5 Queenslanders headed to AIMC


The Australian International Movie Conversation (AIMC) attracts record numbers of delegates from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United States and Europe and offers screen industry practitioners the opportunity to network with Australian and international distributors.

This year SQ had five AIMC passes on offer for writers, producers and directors looking to attend to promote their projects, network with industry and gain knowledge about the latest trends.

The five Queenslanders headed to AIMC 2019 are:
Karolina Berkell-Kirk

Karolina is a multi-faceted filmmaker with over 10 years’ experience of working in the UK, Australia and Sweden in a variety of roles for companies like Warner Bros. and SF Studios. Over the last few years Karolina has been focusing on creative producing, developing a diverse slate of projects which spans across international co-productions within the immersive VR/360 space, to a preschool TV animation series based on a Penguin published book, to a period drama.

Some of her previous productions have screened at a variety of international film festivals like Berlinale, Aspen Shortfest and most notably being selected to run for the Academy Awards Live Action Shorts category with the Croatian/Slovenian/Swedish film “Into the blue”. Karolina is an active member of the local Australian film unions like MEAA and SPA, as well as sitting in the WIFT Australia (Women In Film and Television) steering committee.

Steve Jaggi

Best known for his globally selling Young Adult titles (Back of the Net – Disney, Rip Tide – Netflix) Steve oversaw $8M+ of production expenditure in 2019 including the teen film Swimming for Gold starring Peyton List which is slated for theatrical release in 2020. He oversees a suite of companies which develop IP, produce, post-produce and co-finance both in house and third-party titles.

Dean Law

Dean is an emerging Australian director and producer of genre cinema, as well as one half of an AWGIE nominated writing team with his partner, Brazilian-American screenwriter Katherine Chediak Putnam. Their films have been selected for many of the world’s most celebrated genre festivals, including Sitges Film Festival, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, and ScreamFest LA.

Sallyanne Ryan

Sallyanne has enjoyed a career spanning thirty years as an entertainment and media professional. Her work across film, television and radio in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne has provided a broad range of experience across those industries. In 2004, she wrote and acted in the short Tropfest finalist film “Chipman” starring Damon Herriman. Her lengthy career has led to working alongside industry luminaries such as Eric Bana, Eric Avari, Bill Bennett, Darren Ashton, The Sprierig Brothers and Internationally renowned Leica Ambassador Dennys Ilic. Sallyanne is currently completing final year studies for a Master of Arts in Screen Business through AFTRS, after her first internationally distributed feature as Producer working with Director Ashlee Jensen, Project Eden, was released in 2017.

Ruby Schmidt

Ruby is a screen practitioner and producer from Brisbane, Australia. Ruby’s recent credits include Line Producing the four-part NITV/France TV series ‘Elements’ for WildBear Entertainment and Production Managing the MIFF Premiere Fund and Netflix feature documentary ‘Iron Fists and Kung-Fu Kicks’ which recently screened at Sitges and Fantastic Fest Prior to this Ruby worked as Development Executive at Carbon Media across a diverse slate of projects including ‘League Nation Live’ (NITV), ‘Sesame Street Season 47’ interstitials.

Ruby is currently producing the one-off LGBTIQ documentary ‘Belonging’ for Network Ten and also in development on a slate of independent projects for new and traditional screens through her production company Toy Shop Entertainment. Projects include the Screen Queensland supported online series ‘Hashtag Travel’ and Indigenous comedy series ‘Zaroville’ with TikTok star, Ian Zaro, supported by Screen Australia.