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Filmmaking Legals for Indigenous Productions

October 3, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Are you an Indigenous Australian filmmaker or working on films that include Indigenous themes? Want to ensure you’ve got your copyright clearances and contracts in place and you know your rights and responsibilities in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and themes?

Your entire crew are volunteers so they don’t need to sign a contract, right?
That song on that really old CD is soooo old it must be copyright free, right?
You’ve spoken to the local Land Council so its all good to go, right? 

A panel of film industry representatives will discuss and enlighten you to the legal side of filmmaking. From permissions, release forms, contracts, copyright and insurances with special attention paid to your obligations when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. If you’re serious about taking filmmaking seriously, then this industry panel is a must.


Our Panelists

Stephen Boyle


The nuts and bolts of copyright, contracts and film law. Stephen will provide practical and easy to understand tips and advice to safe guard your production.

Suzanne Derry

Arts Law lawyer

How Arts Law can help you. Suzanne will explain the vital free information Arts Law gives on a daily basis to the Australian filmmaking industry and how you can benefit.

Pauline Clague


Pauline is from the Yaegl nation of Far North Coast of NSW and has produced numerous short films, documentaries and television programs dealing primarily with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content.

Eloise Schnierer

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Gilbert + Tobin and Senior Policy Officer at the National Congress of Australia’s First People. Eloise also has a background in screen working on NITV shows, at Foxtel and her own projects, and is the Vice-President of Metro Screen.

The importance of knowing your rights and responsibilities as a filmmaker. Eloise will tease out the important points to pursue and talk frankly about the legalities of production.

More panelists – to be confirmed. 


October 3, 2013
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Metro Screen
Paddington Town Hall, Cnr Oatley Rd & Oxford St
, 2021 Australia