A 2 day intensive on the craft of directing film and television

an exclusive two-DAY WORKSHOP
July 22nd & 23rd

Applications are now open for screen directors living in regional NSW and regional Queensland to attend Screenworks’ two-day directing intensive to further develop their directing skills.

Application deadline midday 29 June

Cost to selected participants $175


Screenworks, in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild and Linnaeus Estate Education Fund, is offering regional NSW based directors an opportunity to connect with and learn from two of Australia’s most accomplished screen directors, Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome) and Tony Krawitz (The Kettering Incident). Cate and Tony will be joined by Australia Director’s Guild CEO, Kingston Anderson.

Approximately 10 directors will be selected by an independent assessor panel to participate in this 2 day workshop. This is a rare opportunity to connect with and receive advice from prominent Australian screen directors and the Australian Directors Guild.

This is the second year Screenworks has run this valuable program. Last year was a resounding success with guest directors Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa) and Glendyn Ivin (The Beautiful Lie) passing on exclusive highly sought after advice.

Some of the feedback from participants last year:

“A brilliant opportunity getting access to such incredible directors and asking the questions I’ve always wanted to ask.”

“I really valued the open and honestly told directing stories from Glendyn and Jen that covered many subjects from specific productions to advice on approaching producers and production companies.”


July 22nd & 23rd
Linneaus Estate, Byron Bay

Through a series of presentations, workshop sessions, screenings and discussions, Cate Shortland and Tony Krawitz will reveal their directing techniques, share advice on best practice and give participants guidance on individual projects.


To be eligible to apply for Screenworks two day Directing Intensive you must be a director with one of the following:

  • 2 short fiction drama films publicly screened OR
  • One short fiction drama film which has screened at an accredited film festival (Sundance, Busan, Rotterdam, SXSW, Telluride, Berlin, Venice, Cannes and Clermont-Ferrand) OR
  • Experience directing television series drama or serial drama

You must also be:

  • Living in regional NSW
  • Available to attend a public forum (TBC) and 2 day workshop in the Byron region July 21 – 23, 2017
  • Have a current project that you are developing or working on
  • Have accurately and completely filled in this online application form

Applications will be assessed by Screenworks, The Australian Directors Guild and an independent panel.

Screenworks Directing Intensive is part of a professional development program designed to address career pathways and skills development for regional filmmakers.

Please note: this is not a residential intensive, selected participants will be expected to make their own way to and from Lineaus Estate and the public forum in Byron Bay. Some catering will be provided at the 2 day intensive.



Cate wrote and directed her first feature SOMERSAULT which premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard. The film won many awards including: 13 Australian Film Institute Awards including  Best Director, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay; 6 IF Awards including Best Film, Best Direction & Best Script; Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Best Script; 5 Film Critics’ Circle Awards including Best Film & Best Director; Winner Best Feature at the Edinburgh Film Festival; Special Jury Breakthrough Award, Director at the Miami Film Festival and Best Screenplay, Festival International du Film d’Amour de Mons. The film was released in over 15 countries.

Cate co-write and directed her second feature, LORE, based on the book THE DARK ROOM by Rachel Seiffert, which premiered In Competition at the Sydney Film Festival in 2012 and has won many awards including the Audience Award at the Locarno Film Festival,  the Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award, the Jeremy Nussbaum Prize for Provocative Fiction  Hamburg Film Critics Award at Filmfest,  Pilar Miro Best New Director Award at the Seminci Valladolid Film Festival,  DRAGON Audience Award at the Ljubljana International Film Festival, Best Film Award at the Hesse Filmforderung in Frankfurt,  The Aurora Prize at the Tromsø International Film Festival in Norway and Best Film In Competition at the Titanic International Film Festival in Budapest.

Cate has directed for a number of television series including  set up director and multiple episodes of  THE SECRET LIFE OF US and the 2 x 1 hour mini series THE SILENCE.

Cate’s TV writing credits include adapting ROSIE from Christos Tsiolkas’ novel THE SLAP ( the series was nominated for a BAFTA Award), episodes of the TV mini series THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, DEADLINE GALLIPOLI  and THE KETTERING INCIDENT.

She has a BA in Fine Arts from Sydney University (1991) and a Graduate Diploma in Directing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School  (2000).


Tony Krawitz directed half of the FOXTEL series THE KETTERING INCIDENT (2016) a chilling eight part mystery set in the wilds of Tasmania. The series has won a number of awards including Best Mini-Series at the AACTA awards and the Logie Awards – as well as the Special Jury prize at Series Mania in France.

In 2015 Tony directed five episodes of READY FOR THIS for ABCTV, a drama about elite Indigenous high school students. The series won the Logie award and was nominated for an International Emmy award.

In 2014 Tony directed three episodes of the highly acclaimed TV series THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND (2014) which dealt with sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The series won both the AACTA and Logie awards for Best Mini-Series. Tony was also nominated as Best Director at the AACTA awards and won Best Director at the ADG awards.

In 2012 Tony directed the feature film DEAD EUROPE (2012) based on the award winning book by Christos Tsiolkas, which had its international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and was nominated at both the AACTA and ADG awards.

In 2011, Tony wrote and directed the feature length documentary THE TALL MAN for SBS TV based on the best-selling book by Chloe Hooper which won a number of awards including the ADG award, the Walkley award and the ImagiNative Film award in Canada.

Tony wrote and directed JEWBOY which premiered in Un Certain Regard at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and which went on to screen at many festivals including Sundance and won three AFI awards, an AWG award and FCCA award.

Tony has also directed episodes of the TV series A PLACE TO CALL HOME for FOXTEL; THE SURGEON for Southern Star/Channel Ten and CITY HOMICIDE and ALL SAINTS for Channel Seven.

He is currently in post-production on Season Two of the ABC/Netflix drama GLITCH.


Program Partners:

Screenworks’ Directing Intensive is proudly supported by the Linnaeus Estate Education Fund.


Screenworks’ Directing Intensive is being delivered in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild.


Screenworks is supported by Screen NSW through its Industry Development Fund and Audience Development Fund.


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