Pinnacles ScreenCo events: 2019 Directors' Immersive - CinefestOz

Friday, 26 July 2019 11:00AM AEST

Monday, 5 August, 2019 5:00AM AEST

Weld Theatre, 13 Queen St, Busselton WA 6280

Apply now for a spot at the ADG Directors' Intensive - a workshop event in partnership with CinefestOz, on 28 & 29 August at Weld Theatre, Busselton, WA! Application is extended to Monday, 5 August 2019. 

Directors' Intesive WA

As part of Cinefest Oz frome the 28th August 2019 in Busselton, Western Australia the ADG is partnering with Cinefest Oz to run the first ever Directors Immersive. This is a 2-day event that runs on the 28th & 29th August for 12-15 participants, with some special events aimed at emerging directors. These will include panel sessions and talks by leading directors, screenings with Q&A’s, as well as a one-on-one session for participants on the development of their own project.

Some of the panellists and tutors include KINGSTON ANDERSON, CEO of the ADG; CATHY HENKEL, documentary filmmaker and Head of the WA Screen Academy; and filmmakers RACHEL WARD, BEN LAWRENCE, MEGAN RIAKOS, and others to be announced closer to the Festival.

As well as attending a number of sessions focused on directing, participants will submit an outline of a project they are hoping to direct in the future. This project will be presented in a closed session to a panel of experts who will provide each participant with feedback on their project. The project can be drama or documentary, and can be at any stage of development. The two-day event will be moderated by Australian Director’s Guild CEO, Kingston Anderson and WA Chapter Head, Cathy Henkel. There will also be an opportunity to meet with a leading CinefestOZ guest director. 

Participants will be selected by an independent assessor panel to participate in this two-day workshop, which consists of a series of presentations, workshop sessions, screenings and discussions. 

DATE: 28 & 29 August 2019

TIME: 9am - 5pm (local WA time)

VENUE: Weld Theatre, 13 Queen St, Busselton WA 6280

Please see the eligibility requirements below before applying. Workshop speakers to be announced soon!!


This is a Pinnacles Screen Collective event. The Australian Director’s Guild, Gamechangers Collective, and Screenwriter’s WA are joining forces to form the Pinnacles Screen Collective: a group of directors, gamechangers and screenwriters committed to advancing their careers and increasing opportunities and outcomes in the screen sector of WA. For more information, please visit:

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  • You must be an Australian resident. Please note that even though the program is open for all Australian resident to apply, however, it is more favorable for directors residing in WA.

  • You must be able to travel to Busselton (WA) for the two day workshop, 28 - 29 August 2019 and make your own travel arrangements, including accommodation. Accommodation options will be provided. 

  • It is FREE to apply, but you are obliged to cover the workshop fee of $50 (for Guild Members/ Students) / $100 (for non ADG Members), FREE (ADG Members) if your application is successful. The payment must be done by contacting the ADG office (P: 02 9555 7045 / E: by Friday, 16 August 2019.

  • You will need to provide an outline of a project that you are developing that will be benefit from advice and guidance from a mentor through The Director's Intensive - including: project title, genre, target audience, one line synopsis, one paragraph synopsis and (if available) link to relevant clip / reel to support your pitch.

  • You are required to provide your current directorial CV and to provide links of sample of your past works as part of your application.



  • Application closing date: Monday, 5 August 

  • Notifying successful applicants: Monday, 10 August

  • Applicants must pay by: Friday, 16 August

  • Workshop: Wed 28 Aug – Thurs 29 Aug

For any questions about the Directing Immersive program, please contact the ADG office between Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm (Sydney time).
Phone: 02 9555 7045