Australian Directors' Guild   


The ADG offers various professional development programs throughout the year. For full selection criteria, and information regarding current opportunities, please subscribe to the ADG Newsletter and follow us on social media. Alternatively, please contact Belinda Button via email at

ADG-40 First-Hand Mentoring Webinars

To celebrate 40 years since the ADG was established, we wanted to do something special for all our members, by offering 40 group mentoring sessions with some of Australia's most exciting directors.

Each week, the ADG hosts short/sharp Zoom webinars in a moderated Q&A format. These sessions are provided free-of-charge to ADG members across Australia. Registrations are required and participants send in their questions when they register. A mix of questions are curated to provide ‘first-hand’, real-world guidance on the craft of directing,  career progression and on navigating the screen industry.

These webinars are moderated by the ADG’s Strategy & Development Executive Ana Tiwary. Feel free to email her at if you have any questions or feedback. 

Director’s Attachments

Since 2016, the ADG has worked with screen agencies and industry partners to provide high-level career-building attachment opportunities for our members. 

We continue to seek invaluable on-set experiences working with Australia’s leading directors across all screen platforms.

To stay up-to-date with director’s attachment opportunities & callouts, please subscribe to our ADG newsletters, and visit our social channels. If you have independently sourced a director’s attachment opportunity, we can also assist with contracting and funding applications.

Please contact us via email at

DirectOne - Shadow Directing Program

DirectOne is the ADG’s industry-leading shadow directing program (initially funded as part of Screen Australia’s ‘Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers’ initiative) to get more women directing TV drama. Recently this has been extended to comedy series and serials, funded by a host of industry partners, and now providing shadow directing opportunities to a wider cohort of underrepresented, emerging screen directors.

For upcoming opportunities and announcements about shadow directing subscribe to the ADG Newsletter or for specific information email

Directing Intensive

Screenworks, in partnership with the Australian Directors’ Guild and Linnaeus Estate Education Fund, offers emerging and early-career directors living in regional NSW and regional Qld, an opportunity to connect with and learn from, two of Australia’s most accomplished screen directors in a two-day intensive on the craft of screen directing.

The Directing Intensive involves professional industry advice delivered to the group, and specific project-driven mentoring by highly-experienced drama and documentary working directors who are members of the ADG.

Further information about the 2022 intake for this program, is available here.

Screenworks Director Pathways

The Director Pathways Program is a professional development program, delivered in partnership with Screenworks and with the support of Create NSW. 

This bespoke career development opportunity, for directors living in regional Australia, is designed to increase the directors’ skillsets and industry experience, and is supported by the ADG with tailor-made career plans and the provision of relevant screen industry introductions.

Applications for Screenworks Career Pathways Programs are OPEN!

For more information and full details on how to apply go here

Deadline for applications: 5pm AEDT Friday 29 October 2021. 

Screen Diversity Showcase

This Showcase, comprising both online career development panels, filming opportunities and script workshopping, is designed to showcase the work and careers of diverse writers, directors and performers – culminating with an in-person Showcase to industry leaders. The Equity Foundation and Australian Writers’ Guild are our partners for this program – the 2021 Showcase will be held in November this year.

Director applications for the 2022 Screen Diversity Showcase will open early next year.

ADG Metro Screen Fellowships

The Australian Directors’ Guild is shortly to commence administration of the final year of the ADG Metro Screen Fellowships – providing funded career development opportunities to up to three practitioners across the industry via the OPEN FELLOWSHIP; and production funding for short-form projects for directors under the PRODUCTION FELLOWSHIP.

These competitively-funded opportunities are open to both ADG and non-ADG members.

The next rounds of the Fellowships are due to open at the end of 2021. To keep up-to-date, please subscribe to the ADG newsletter and social channels, or contact us via email at

AiF Talent Gateway

Talent Gateway is an initiative for established Australian practitioners, including directors, to expand on their skills and connect with key US decision-makers to bring Australian voices to an international audience. Partnering with Screen Australia and Australians in Film (AIF), the 2021 recipients for Talent Gateway are: Alice Foulcher and Gregory Erdstein, Elisa McCredie, Humyara Mahbub and Naomi Higgins, Jon Bell, Samuel Van Grinsven & Vanessa Alexander. The Australian Directors’ Guild assists our Talent Gateway director participants with professional career advice, and mentoring and development opportunities.

For further information about this program, please click here, or email us as

The Australian Directors’ Guild also continue to hold regular in-person and online development opportunities for our members, such as:

  • The Business of Directing seminar
  • Director’s Intensives (with Australian and international directors)
  • Directing Actors workshop
  • Screen Language For Theatre Directors workshop
  • ADG-supported Director Delegations to Screen ForeverScreenMakers Conference and CineFestOz.

To stay up-to-date with all Australian Directors’ Guild professional and career development opportunities, please subscribe to our ADG newsletters, and visit our social media channels.

For any queries about specific Professional Development Programs and Opportunities, please email Belinda at

If you have questions about becoming an ADG member, please contact Paula at

The ADG would like to thank our industry partners for their ongoing financial assistance supporting

ADG's annual cultural events and industry development programs: