphone, VR technology etc. We will provide stationery, Wi-Fi and food. Bring extra water and snacks.

Is there any support throughout the hackathon?

Yes. Mentors with digital, artistic and film expertise will be available throughout the event to challenge and support ideas raised by teams.

I will not be able to attend the whole weekend, can I still register?

To get the most out of the experience, you need to be able to attend both days.

Who will facilitate the hackathon?

The Hackathon will be facilitated by Hackathon Queen, Michelle Mannering. To learn more about Michelle visit her website.

Who owns the IP of what is made at the event?

The ideas you create during the Hackathon belong to you and your team.

Does the Australia Council help with travel reimbursement?

The Australia Council is piloting this method of engagement and our budget is limited. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide participants with travel reimbursement at this point.

Does the Australia Council fund film projects through its core funding program?

While we can support screen-based art, we do not generally support activities associated with feature film, television or documentary.

Is there an age limit for who can attend?

Yes. You must be over 18 years old at the start of the event.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact Kevin du Preez at the Australia Council for the Arts for more information via email at or 02 9215 9024.

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