Professional Development

Gender Careers

Funded by Screen Australia’s Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers initiative, Gender Careers is the Australian Directors' Guild contribution to addressing the gender disparity of directors across film, television and commercials. Our two programs are designed to address low numbers of female directors working professional in television and the commercial sector. 

TV Drama Shadow Directing             

In 2016 an open call went out for female directors ready for the opportunity to direct their first TV drama episode and receive their first credit. We continue to invite female directors to put themselves forward for a shadow directing opportunities on shows such as Home and Away (Darlene Johnson) and Doctor, Doctor (Lucy Gaffy).ELIGIBILITY 


Download application form here 

Send your application form and submission materials to

Commercial & Content Directing Mentorships        

In association with Screen Australia, The Communications Council (TCC) and the Commercial Production Council (CPC), this program aims to engage more female filmmakers as commercial and content directors in the advertising and branded content sector. The 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.                                                              

2018 Mentorship placements
Applications are open 11 September - 13 October 2017


Download application form here 

Along with the application form, applicants will need to include the following as part of their submission materials

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Metro Screen Fellowshipsmetro screen partners

2017/18 Metro Screen Fellowships submissions open 4 September 2017

The Metro Screen Fellowship has been created to continue the spirit of Metro Screen in fostering and developing emerging screen culture following its closure in 2015. 

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.


For more information and guidelines, click here 


Production Fellowship

The Production Fellowship is a $20,000 offering to fund 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 organisation
  • Cash may not be spent on the purchase of equipment


Download application form here 

  • Contact details of the Director and Producer
  • Project synopsis
  • Director's statement
  • Final script
  • A one-page budget
  • Production schedule
  • CVs of the key creatives including URL links to their previous works
  • Chain-of-title
  • A statement of how the project contributes to the diversity of screen culture or the screen sector 


Applications open 4 September - 29 September 2017


Open Fellowship

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

Download application form here
  • 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) 

Applications open 4 September - 13 October 2017

Directors Attachment Scheme


ADG is currently does not run any Directors Attachment Scheme. Due to the nature of the changes on the funding policy, all the Directors Attachments funding from both Federal Government and the State Government are given to the production companies directly. 

Please contact your local screen agencies or Screen Australia website for these opportunities. You might also be interested in checking out the following for funding of Directors Attachment opportunities:

Click here for a full list of previous ADG Directors Attachments