ADG awards Gender Matters: Commericial and Content Directing mentorships to eight recipients

Screen Shot 2018-05-17 at 10.20.41 am.jpgNow in its second year, the Australian Directors' Guild's (ADG) Commercial & Content Directing Mentorship program has announced its next round of eight mentoree recipients, at a special event held last night at FINCH, Sydney and attended by members of the screen and advertising industries.

Acclaimed director, and ADG President, Samantha Lang, and highly acclaimed director, Gillian Armstrong, jointly announced each of the recipients at the event.

The recipients of the 2018 ADG Commercial & Content Directing Mentorship are:
•    Aimée-Lee X. Curran - Photoplay (NSW)
•    Emily Avila - Taxi Film Production (QLD)
•    Eugenie Muggleton - The Otto Empire (VIC)
•    Giulietta Amato - Goodoil Films (NSW)
•    Kyra Bartley - FINCH (NSW)
•    Roxanne Halley - The Sweetshop Films (VIC)
•    Stef Smith - Photoplay (NSW)
•    Vanessa Gazy - Scoundrel Films (NSW)
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 into life as a director in the commercial space.

The programme is jointly designed and implemented by the Australian Directors' Guild, The Communications Council, and the Commercial Producers Council (CPC).

Last year's inaugural mentorship program year was very 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.

Says Bree Billington, who was mentored by Kate Downie from Beautiful Pictures and was shadowing director Renee Webster in WA last year: "It was wonderful to see her process and the way she treated the commercial from the initial brief with the client to the treatment and then the final edit. I'd never been in the room with another director to be able to see how someone else would approach a project was valuable insight into the commercial directing process. Directors rarely have the opportunity to see another director's process."

Says Kingston Anderson, CEO, Australian Directors' Guild who served as master of ceremonies for the event: "We are extremely excited by the success of this program and the willingness of the commercial producers to mentor talented female directors. We are also pleased to welcome our first Queensland company to the program. We look forward to seeing these directors as major leaders in commercial content in the future."

Says Nerida Moore, senior development executive at Screen Australia: "It's fantastic to see the success of these mentorships in securing career opportunities for recipients, and we're incredibly proud to support the work of this program. I look forward to following the careers of this year's talented recipients, as they make their mark on the industry."

Says Karen Bryson, CPC co-chair and executive producer, FINCH: "The CPC is very excited to support this year's eight exceptionally talented young female directors. CPC members have long played a pivotal role in identifying, nurturing and supporting the next generation of talent. We also champion diversity as a critical part of commercial growth and prosperity. Because diversity breeds innovation and innovation breeds business success. Congratulations to our 2018 recipients."

As part of the mentorship program, the recipients will spend several months with producers and directors from the production company they have been placed with, to get a firsthand look at all facets of commercial content production, meet potential clients and advertising agency representatives, and continue to work on their craft as directors.
 
Applications for the 2019 Commercial & Content Directing Mentorships will be open later this year.

(Pictured L-R: L-R:  Karen Bryson, Kyra Bartley, Aimée-Lee X. Curran, Stef Smith, Samantha Lang, Gillian Armstrong, Vanessa Gazy, Eugenie Muggleton, Giulietta Amato, Alyssa McClelland)

5 Comments

Yes said:

Well done legends whom I know and don't know in this lineup

Funded by my Taxes said:

Sexists think gender matters. Racists think race matters. And so on...

@funded by my taxes said:

Well done sir, amidst a LOT of competition, you have won the coveted 'DOUBLE' award for the most inane, ridiculous and downright pathetic combination of username and comment.

Congratulations, I am going to go out on a limb and guess this is probably the first thing you've ever won in your life.

Equality or Equity said:

"Why don't 50% of the places go to guys?"
"Because guys have had them all in the past"
'So no more guys get to have them for the next X years?"
"No that doesn't sound legal or fair"
"Or could it be fair because guys have had all the places in the past?"
"That's like saying white people should be slaves for 300 years now too, or we should let indigenous people slaughter x number of whites"
"No, you don't understand, it's complicated"

Debates like this go on and on. We've got a young guy here who's a promising talent but can't get a spot anywhere. Not his fault his male ancestors had it easy. This guy works hard, and shouldn't miss out because he happened to be born male and coming in to directing just as all the mentorships are decreed to be accessible by women only.

We need part equity and part equality. Sure we need to get more women in to these roles but the way to do it isn't to completely shut the door to all males.

Note also that all the females are white. So while we've shut out males we've only opened the door to.. white females? Where there NO applicants from any other background?

Equality or Equity said:

"We also champion diversity as a critical part of commercial growth and prosperity. Because diversity breeds innovation and innovation breeds business success."

The white female chair with all the white female successful applicants?
Come on seriously?

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