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Screen Connects: Film Festival Forum

Screen Connects: Film Festival Forum

This webinar was held on Thursday 4 June. A recording will be availiable on this page soon. 

Screen NSW’s online Film Festival Forum brings together the NSW film festival community to discuss common issues, share knowledge, and provide opportunities for business development and virtual networking.

Organisations in the events and festival sector are facing real and immediate challenges due to COVID-19. Whether you’re a new film festival starting out or an established festival that’s been running for years, this forum will look at common issues facing everyone. The panel will cover topics including income streams, knowing and growing your audience, corporate giving and sponsorship, future proofing, and sustainability.

Moderated by Gary Paramanathan Founder, Colourfest, this webinar includes focused sessions with:

  • Leigh Small, CEO Sydney Film Festival, discussing film festival business development, models for marketing structures and shared approaches, and lessons from the Travelling Film Festival;
  • Camille Lattouf, Director Lebanese Film Festival, sharing experiences in finding your audience and fruitful sponsor partnerships; and
  • Janine Collins, Principal, J9 Consulting, exploring diversifying income streams, and sustainability.


Gary Paramanathan 

Gary works at the intersection of arts, culture and community. Gary is currently the Outreach Manager at AFTRS, he has previously worked in Western Sydney on community arts and cultural development projects, including with ICE, Fairfield City Council, Penrith City Council, Parramasala, Diversity Arts Australia to name a few . He founded the short film festival Colourfestand the storytelling night Them Heavy People. He holds a Masters in International Communications. Gary is passionate about migrant and diaspora storytelling, and hopes to add to the rich tapestry of diverse Australian storytelling through his work.

Leigh Small

Leigh joined Sydney Film Festival as CEO in 2010. She has worked for over 30 years in management positions in many of Sydney’s performing arts companies, including Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, and as Executive Director of Sydney Dance Company for 10 years. She has worked as a freelance producer for Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the English National Ballet. She has held board positions including Belvoir St Theatre and as chair of Redline Productions at the old Fitz.

Janine Collins

Janine  diversifies income streams and builds private sector revenue through business partnerships, philanthropy, cultural tourism and commercial activities. She has recently presented in Beijing, New York and Tokyo to business, government and non profit organisations on these topics in addition to Board workshops around Australia. She has directly raised 30M and leveraged more in the education, human rights and cultural sectors, transforming “at risk” and start up organisations to sustainable enterprises. Her clients include cultural precincts, government agencies, indigenous, media and arts organisations. Janine is a Board member of leading arts companies, Performance Space and Urban Theatre Projects. Further information is available at

Camille Lattouf 

Camille is a co-founder and director of the Lebanese Film Festival. Camille is passionate about sharing the stories of Lebanon, it’s people, culture and traditions to Australian audiences, whilst contributing to the accessibility of arts in Bankstown and Western Sydney. Camille is an urban planner by day, with a strong view that a city is defined by its people and their ability to engage, learn, create and prosper. The Lebanese Film Festival seeks to be one platform that enables people to do this.


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