Indie Film Alternative Distribution with Richard Sowada, Neil Foley and Dean Francis

Time Sat 19 Sep, 4:00pm

Price Full $16 / Conc $14

Bookings (02) 9550 3666

Tickets On sale now @ Factory Theatre


With emerging technologies and new hybrid exhibition platforms, alternative distribution models are no longer the experiment but are the norm for a vast majority of filmmakers. This masterclass has gathered three diverse practitioners including Richard Sowada (Programming ACMI/Perth RevFest), Neil Foley (Founder of Monster Pictures/Monster Fest) and Dean Francis (Filmmaker/self distributor of Drown). A must for anyone wanting to discuss the future and new directions for distribution, creating an audience, online strategies and pitfalls to avoid when planning your film.


Richard Sowado

Richard Sowada has been an active player in the Australian screen culture sector for nearly two decades. As founder/director of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival from 1997-06, Sowada built a considerable reputation as an uncompromising film curator and vocal advocate of screen culture activity. Since late 2006, Sowada has ensconced himself as Head of Film Programs at the country’s leading screen culture organisation, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Sowada has previously acted as script and project assessor for the ScreenWest and the Australian Film Commission, curator/tour manager for the regional film festival Big Screen, 2001 AIDC Conference Director and lecturer in documentary. He has been working on a PhD examining the works of Frank Capra for the US Government in WW2 for longer than he cares to remember.

Dean Francis

Dean Francis a multi-award winning director, producer and cinematographer. Francis’ first feature as director, the supernatural thriller ROAD TRAIN (aka ROAD KILL) was released in 50 countries and garnered critical acclaim on its 2010 Australian theatrical release including the Special Jury Prize at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Francis has directed and shot over a dozen short films which have screened at more than a hundred international film festival and been honoured with awards for direction, cinematography and acting. VERMIN which tells the story of an exterminator obsessed with a feral cat-boy was nominated at the Australian Directors Guild Awards and premiered at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. BOYS GRAMMAR attracted national media attention for its graphic depiction of homophobic sexual violence and generated over a million YouTube views. Dean holds a Master of Arts in Directing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where he won Best Directed Drama Award. Dean is the owner of jj splice films which has a diverse development slate of projects in film, television and web. In 2012 Dean set out to shoot the ambitious DROWN, based on an acclaimed Queensland Theatre Company play by Stephen Davis. Dean adapted the play, then produced, photographed, edited and directed the film of DROWN which was completed in 2014. DROWN is one of the fastest-selling films in its genre around the world and has secured distribution in the US, UK and Europe and strong critical response around the world.

Dean Francis Filmography

Drown (2014) Director / Producer / Writer / Cinematographer / Editor Feature Film (90 minutes) Road Train (2010) Director Feature Film (90 minutes) Vermin (2006) Writer / Director, Short Drama (22 minutes) Afterlife (2005) Director, Short Drama (9 minutes) Boys Grammar (2005) Director, Short Drama (7 minutes) Transgression (2004) Writer / Director, Short Documentary (6 minutes) Too Little Justice (2004) Director, Short Drama (7 minutes) Crazy Richard (2002) Director / Writer / Producer / Editor, Short Feature (64 minutes) I Can’t Even Think Straight (2000) Director / Writer / Producer Internet Television Series (2 X 24 minute episodes) Dupion (2000) Writer / Director / Editor, Short Drama (9 minutes) Dysposia (1999) – Writer / Director / Editor, Short film (21 minutes) Escape from Hell (1998) Writer / Director / Cinematographer, Short Drama (9 mins) Cult of Beauty (1998) Writer / Director / Cinematographer, Short Drama (11 minutes)

Neil Foley

Neil Foley has worked in and around the Australian film industry since graduating from RMIT Media Arts in 1994. Whilst Foley’s studies were in film production, it was acting that drew him into the industry, making numerous appearances on Australian feature films and in television during the 90’s and early 00’s. In 1998 Foley wrote and directed the feature film BIGGER THAN TINA, which premiered at MIFF in 1998 and was subsequently released on Australian screens and on VHS by Palace Films. In the following years he worked in the industry directing corporates, music video’s etc. In 2010 he established Monster Pictures with his long time collaborator, BIGGER THAN TINA Producer Grant Hardie. Foley is the co-owner and creative director of Monster Pictures, responsible for the artistic direction of the company, it’s acquisitions as well as initiatives such as Monster Fest, and House of Monster, its community hub website. In 2013 Foley established the Monster Micro-Nasties feature film production initiative that will see his return, and Monster Pictures first foray, into feature film production in 2014.