Arts/Screen Hackathon

 Held in November 2017, the Arts/Screen Hackathon was a two-day event that explored and generated ideas with the aim of increasing Australian screen content inspired by the arts.

Over 60 emerging artists and filmmakers, technologists, digital storytellers, entrepreneurs, gamers, and those curious to create new ideas joined the event. Supported by expert mentors and established artists, the participants developed ideas to increase Australian screen content that bridged the arts, screen and tech industries.

The event was delivered in partnership with a range of industry partners including the Australia Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Screen Australia, Screen Producers Australia and Hackathons Australia. Tata Consultancy Services supported the event and funded the First prize (valued at $5,000) that was awarded to Metamorf.

Metamorf is a prototype for a machine-learning enabled smart bridge to help producers find original Australian content to adapt for screen and stage. Producers will be able to freely enter search terms (such as 'noir', 'stranger things') and get suggestions for related Australian books, plays, pictures, et cetera, along with the ability to option them. The members of Metamorf were Melissa Lee Speyer (artist), Imogen Hopper (filmmaker), Will Tan (developer) and Sreeja Gupta (technologist/coder).

The event was facilitated by Michelle Manner ‘hackathon Queen, founder at variant X from Melbourne. The Judges included Michael Carrington (Head of Children's and Education, ABC TV), Kirstin Sillitoe (Google Creative Lab), George Sotiropoulos (Assistant Secretary, Classification Branch, Content Division, Department of Communications and the Arts) and Nikhil Bhardwaj (Regional HC-LS Sales, TCS A/NZ).


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

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