Australian Directors' Guild

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The ADG is proud to launch our program for our upcoming conference, Director’s Cut. Held in Sydney at SunStudios on Saturday, August 20th.

Check out the full program and purchase tickets here. 

With the theme of ‘Cutting Through the Noise’, the program announced today includes a landmark panel DIRECTOR AT THE CENTRE, featuring Daina Reid and Bus Stop Films’ Genevieve Clay-Smith, exploring the role of the director in helming a coherent vision of the screenplay in a world of showrunners and creative collaboration.

Conference sessions include:

  • MIND THE GAP – JUMPING TO PAID WORK, partnered with AFTRS, joined by directors Murli Dhir, Tin Pang and Lucy Gaffy who’ve all made the jump to paid work and discussing the many pathways to get there;
  • RIGHTS, REPRESENTATION & RESIDUALS, Lawyer Greg Duffy joins agent Jennifer Naughton and ASDACS’ Debra Jackson on this business-focussed panel and Q&A session which will provide practical real-world insight into effective representation and key contract terms including director’s rates, authorship & moral rights, retransmission rights and streamer residuals.
  • POINT OF IMPACT, featuring Ben Lawrence and Catherine Scott, which looks at how impact campaigns can benefit scripted productions, not just factual
  • CULTURAL SAFETY ON SET, with Ana Tiwary and Katrina Irawati Graham, the two will take a deep look at the ground-breaking cultural safety document Katrina and Sara Richardson (Endemol Shine) created while working on the STAN ‘Bali’ TV series to ensure cultural safety on set.
  • HOME’N’AWAY, featuring Monica Zanetti, Matt Moore and Shawn Seet who will discuss the juggling act between a career at home and pursuing international opportunities; and
  • INNOVATIVE PATHWAYS, with Netflix’s Penny Smallacombe and director Stef Smith guiding delegates through strategies to ensure directors’ work is valued and seen.
  • FIRST-HAND WITH CATE SHORTLAND, Headlining the conference is our live FIRST-HAND with leading Australian director, Cate Shortland (Black Widow, Lore, Somersault, The Kettering Incident, Deadline Gallipoli), interviewed by Ana Tiwary will be an in-depth conversation about Cate’s career in Australia and overseas.

Included in the ticket prices will be a webinar, to be held later in the year, which is a collaboration with Screen Well. The webinar will look at the ways in which a director can assist with the wellbeing of their crew/cast and how to manage work/life balance. 

Tickets are $150 to attend in person and $75 for the live stream (+ GST).  

Tickets available here:

View the program here:

The Australian Directors' Guild, Australian Cinematographers Society and WIFT Australia 

invite the screen community to:

Solidarity with Ukrainian Filmmakers

DATE: Saturday, 6 August 2022

TIME: 2pm-3pm (AEST)

REGISTRATION: Registration is FREE but required.

Everyone in the screen industry is invited to attend this webinar to hear directly from five Ukrainian filmmakers about the challenges they are facing and how we can provide practical support. For more details click here


July 26, 2022

Sydney, Australia - The Australian Directors’ Guild stands in solidarity with Iranian directors Mohamad Rasoulof, Mostafa Al-Ahmad, and Jafar Panahi. It strongly condemns their detention by the Iranian Authorities and urges the Iranian Government to immediately free Mr Rasoulof, Mr Al-Ahmad, and Mr Panahi.

Read the full ADG statement here

Head here for more from the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk.  

Sign the petition at here


Leading Australian actors, directors, writers, producers and crew joined together last night for the national re-launch of the Make it Australian campaign at the Sydney Film Festival Hub in Sydney Town Hall and online. 

Joining the industry were the new Minister for the Arts, the Hon Tony Burke MP and Minister for Communications, and the Hon Michelle Rowland MP to show their support for seeing more Australian stories on our screens. Tony Burke addressed the gathering and both Ministers received a rapturously warm welcome for their attendance and words of support.

The screen industry was represented by actor/writer/producer Leah Purcell, director Gillian Armstrong, actor Justine Clarke, director Kriv Stenders and producer/writer/director Monica O’Brien.

Read more HERE

Link to media release HERE.

Make It Australian is presented by:

Following the hugely successful DirectOne Shadow program the ADG are delighted to announce the launch of its successor program, Credit Maker, a high calibre initiative that will now support 12 female practitioners not only across directing, but also cinematography and composing, to attain a career defining credit on a scripted production; to elevate their career trajectory; and, to bring change in female HoD representation in the sector. 

Credit Maker is supported by Screen Australia’s Gender Matters umbrella in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild, the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers. Gender Matters is the umbrella name of Screen Australia’s efforts to address the underutilisation of female talent in key creative roles in the Australian screen industry. 

The Credit Maker program will open in a few weeks time and we will announce call for applications shortly. 

Read the full story here.

Australian Directors’ Guild launches its ‘DIRECTORY’  


SYDNEY, FEBRUARY 22ND 2022: The ADG today announced the launch of a first of its type searchable database showcasing Australia’s directorial talent; Its ‘DIRECTORY’ is designed as a new resource to benefit both its members and the wider screen community.  

The ADG is holding an online launch event on the 25th of February to provide information about its DIRECTORY’ with ADG President Rowan on-hand to officially launch the initiative.  

“Our Directory is part of ADG’s efforts to support the career aspirations of all members, no matter what stage of their career, how they specialise or where they are located”, said ADG President Rowan Woods. 

To be included in its Directory, Directors will need to be an ADG member and follow the steps on the ADG Website: All members and interested industry participants are welcome to the ADG launch event at 10.30am AEST on Friday 25th February with registration here.

To read the full press release click here

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