In this newsletter:
- The WCSFP Family Tree meets The Human Genographic Project
- Early-bird deadline fast approaching! Hotal rooms going quickly
- Congress travel tips
- Launch events a tremendous success
- NHK joins Congress as Gold Sponsor
- Reaching Your Audience – The 24th Annual SPAA Conference
Congress organizers are thrilled to announce that scientist, author and documentary filmmaker Spencer Wells has been confirmed as a guest speaker at this year’s event. National Geographic’s Explorer-in-Residence, Spencer will share with us the latest extraordinary findings from The Genographic Project.
Hundreds of thousands of participants from around the world – including a number of WCSFP luminaries – have had their cheeks swabbed and their DNA analyzed in the bid to reveal the genetic roots and the migratory history of everyone on earth. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn what drove our ancestors to make so many different journeys, and to find out which particular branches of the human migration tree our WCSFP luminaries have descended from.
Want to have your own DNA analyzed and migratory history revealed? Register for this year’s event before Friday, October 2, and have your name entered into a draw for the chance to discover your deep ancestry at the 2009 Congress!
The early-bird registration deadline is less than one month away. With a number of hot button sessions and invaluable networking events already announced, the 2009 WCSFP is gearing up to become the most rewarding Congress to date!
Register at www.wcsfp.com before October 14 and save $200. Don’t forget that group rates are available for companies sending three or more colleagues.
Rooms at the host hotel, the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, are going fast. Book your stay today to take advantage of preferred rates.
For more information on registration, accommodations and programming, visit www.wcsfp.com.
Let us help you plan your trip to Australia! Congress Travel Tips will offer advice on travel deals, as well as sights and attractions in and around Melbourne.
Delegates in the Los Angeles area can take advantage of an excellent offer from V Australia. Non-stop flights from LAX to Melbourne are showing up for as low as $934 U.S. on Expedia.com! If you are flying from elsewhere in North America, an affordable flight to L.A. coupled with a V Australia flight to Melbourne may be the perfect travel option.
Stay tuned to upcoming eBulletins for more travel tips and information.
Organizers would like to thank Film Victoria and Screen Australia for hosting spectacular launch events in Melbourne and Sydney last week. Attendees were given a sneak preview of the Congress program and the chance to network and discuss various ways to participate. At the Melbourne launch, a panel of scientists pitched their work to many of the Victoria-based producers in the room. The two launch events invoked the spirit of the WCSFP, generating excitement about the Congress’ impending arrival in Australia.
The WCSFP welcomes back long-time partner NHK as a Gold Sponsor of this year’s Congress. Japan’s sole public broadcaster, NHK operates five television channels that reach 47 million households, and continually undertakes new international co-production projects.
For more information on WCSFP sponsorship opportunities, contact Jennifer Hobbs.
A premier business and networking event for film, television and 360 media producers, the 24th annual SPAA Conference will take place in Sydney, Australia from November 17 to 20, 2009. The program offers a mix of interviews, panel discussions, pitching events, master classes, demonstrations and social events, with opportunities for business development and networking in a relaxed environment. Past attendees include key Australian and international industry practitioners. Special events include 360 Market, Seven Ready Steady Pitch, Kids Market and SPAAmart.
WCSFP members can attend the Conference at the SPAA member rate! Access this offer by ticking the WCSFP box when registering online.
For all the latest news and info on events and speakers, visit www.spaa.org.au/conference.
WCSFP is now on Twitter. Follow us @WCSFP for updates on this year’s event and share information on Melbourne, travel deals and the industry at large via the hashtag #wcsfp09.
This is a republishing of the WCSFP e-newsletter originally sent to subscribers on 16 September 2009