Since being selected for Screenworks 2017 Director Pathways Program, Sophie Hexter’s career has escalated. Sophie is a writer and director living in the hinterland near the Northern NSW town of Bangalow. In the past 12 months she has directed a short documentary Drummer Girl as part of Create NSW’s Seed Program, completed a first-draft screenplay of her feature film, participated in the Accelerator Program at the Melbourne International Film Festival and is engaging one of Australia’s top film and television directors to mentor her in 2018.
Opportunities like Sophie’s are now on offer to other regional NSW based screen directors through Screenworks’ 2018 Director Pathways Program.
Delivered in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild and supported by Create NSW, Screenworks’ annual Director Pathways Program offers unique opportunities for screen directors living in regional NSW to advance their careers through a bespoke program of professional development, industry introductions and career guidance.
Two selected participants will each be allocated $3,500 to put toward their professional and career development as a screen director.
“This is part of our ongoing commitment to support regional filmmakers pursue their screen industry careers “ explained Screenworks General Manager Ken Crouch.
“Now in its second year, we know this program delivers results and we are delighted that this year we can open up the opportunity to all of regional NSW.”
Screenworks Director Pathways Program is open to screen directors who work in any genre and live in regional NSW. The program is best suited to early-career directors who are genuinely committed to building their skills and are looking for support and opportunities to further their career.
To apply, applicants are required to submit a draft career plan that includes their screen directing career goals and outlines the steps required to achieve those goals.
Applications will be assessed by an independent panel including representatives from the Australian Directors Guild and Create NSW.
Further details about the program and how to apply are available on Screenworks’ website www.screenworks.com.au. Deadline for applications is Midday Thursday 2nd November 2017.
Screenworks’ Director Pathways Program 2018 is one of three Career Pathways Programs that Screenworks currently offers to NSW based screen practitioners. Other annual programs include Screenworks’ Regional Producer Elevator Program (deadline for applications – Oct 3) and Screenworks’ Inside the Writers Room (applications will open shortly).