Twelve regional women selected for The Athena Project

Following a nation-wide call-out and a gruelling assessment process, Screenworks has been able to unearth twelve incredibly talented female filmmakers from across regional Australia who have been selected to participate in Screenworks’ upcoming career enhancement program, The Athena Project.

Among those selected for the program are: BAFTA Award winning director Hattie Dalton (Byron Bay NSW), award-winning animated film writer/director Justine Wallace (Barkers Creek VIC), Nyul Nyul/Yawuru woman and experienced writer/director Jub Clerc (Quedjinup WA) and Co-winner of the Northern Territory Book of the Year 2016, Clare Atkins (Darwin NT).

Click here to see a full list of participants

Screenworks has also announced that tickets are now available for the Athena Career Forum, which will launch the program and will feature Gillian Armstrong as the key speaker. The forum is an opportunity for everyone to benefit from the valuable information and extensive advice that the guest speakers will provide.   It will also be an incredible opportunity to network with some of Australia’s leading female filmmakers. The forum will take place 5pm – 9pm on Tuesday 8 November at the Byron at Byron Resort.

Following the Athena Career Forum, the selected participants will spend two and a half days in an intensive residential program during which time they will receive advice from some of the most remarkable woman in the Australian screen industry, including Gillian Armstrong (Women He’s UndressedMy Brilliant Career) Felicity Packard (Janet King), Debbie Lee (Barracuda) and Cate McQuillen (dirtgirlworld).

As part of the residential program, participants will interrogate and finesse their career plans and workshop industry and career opportunities. Each of the state and territory funding bodies have committed to support the participants from their region by providing funds to help them implement the first 12 months of their career plans.

“Screenworks would like to thank our independent assessment panel who have helped us to identify some of Australia’s most talented up-and-coming female filmmakers who we believe will most benefit from The Athena Project.” said a spokesperson for Screenworks. “In particular we would like to thank Alexa Wyatt, Monica Davidson and Cate McQuillen for their help”.

Screenworks’ The Athena Project is being funded by Screen Australia through the Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers program and is supported by Screen NSW, Film Victoria, Screen ACT, Screen Queensland, Screen Territory, Screenwest, South Australian Film Corporation and the Tasmanian Government through Screen Tasmania

The Athena Career Forum will be held on Tuesday 8 Nov from 5pm – 9pm at the Byron at Byron Resort in Byron Bay. Tickets are available now from For those who can’t make it to Byron Bay, the event will be live-streamed.For more information about The Athena Project, the participants or tickets for The Athena Project Career Forum please visit Screenworks website.





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