Game Connect 07 - State Government Initiatives for Startups and Existing Game Development Companies. Learn about the numerous programs, grants and funding available to game developers, new and established, in Victoria and Queensland.
Audience: Managers, Producers
Andrew Ferrington, Multimedia Victoria
Mark Fludder, Queensland Government
Amelia King, Film Victoria
Andrew Ferrington, Director, ICT Investment & Business Development in Multimedia Victoria
Multimedia Victoria is the Government"s agency to promote information and communication technology across the State. A journalist by trade, Andrew worked on "The Age" and "The (Melbourne) Herald" newspapers. Moving into technology, he worked for both large Australian corporations and multinationals in a variety of marketing, selling and strategy positions. He joined the Victorian Government in 1997. Andrew has post-graduate degrees in economics/finance, law and public policy from NSW, Melbourne and Monash universities.
Mark Fludder, Information Industries Bureau, Queensland Government
Mark has a background in Business Development, Human Resources, Marketing and Information Systems. He has been involved with a number of business start ups in the Recruitment and HR industries and has extensive experience in business planning and systems development and implementation. Mark"s four years with the Department of State Development and Trade have been spent in business advisory roles servicing predominately in the ICT sector, with a special focus on the development of the electronic games industry. Mark holds qualifications in Journalism (undergraduate), Marketing Management and Information Systems (post graduate).
Amelia King, Manager, Digital Media Fund, Film Victoria
Amelia King has 20 years experience working in the cultural industries. She started her career at Arts Victoria in the Special Projects branch where she was responsible for managing industry development programs in the performing arts including Halftix, Theatre Sports in Schools and Theatre Standby. This was followed by a brief stint acting as the Executive Officer for the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres and 5 years as General Manager with Experimenta Media Arts where she shifted the focus of the organisation away from exhibition of experimental film to the digital media positioning it as Australia's leading digital media arts organisation. Since 1998 Amelia has worked for Film Victoria introducing successful programs such as the Attachment Scheme and Producer Business seminars. She moved into her current role of Digital Media Fund Manager in 1999. In this period Amelia has reviewed the Fund's activities a number of times introducing new programs to ensure they reflect the changes within the creative digital media industry. She is directly responsible for the Prototype Development and Production Investment programs and oversees the implementation of the other digital media programs including Digital Scoping, Digital Media Internships and Producer Support.