Pictured: Writer Director Clare Sladden was selected for Screenworks 2019 Director Pathways Program and has just written and directed an Audible Original Podcast

Today Screenworks launched its 2021 Career Pathway Programs and is now calling for applications from early-career screenwriters, directors and producers who are living in regional NSW. The three programs – Inside the Writers Room, Director Pathways Program and Regional Producer Elevator Program will provide opportunities for early-career practitioners to observe, connect with and learn from industry professionals in order to enhance their skills and build their career potential. Deadline for applications is Monday November 2nd.

“We have been running these programs for close to six years now and the feedback as well as the outcomes that we see from participants is inspiring,” explained Screenworks CEO Ken Crouch. “Our industry partners help ensure this is a unique, practical and valuable experience enabling the participants to connect with opportunities in the screen industry and to advance their careers.”

For Screenworks 2019 Director Pathways Program, Northern Rivers based Director and Writer Clare Sladden chose to attend the Joan Scheckel Action Lab in Los Angeles and using what she learnt at the lab, went on to produce one of her projects for Audible Original.“The action lab was intense, emotional, practical and creatively stimulating,” said Clare. “I came away from the lab with new skills and a deeper understanding of my creative vision. I am currently in post-production on From Her Rib, the project I took through the lab, which will be released as an Audible Original podcast.”

Screenworks Career Pathway Programs are made possible with support from Screen NSW and Fremantle, as well as some of Australia’s leading production companies and industry guilds who partner with Screenworks on relevant programs.

Screenworks Inside the Writers Room will provide three regional NSW screenwriters with the opportunity to sit with professional writers in a writers room environment working on the story for a television script. The production partners the 2021 program include: Every Cloud Productions (SeaChange, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Fremantle (Wentworth, Neighbours), and See-Saw Films (The Kings Speech, Top of the Lake)

Screenworks Director Pathways Program is delivered in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild. The program will support the bespoke career plans of two regional NSW screen directors by investing $3,500 toward their professional development and providing relevant screen industry introductions and opportunities. 

Screenworks Regional Producer Elevator Program is delivered with support from Screen Producers Australia, Fremantle and Screen ABC. The two selected participants will each receive $3,500 toward their career plan as well as project, skills and career advice from an experienced producer, attendance at relevant industry conferences and events being delivered by Screen Producers Australia and attendance at Screenworks annual producing seminar held in Ballina in March 2021.  

Each of these programs are designed to support regional practitioners who have some industry experience and are looking to further their careers. 

For more information and to apply click on the following links

Inside the Writers Room

Director Pathways Program

Regional Producer Elevator Program




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