A day in the life of Meg Pascoe – Festival Producer, Peninsula Short Film Festival

A day in the life of Meg Pascoe – Festival Producer, Peninsula Short Film Festival

Ever wondered what it takes to have a career in the Events Industry?

A quick fire question round with Meg Pascoe, Festival Producer of Peninsula Short Film Festival has given us first hand insight into her career. What is involved in executing one of Mornington’s most popular outdoor events and the skills you need to succeed.

Employment and Education are the proud main sponsor for the Peninsula Short Film Festival (PSFF). It is an exciting and unique event held annually on Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula.

The free event is a chance for film makers to make their mark and film goers to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the creative work of the arts industry.

Although Meg had other ambitions in becoming a Spy, her career has seen more than 15 years experience in running events and working across some of Australia’s biggest events at that! Including Melbourne’s Grand Prix, Australian Fashion Week and Tropfest.


Quick fire round begin!


Where are you from?

I live at Arthurs Seat on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.


What did you want to be when you were younger?

A spy or a writer.


What was your first job?

Working in a fish and chip shop.


Did you study?

Yes, I’ve continually studied. I have a BA Social Science (a major in Sociology and a minor in Public Relations) a Diploma in Writing and a Certificate in Direct Marketing.


What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spending time with my family – hiking, bike riding, watching movies (of course) and I’ve just got into kayaking.


What is your job currently?

I’m currently Festival Producer for Peninsula Short Film Fest. This role is across everything. I’m primarily responsible for the planning and delivery of the Festival. From program development, marketing, sponsorship, film submissions, event coordination to administration, contracts and budgets – I’m involved in it all!


How did you get an event like PSFF get off the ground?

My business partner, Steve Bastoni, founded PSFF. I have been onboard since the first Festival and we became business partners a year or so down the track.

It’s a hard slog getting an event off the ground and Steve and I have complementary skills that have certainly brought PSFF to the event it is today.

PSFF is a free event and relies purely on sponsorship to run, this means that Steve and I spend much of our year locking down sponsors and planning marketing activations to maximise their involvement.

We have involved the local community at every stage possible, from hiring locals to help run the Festival to showcasing local produce and businesses and ultimately growing the local economy and arts sector. We have been really lucky in that the local community have embraced the event and are our biggest supporters.


What is your most favourite thing about being in the Events Industry?

No two events are ever the same; you’re constantly trouble-shooting and coming up with creative solutions. You’re always learning and trying new things in the events industry.

When it comes to PSFF – there are two parts I absolutely love. Firstly the films we get to see. It’s inspiring to see so many great stories being told from so many great filmmakers.

Secondly, I love seeing PSFF grow year on year. This year we had 5,000 people packed in to the Village Green in Rosebud to view PSFF. It felt fantastic – it’s like a party that we’re holding and everyone enjoying it is amazing.


What is your least favourite thing about being in the Events Industry?

Pack down after the event. It has to be done and is only a small part of the job, but it’s my least favourite bit. Outsourcing this is great, if your budget allows.


What advice would you give to students interested in getting into Events?

It’s a fun, diverse, great career! You need a calm head in times of stress, organisational skills, a good eye for detail and it certainly helps if you’re passionate about the event you’re creating or working on. Lastly, it’s not brain surgery, things go wrong and that’s ok, what can seem like a major disaster to you is often never noticed by the public.


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