Join Dov Kornits of Pivot Pictures and Gil Scrine of Antidote Films for an honest conversation on the state of the Australian feature film and documentary marketplace. Learn what they look for in content and when is the right time to approach them with your project.
Pivot Pictures distribution credits include Crock of Gold, The Killing of Two Lovers, he Swallows of Kabul, Talking about Trees and The Legend of Five. Antidote Films credits include Love Opera, The Snowman, Utopia and Death of a Gentleman.
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Dov Kornits is a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Film & Theatre graduate from the University of New South Wales. Soon after graduating, Dov produced a film review show on Community Television, and was also freelancing as a film reviewer and features writer for a number of media outlets, including Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, Nine MSN and Oyster Magazine. In 1997, Dov co-founded FilmInk Magazine, a consumer movie magazine that he still publishes as website .
In 2017-18, Dov worked as Head of Theatrical for Umbrella Entertainment, releasing films such as Jungle, Rip Tide and various others. In 2018, Dov started his own distribution company FilmInk Presents, and in 2019, he brought in Lou Balletti (ex head of Digital at eOne) as a business partner to the business, which is now called Pivot Pictures. Through this company, Dov has helped release films such as Talking About Trees, The Swallows of Kabul, Romance on the Menu, Sweet River and many others.
Gil Scrine started in the film industry in 1972 making short documentaries on Super 8 then 16 mm. He got his first job in the industry at ABC’s 4 Corners in 1976 where he lasted one hour before being kindly moved to ABC Education’s editing facility in The Cottage at Gore Hill. Here he stayed for 10 months learning the editor’s craft from old timers, Mike Honey, Sue Howard and Peter Vile. Gil left the ABC, perhaps mistakenly, to seek a career as an independent filmmaker. With a couple of business partners, Gil started Filmworks in Chippendale, Sydney and made his first 2 documentaries there (THE BAD SOCIETY & HOME ON THE RANGE: The CIA in Australia). He travelled to the US, Europe and UK with HOTR and returned to begin work on BURIED ALIVE: The story of East Timor, following Jose Ramos Horta around the world as Foreign Minister at large. This film took Gil on many world trips in production and then distribution. Gil’s self-distribution to date had paid off, Filmworks was sold and Gil started Gil Scrine Films as a business that would both produce and distribute.
Over the next 25 years, Gil worked as an independent distributor, successfully bringing a range of international documentaries and dramatic features to ANZ cinema screens. He made STRANGERS IN PARADISE )1988) as a response to the Bi-Centennary, followed by his Documentary Fellowship film, A THOUSAND MILES FROM CARE, about the Manly Daily and its takeover by Murdoch. In 2009, Gil started Antidote Films Pty Ltd to enable all rights to be exploited under the one brand. Gil created Cinema Ventures Ltd as a not-for-profit cinema company that worked with philanthropy in partnership with filmmakers to pioneer what later became known as “Impact Producing”. With internet partner, Louise Van Rooyen and a Screen Australia Enterprise Grant, Gil started Beamafilm in 2010 to exploit VOD rights using a unique library-licensing system. Beamafilm is still half-owned by Antidote Films.
Gil’s recent return to production under a new company name (Petrie Street Pictures Pty Ltd) is set to make a number of projects currently in the works, “RELUCTANT SAVIOUR: Australia’s secret war on East Timor” - his own film and MEET THE WALLERS a longitudinal fly-on-the-wall study of an Australian family, filmed over 20 years by Gil’s long-time collaborator, Jim Stevens. Several other new titles by friends and colleagues are settling into their start positions at the gate.