2021 Career Pathways Program participants Darius Devas, Makushla Bourke, Ashley Gibb, Mouche Phillips, Beverley Callow, Claire Pasvolsky,Gabrielle Stroud, Jane Hampson, and Katie Tonkin.

Screenworks is inviting applications from regional practitioners for its three career pathways programs ahead of the submission deadline this month.

Supported by funding from Screen NSW, each of the programs – Regional Producer Elevator Program, Director Pathways Program, and Inside The Writers Room – are designed to advance the careers of regionally-based screenwriters, directors, and producers by connecting them with industry professionals and opportunities.

Selected participants will be provided with support and guidance from established writers, directors, and producers via Screenworks’ industry partnerships.

Screenworks CEO Ken Crouch said the organisation was looking forward to supporting another group of talented regional creatives.

“Screenworks has proudly supported 53 screen practitioners from regional NSW through our Career Pathways Programs since we first introduced them in 2015,” he said.

“Many of the programs’ alumni have gone on to receive funding for their own projects, partnered with respected industry professionals, and further developed their slate of projects.”

Screenworks’ Regional Producer Elevator Program will provide two selected regional NSW producers with $3,500 and the opportunity to observe a professional working producer in a program partner production company for 5 days. They will receive career and project advice from a professional producer, attend the 2022 Screenworks Regional To Global Forum and the 2022 Screen Forever conference. This program will be delivered with support from Screen NSW, Screen Producers Australia, and Fremantle Media.

Two regional NSW directors will be granted $3,500 to implement a bespoke professional development program that will help them advance their screen directing career as part of the Director Pathways Program. This program will be delivered in partnership with Screen NSW and the Australian Directors’ Guild and with support from Fremantle Media.

For the Inside The Writers Room program, three regional NSW screenwriters will have the opportunity to observe a professional writing team working on television drama at production companies EQ Media, Matchbox Pictures, and Wooden Horse. Inside the Writers Room is being funded by Screen NSW and supported by Fremantle.

Independent selection panels made up of representatives from Screenworks’ program partners, industry bodies and guilds will assess the applications for each of the programs.

Applications for the Regional Producers Elevator Program, Director Pathways Program, and Inside the Writers Room Program close 5pm on Friday, October 29.

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