ACMI and Film Victoria announce the return of Series Mania Melbourne

After last year’s inaugural Series Mania Melbourne turned out to be a huge success, the world-renowned TV festival will make its return to ACMI this year from 19- 22 July, 2018. The festival will give both fans and members of the local TV industry a look into global trends within drama, comedy and web series alike. The festival will include a free public program as well as an industry day for Q&As, various panels and masterclasses.

Series Mania Melbourne sits alongside sister festival Series Mania, the 10-day event likened to the Cannes of the TV industry. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley commented on the festival, stating “Victoria is a hub for Australian television production and talent and at a time when we’re experiencing a boom in TV and web series, Series Mania Melbourne will bring us the best selection of new local programs alongside ones to watch from across the globe. We were proud to host Australia’s first Series Mania in 2017 and look forward to building on its success this year.”

Both ACMI and Film Victoria will come together to provide a launch pad for both local television projects and web series, all while attracting global attention and investment. It should also be noted that Melbourne is the only city outside of Europe to host Series Mania.

The 2018 festival will attempt to build on and strengthen the success of Series Mania, as the first held sold out screenings to world premieres of critically acclaimed series including Sunshine and Get Krack!n.

Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher added to the festival’s growing prestigious nature commenting, “Melbourne TV fanatics will be treated to an array of series from across the globe while both public facing events and a dedicated industry day will provide local TV producers, writers and directors with the latest global trends in drama, comedy and web series.”

Series Mania Melbourne is jointly presented by ACMI and Film Victoria and will take place from 19 – 22 July, 2018 at ACMI. For more information and ticket purchases, you can visit


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Matthew Arcari

Matthew Arcari is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. You can find him on Twitter at @sirchunkee, or at the Dagobah System, chilling with Luke and Yoda.