Poco talks
Hear from the best of the Australian film industry.

‘Poco Talks’ is an intimate experience for our Regional Victorian audience and an exciting opportunity to be in the room with a panel of Australian film industry leaders, presenting live on stage at the Terminus Theatre in the Goods Shed.

This event will hear some of the best Australian talent talk to our audience about their success both in Australia and beyond our shores. It will be inspirational for all young and emerging artists, to hear how to forge a career in the arts, and achieve international success, regardless of your postcode.

2024 Industry speakers.
Poco Film Fest is proud to announce our 2024 Australian film industry speakers.
Mark Molloy
Feature Film Director
Ballarat born and bred Film Director Mark Molloy, now based in LA, recently directed the upcoming blockbuster movie 'Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley' (2024) for Netflix. A multi-award winning director, Molloy is also known for his short film series of 'Apple at Work - TheUnderdogs,' which has received over 150 million views to date.
Danny Philippou
Feature Film Director / Actor
South Australian born twin brothers Danny and Michael Philippou rose to success with their YouTube channel RackaRacka. Talented actors and directors, their recent feature film 'Talk To Me' (2023) won them Best Direction in Film, at the 2024 AACTA Awards. Danny joins us straight from production of their new feature ‘Street Fighter’.
Noora Niasari
Feature Film Director
Tehran-born, Australia-raised Noora Niasari is a Writer/Director and Co-Founder of Parandeh Pictures.

A graduate of architecture and cinema, Noora’s debut feature, SHAYDA starring Zar Amir Ebrahimi and Executive Produced by Cate Blanchett - premiered in the World Dramatic Competition of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Audience Award and went on to be nominated in the First-Time Theatrical Feature Film category of the 76th DGA Awards.
Alexei Toliopoulos
writer / filmmaker / comedian / podcaster / film critic
Alexei is a writer, filmmaker, comedian, podcaster, film critic and technically, an internationally acclaimed investigative documentarian. Alexei created and stars in the investigative-comedy YouTube docuseries 'Finding Yeezus' (2022). The cult series is a follow-up to their ABC podcasts 'Finding Drago' and 'Finding Desperado'.
James Thompson
senior lecturer at SAE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
James is a senior lecturer at SAE University College with 12 years experience teaching undergraduate courses in cinema studies, media studies and film production; RMIT, Monash University. He is a hands-on producer, director, writer, and editor with work exhibited in film festivals across the globe and publications in major international academic journals passing peer review.
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Where is the Poco Talks event held?
Poco Talks will be held at the Goods Shed Ballarat.
When and what time is Poco Talks?
August 2, 2024 at 2:00pm
Can I purchase tickets on the day?
Yes! Subject to availability.
Can I purchase drinks at the event?
Yes. A licensed bar will be open for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage purchases. All drinks are permitted in the auditorium.