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Call for Papers: ASPERA Annual Conference 2024

Updated: Nov 3

Theme: Filmmaking Intelligences - the future of authentic, creative and artificial approaches in teaching and research

Conference Dates: Tuesday 26th November to Thursday 28th November 2024

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Location: Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Film, Games and Animation, School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education

Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday March 1st, 2024.



The Australian Screen Production, Education and Research Association (ASPERA) invites submissions for its 2024 annual conference, exploring Filmmaking Intelligences - the future of authentic, creative and artificial approaches in teaching and research. This conference aims to delve into the multifaceted landscape of contemporary screen production, in vocational and higher education, research, and the screen industry, with a focus on the dynamic intersections and transformative potential of authentic, creative and artificial intelligence.

The Creative and Authentic Voice in filmmaking encapsulates the unique vision, experiences, and sensibilities of the creator. It is the essence that distinguishes one filmmaker’s work from another’s, shaping narratives with a distinctive touch.

Artificial Intelligence, on the other hand, brings a new dimension to the creative filmmaking process. By leveraging vast datasets and neural networks, AI systems can generate story outlines, suggest dialogue, and even create visual elements. AI’s ability to analyse patterns and generate content may help filmmakers with predictions about audience preferences. Does the integration of AI in filmmaking offer unprecedented tools to enhance creativity, streamline production, and explore the potential for AI to act as a creative collaborator?

The potential for AI collaboration introduces a new dynamic between the human filmmaker and the machine, blurring the lines between creator and co-creator; challenging traditional notions of authorship, beyond the boundaries of cinematic expression.

Moreover, AI's ability to process and analyse vast amounts of data enables informed decision-making at various stages of production, from script development, pre-visualisation, scene generation, camera movements, post-production and marketing strategies. Filmmakers may harness this knowledge to craft narratives that resonate deeply with their target audience, ultimately enhancing the impact and reach of screen projects.

Authenticity remains a critical component in this evolving landscape. While AI generates content, it is the human touch that infuses film with genuine emotion, cultural context, and a unique perspective. Does a creative and authentic voice act as a guiding force, ensuring that technology serves the vision, rather than overshadowing it? How will filmmakers navigate the delicate balance between leveraging AI's capabilities and preserving their own artistic and creative integrity?

Will this intersection democratise filmmaking? AI tools may lower barriers to entry, enabling aspiring filmmakers with limited resources to create compelling content. How will AI empower storytellers from diverse backgrounds to share their narratives, enriching the cinematic landscape with a multiplicity of voices? How can educational institutions harness these affordances through curriculum design in vocational and higher educational settings?

In the quest for authenticity, AI also presents an opportunity to address issues of representation and diversity. AI driven insights allow filmmakers to make informed decisions about casting, character development, and cultural nuances: ensuring that a broader range of experiences is authentically represented on screen.

The convergence of Filmmaking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Creative and Authentic Voice marks a transformative moment in the history of cinema. It empowers filmmakers with powerful tools, expands the possibilities of storytelling, and challenges conventions of authorship. Through careful navigation of this intersection, filmmakers have the potential to create works that resonate more deeply, reach wider audiences, and reflect a broader spectrum of human experiences. This dynamic interplay between human creativity and technological innovation promises a future where the art of filmmaking knows no bounds.

Conference Topics:

We welcome contributions addressing the following themes:

1 Filmmaking Education intersecting with Artificial Intelligence: This topic invites investigations around:

  • Vocational and Higher Education curriculum design to accommodate and integrate AI technologies in the screen production classroom.

  • Ethical Considerations and Representation regarding AI in filmmaking

  • Visual Effects, Animation and Virtual Production intersecting with AI-Driven Assets exploring Cinematography, Dynamic Scene Generation or AI-Enhanced Previsualization.

2 Filmmaking Research and the Creative and Authentic Voice:

This topic invites investigations around:

  • Examining authenticity in storytelling and the representation of diverse voices.

  • Techniques and technologies for capturing and preserving authentic performances.

  • How effective are AI-driven innovations in shaping the cultural landscape of filmmaking

3 Decolonising Filmmaking, [National] Voices and the Cultural Wave

This topic invites investigations around:

  • Strategies for decolonising narratives and representations in screen production.

  • The role of indigenous voices and perspectives in reshaping the film industry.

  • Representations of Australian identity and culture in filmmaking and analysing emerging trends and cultural shifts in contemporary screen production.

  • Equity and diversity in screen production education, and research.

  • Strategies for fostering inclusivity and representation in the film industry.

4 Screen Production Traditions, Mobile Media and Industry Enquires:

This topic invites investigations around past ASPERA topics and the latest trends in:

  • Script Development and Screenwriting

  • Independent Filmmaking and Distribution

  • Screen Business and the Streaming Services

  • Screen Copyright and IP.

  • Screen and Mobile Media

  • Documentary Filmmaking

  • Animation productions in 2D and 3D

Submission Guidelines:

Abstract Submission Due: Friday 1st March, 2024 to

  • Solo or co-presented research papers, (up to 20 minutes) Please submit a 300-word abstract (in PDF format) outlining your proposed paper

  • Themed Panels presentations for 90mins - Panels of 3 x 20mins OR 4 x 15mins thematically linked solo or co-presented research papers followed by questions.

  • Please submit a 600-word abstract (in PDF format) outlining panel theme and proposed papers

  • Roundtable discussions for 90 minutes - led by a chair bringing together 4 to 6 participants (including the chair as a participant if speaking as well as chairing) to offer short (up to 6 minute) position statements or interventions designed to trigger discussions around a central theme, issue, or problem. As such, a roundtable does not involve the presentation of formal research papers but rather is designed to create a forum for the participants and audience to engage in a shared discussion. The format is flexible and can be adapted to allow members of the roundtable to introduce exercises or other activities where appropriate.

  • Please submit a 600-word abstract (in PDF format) outlining your proposed panel.

  • Full Paper Submission: Please indicate if you are interested in participating in an Edited Collection based on this conference theme - Upon acceptance, details on full written papers (5000 words) will be updated when arrangements are finalised.

  • Presentation Formats: Accepted papers will be presented in panel sessions, and selected papers will be considered for publication.

Key Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday 1st March, 2024

  • Notification of Acceptance: Wednesday, 1st May 2024

  • Conference Dates: Tuesday 26th November to Thursday 28th November 2024

  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: TBA

Contact Information:

For inquiries and further information, please contact:

Professor Susan Kerrigan

Department Chair, Film, Games and Animation,

School of Social Sciences, Film, Media and Education,

Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Join us at the ASPERA Annual Conference 2024 for a vibrant exchange of ideas, insights, and collaborations at the forefront of Filmmaking Intelligences - the future of authentic, creative and artificial approaches in teaching and research

Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne


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