Funded by Screen Australia’s Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers initiative, Gender Careers is the Australian Directors' Guild contribution to the screen industry to address issues of gender disparity by encouraging women through mentorships, workshops, placements and attachments. Our two programs are designed to address low numbers of female directors working professional in television and the commercial sector.
Forging a career in TV drama directing is not easy. This is a unique opportunity for female directors ready to take their next step in directing television drama to director an episode of one of Australia's most loved shows while being mentored and 'shadowed' by an experienced, network director.
ELIGIBILITYTo be eligible, applicants need to have directed AT LEAST two pieces of drama fiction (short or long form) and have either completed a Directors Attachment in the last five years, have additional directing experience of other media or be an experienced film and television screen practitioner from another discipline (First AD, editor, etc.)
APPLYINGApplicants are asked to download an Application Form here in Word, and submit it along with the below submission materials to email@example.com before the closing date. SELECTION PROCESSApplicants that meet the criteria will be notified in January 2017 that their applications will go in to the pool for this round, and future rounds, of Shadow Directing opportunities. These applicants' information and work will then go to all production companies who, in consultation with the ADG, form a short list of applicants they feel are right for their show. IMPORTANT DATES Round 1 applications close: 16 December 2016 Selection Pool created: January 2017
Arielle Thomas & Cassie de Colling - OTTO EmpireBree Billington - Beautiful PicturesKate Halpin - Goodoil FilmsLaura Kurataya - Curious FilmLou Quill - PhotoplayNatalie van den Dungen - Rabbit contentSinead McDevitt - FINCHThe mentorship will provide an opportunity for the mentorees to see how the production process works in advertising; from pitching, treatments, production, post production and understanding what a Directors' relationship with advertising agencies and clients is. Information for applying for the 2018 Commercial & Content Directing Mentorships will be available later in the year.
The Metro Screen Fellowship program has been created to continue the spirit of Metro Screen in fostering and developing emerging screen culture. Since its inception in 1981 Metro Screen provided a range of opportunities for emerging screen practitioners and for the telling of stories that reflect the full diversity of Australian society. Regrettably, Metro Screen was forced to close at the end of 2015 due to federal funding cuts. The surplus funds at closure are being used to fund the program.In 'Emerging Visions – Career Pathways in the Australian screen production industry', the research undertaken by Metro Screen prior to its closure, the following statement continues to ring true:
“The future relevance and sustainability of screen culture relies on successful talent regeneration, fresh ideas, new perspectives, new voices and new audiences. And a diversity of voices given opportunities to show what they can do.”
The Metro Screen Fellowships have been funded for a minimum of four years to offer the following opportunities. It is anticipated that the Metro Screen Fellowships will be a stepping-stone to programs such as the ADG Directors Attachment Scheme, Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund and SPA Ones To Watch.
$20, 000 cash funding to a NSW based director to support the production of a short screen work, not exceeding 12 minutes, in any genre and any format.
- Applicants must be the Director
- NSW resident
- An individual, and not an organisationr
- Cash may not be spent on the purchase of equipment
- Contact details of the director and producer
- Synopsis (one paragraph)
- Statement of contribution to the diversity of screen culture (half a page)
- Directors statement (half page)
- Final script
- Budget (one page maximum)
- Production schedule
- Brief CV's of key creatives (one page maximum collectively)
- URL links to previous work of director, producer and/or writer (NOTE: Producer and director must have one relevant screen credit each)
- Secured chain-of-title that includes the producer's signature
Applications are open from 29 October - 30 November 2016
Deliverables Deadline* 29 September 2017
*The Production Fellowship recipient will hold a cast and crew screening of the completed screen work and the Open Fellowship recipient will provide a three-page overview of project for publication.
Up to $15,000 cash to support the development of the emerging screen community. The Open Fellowship is designed to foster fresh ideas and new perspectives in the screen industry culture. There are no preconceptions as to what form this endeavor can take, with the exception that it is not intended for production.
- NSW resident
- Open to all screen practitioners from any creative or crew position
- Cash must not be spent on a production
Applicants are asked to submit their application materials, to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date
- Contact details of the applicant
- Outline of the proposed activity (half page)
- Amount requested (up to $15,000)
- Budget breakdown (use quotes if required)
- Outline of the impact of the proposed activity on your screen career and/or the screen careers of others (half page)
- Outline the potential of this activity to contribute in a meaningful way to the diversity of screen content and/or screen culture (half page)
Application are open from 31 October - 16 December 2016
Screen Australia Talent+ program
Screen NSW Strategic Opportunites program
Film Victoria Key Talent Placements
Screen Queensland Placements and Attachments
South Australian Film Corporation Attachment Scheme
Screenwest Professional Development
Screen Tasmania Gold Pass Directors Attachment