Professional Development

The ADG assists their members in the development of their craft by providing professional development opportunities throughout the year to both members and non-members.

Gender Careers

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. 

Shadow Directing

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.


To 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.)


Applicants are asked to download an Application Form here in Word, and submit it along with the below submission materials to before the closing date. 


Applicants 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. 


Round 1 applications close: 16 December 2016 

Selection Pool created: January 2017

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. In 2017, eight female directors have been successfully places with seven production companies across NSW, VIC and WA:

Arielle Thomas & Cassie de Colling - OTTO Empire

Bree Billington - Beautiful Pictures

Kate Halpin - Goodoil Films

Laura Kurataya - Curious Film

Lou Quill - Photoplay

Natalie van den Dungen - Rabbit content

Sinead McDevitt - FINCH

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. 

Information for applying for the 2018 Commercial & Content Directing Mentorships will be available later in the year. 

Metro Screen Fellowshipsmetro screen partners

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.

Production Fellowship

$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


Applicants are asked to download and submit an Application Form available here in Word, along with the following materials, to by the closing date

  • 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.

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


Applicants are asked to submit their application materials, to 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


Directors Attachment Scheme

Check back here to see future ADG Directors Attachment Scheme opportunities. 

You might also be interested in checking out the following for funding of Directors Attachment opportunities:

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 




Brooke Goldfinch, Catriona McKenzie - Alien: Covenant


Jessica Redenbach - Hyde & Seek 

Lucy Gaffy - House of Bond

Marco Sinigaglia - Hoges



Beth Armstrong - Hacksaw Ridge

Kelli Cross - Jasper Jones


Nora Niasari - Secret City

Christopher Stollery - House Husbands

Julietta Boscolo - Love Child 


Ariel Martin
- Holding the Man

Dimitrios Pouliotis - A Month of Sundays


Stephen McCallum - Cut Snake 

Matthew Moore - Paper Planes 

Grant Sputore - Kill Me Three Times