Commercial and content directing mentorship applications open for females from Mon, Sept 11

Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 9.26.33 AM-thumb-300x142-233949.jpgFor the second year running, the Australian Directors' Guild (ADG) and its partners The Communications Council and Commercial Producers Council (CPC) are seeking applications from female directors looking to take the next step in their commercial directing careers.

Applications will be open Monday 11 September - Friday 13 October

Funded by Screen Australia's Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers initiative, the Commercial & Content Directing Mentorship pairs emerging female directors with commercial production companies to gain an insight in to life as a director in the commercial and advertising industry.
Production companies participating in the program in 2018 will be:


The OTTO Empire
The Sweet Shop

Taxi Films

Beautiful Pictures

Applicants will need to be based in one of the above states to be considered by that states' participating production companies.

Last year's inaugural mentorship program year was extremely successful, with two mentorees being signed to the rosters of their mentoring production companies and all mentorees receiving meetings with production companies, advertising agencies and clients to pitch for jobs.

To apply, directors need to email the following application materials (below) to before 13 October:

• A piece-to-camera pitch explaining why this is a great opportunity for your career stage (1 minute)

• One to two full pieces of work - short films, documentaries, music videos, corporate videos etc. - that you've directed

• A CV and a written reference from a screen practitioner you've worked with

• A sizzle reel of your best work that demonstrates your visual style (2 minutes)

• Your availability from January - March 2018. You'll be expected to be able to spend 2-3 days a week with your company, or a dedicated period of time to see a commercial through from pre-production to completion.

• Any other work pertinent to the mentorship; treatments you've written, previous experience in commercial or advertising or other relevant experience you'd like to highlight

The production companies will assess applications by the end of November and selected mentorees will be placed with their companies starting from mid January 2018.


A question said:

Is this legal?
Just asking.

Luke said:

@A question - Yes, of course it's legal. It's part of Screen Australia's initiative designed to address gender imbalance in the industry.

Just as, say, Young Lions addresses youth representation in advertising - a program which, as far as I'm aware, no one has questioned the legality of.

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