Sunday, 5th July

3:00 - 5:00PM
Kirsty Mate

Kirsty Máté


Join designer Kirsty Máté on repurposing household items and discuss sustainability options in this pre-conference workshop.

5:00- 6:00PM

Delamere Winery Network Drinks

Virtual Drinks

Network drinks with Delamere Vineyards. Enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine included in our virtual drinks ticket option and network with other delegates. Savour the flavour of a cool weather beverage from the Pipers River Estate.

Monday, 6th July

09:00 - 9:10AM

Festival Opening


The virtual freelance festival welcome address. What to expect over the next two days.

9:10 - 9:40AM
Dr Marcus Bowles

Keynote - Dr Marcus Bowles

The Future of Work

What does the future of work look like and how do we meet the challenges ahead? Dr Marcus Bowles presents the latest research, what this means for freelancers and options for upskilling and diversifying your employment options.

09:45 - 11:00AM

Panel Discussion

The Future of Freelancing

Nina Hendy, Gary Nunn, Dr Penny O'Donnell, Fran Molloy, Danielle Cronin

Moderator: Aarti Betigeri

What will freelancing look like in a post Covid world? Join journalists, editors and entrepreneurs in this lively discussion on future freelancing directions.

11:15 - 11:45AM
oliver garside

In Conversation

Accounting demystified - Learn how to save time and improve your bottom line

Oliver Garside, Founder and Director of Rounded and Holly Shoebridge Director of Oceans Acccounting and Advisory will discuss financial futures.

12:00 - 12:45 PM
Simon Harman


Me, myself, and my source — Staying secure

Whether you’re on the road or working from bed, it’s always important to keep security in mind. Simon Harman walks you through keeping your digital information safe in 2020.

1:00 - 3:00PM


Choose from comedy writing, adobe software skills or the Google News Initiative. Details below:

Rachel Berger
oliver garside


The Joke's on You

Even if you have no interest in your local open mic night, knowing the structures and rhythms of comedy can be great for your storytelling skills.

John Bergin
John Bergin


The Google News Initiative

Keywords, data and deep searches. The Google News Initiative will demonstrate how freelance journalists and writers can delve deep into search engines to find stories.

Dr Tim Kitchen
Dr Tim Kitchen

Creative Software

Simple and powerful video production with Premiere Rush

Premiere Rush is a new and simple to use Adobe tool that allows freelancers to use their phone, tablet device or their laptop/desktop to capture and edit moving and still images as well as audio to help tell a story or share an idea in an engaging and creative way.

Tuesday, 7th July

09:00 - 09:10AM
Sue Bell

Welcome Back

Day 3 Overview

General information about sessions and workshops.

09:15 - 09:45AM
Louisa Graham

In Conversation

Louisa Graham - The Walkley Foundation

Hear from the Walkleys Chief Executive Louisa Graham on the how the Walkley Foundation recognises outstanding freelance journalism and the opportunities available for the future

10:00 - 10:45AM
Nick Tantaro

Panel Discussion

The Future of Film

Join Nick Tantaro (Director) and Owen Tilbury - BOFA Festival Director for a lively discussion on the future of film and television.

11:20 - 12:00PM
Eric Black


The Future of Superannuation

Eric Black will discuss how to make sense of your super, what freelancers need to consider for their futures, how current circumstances have affected super funds, and what the future may hold for superannuation.

12:00 - 12:40 PM

Lunch Break

Take some time off for lunch.

12:40 - 1:00PM
Claire Bell



Join Claire Bell for a wonderful relaxation session to calm your mind, soothe your body, and boost your immune system in this 20 minute session.

1:00 - 3:00PM
Esther Coleman Hawkins

Workshop: Esther Coleman Hawkins & Denise Eriksen (2 hours)

Supercharging Your Freelancer Life!

In this session Esther and Denise from Media Mentors will build on the rest of the festival’s content to help you launch, relaunch or revive your freelance career. They will conduct a skills audit, teach you how to find new markets and pitch to them, find inspiration and the courage to get started and finally they will help you write goals that will transform your working life.

Dr Tim Kitchen

Wrap up

Where to from here

Festival overview and future directions.