About

The Australian Directors' Guild (ADG) is a registered union and industry association representing the interests of film, television and digital media directors, documentary makers and animators throughout Australia.

We are a registered organization under the Fair Work (Registered Organizations) Act 2009, representing Australian Directors who are employees.

After a long campaign over many years, the Guild became a registered union on 4 March 2015.

The ADG works to promote excellence in screen direction, encourage communication and collaboration between directors and others in the industry, and provide professional support for its members.

The ADG is proud to represent the key creative elements of the Australian independent production sector, and maintains its high profile in a cultural and policy role by addressing issues affecting the industry from a broad perspective.

ADG Staff

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Kingston Anderson

CEO

kingston@adg.org.au
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Patricia Laksmono

Events Coordinator

adgevents.adg.org.au
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Courtney Rawlings

Professional Development Coordinator

development@adg.org.au

Chapter Heads

Within each state there is an ADG Chapter Head that members can liaise with and who organises events on the Guild's behalf for their local membership base. Feel free to contact your Chapter Head at any time

VICTORIAN Chapter Head

Mark Poole

vic@adg.org.au

QUEENSLAND Chapter Head

Sally McKenzie

qld@adg.org.au

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN Chapter Head

Dr Cathy Henkel

wa@adg.org.ua

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN Chapter Head

Dave De Vries

sa@adg.org.au

TASMANIAN Chapter Head

Lucien Simon

tas@adg.org.au
 

ADG History

The Australian Directors Guild was conceived of by a group of 18 directors that felt that their interests as directors weren’t being represented in Australia’s film and television industry.

From humble beginnings with board meetings at the local pub to official unionisation and over 900 members in 2015, you can read more about the history of the ADG at ScreenDirector.org

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THE ANNUAL ADG AWARDS

The ADG Awards were established in order to celebrate the outstanding achievements and contribution by Australian Directors in the fields of film, television and new media platforms.
 
The annual Australian Directors Guild Awards are the only peer-judged awards for directors. These prestigious Awards cover the breadth of screen directing, with categories across feature film, documentary, television, Subscription Video on Demand, commercial, short film, animation, online and music video.
 
In 2017, the awards was held once again at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins - on Friday, 5 May 2017. 
 
For more information about 2018 Awards Submission, please click here or contact awards@adg.org.au or call 02 9555 7045.
 
Here are the full list of the Winners of the 2017 ADG Awards and congratulations for all the winners!
 
BEST DIRECTION IN A FEATURE FILM
Garth Davis for Lion
 
BEST DIRECTION IN A SHORT FILM
Luci Schroder for Slapper
 
BEST DIRECTION IN A STUDENT FILM
Meaghan Palmer for Tasty
Morgan Healy for Disabused
 
BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Dan Jackson for In the Shadow of the Hill
(High Commendation - Pete Gleeson for Hotel Coolgardie)
BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY SERIES 

Sally Aitken for Streets of Your Town
 
BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Bentley Dean, Martin Butler and Liz Jackson for A Sense of Self
 
ESBEN STORM AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A CHILDREN'S TV OR SVOD DRAMA 

Robyn Butler for Little Lunch Special: The Nightmare Before Graduation
 
BEST DIRECTION IN A TV OR SVOD DRAMA SERIES
Emma Freeman for Secret City – The Watchers (Series 1, Episode 2)
 
BEST DIRECTION IN A TV OR SVOD DRAMA SERIAL
Gary Conway for Neighbours Block 1458 Ep 7509
 
BEST DIRECTION IN A TV OR SVOD MINI SERIES
Kevin Carlin for Molly
 
BEST DIRECTION IN A TV OR SVOD COMEDY PROGRAM 
Matthew Saville for Please Like Me – Burrito Bowl (Series 4, Episode 5)
 
BEST DIRECTION IN AN ONLINE COMEDY PROJECT 

Damien Cassar for Lowering Awareness
 
BEST DIRECTION IN AN ONLINE DRAMA PROJECT
Christopher Benz for ReWriteYourStory - CONNOR
 
BEST DIRECTION IN COMMERCIAL CONTENT
Craig Melville for Air New Zealand - Summer Wonderland
 
BEST DIRECTION IN A MUSIC VIDEO 

Matthew Chuang for Made of Fire Artist: Fire to the Stars
 
THE MICHAEL CARSON AWARD
Daina Reid
 
THE CECIL HOLMES AWARD
Courtney Gibson
 
THE ADG INNOVATION AWARD
Girl Geek Academy
To download the press release, please click here.