A career galvanising opportunity for 19 regional filmmakers has been announced today, with the recipients of Screenworks’ New Kids on the Block Program selected.

The emerging regional screen practitioners, seven from Queensland, seven from NSW, two from Tasmania and three from South Australia will be supported by Screenworks, in partnership with Screen Queensland, Screen NSW, South Australian Film Corporation and Screen Tasmania to attend Screenworks 2023 Regional to Global Screen Forum (R2GSF), held at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre Mar 30 – April 1st   

As well as financial support to travel, the New Kids on the Block program helps to address the anxiety of being a “New Kid” at any event, providing in-person support for all successful applicants.  

Screenworks’ CEO Lisa O’Meara said :  “We are very proud of this program. It gives these participants a better opportunity to advance their careers by connecting with leading screen industry decision makers, as well as meeting other emerging screen practitioners in a supportive and stimulating environment.”


This year’s recipients include seven from New South Wales – writers Brooke Hemphill (Phegans Bay),  Gemma Noon (Charleston) and Anthony Morris (Dudley), actor and director Roberto Meza Mont (The Pocket), writer directors Claire Pasvolsky (Merewether), Alexander Wardrop (Lismore) and Aria Kitchener (Tweed Heads). 


Another seven will attend from Queensland. They are writer producer Shontell Ketchell (Cairns), documentary filmmakers Jospahine Seale (Caravonica) and Carmen Smith (Townsville), writer director Shideh Faramand (Toowoomba), make up and special effects artist Jenna Dunbar (Palm Cove), writer, performer and content creator Hannah Fulton (Cairns) and writer Jacqueline Read (Bundaberg). 


Three applicants from South Australia were selected – multi-disciplinary storyteller Jenna Sutch (Angaston), producer Poppy Fitzpatrick (Aldinga Beach) and writer director Brendan Godfrey (Port Augusta) and two from Tasmania, documentary filmmaker Jacob Collings (West Hobart) and emerging producer Felicity Wilkinson (Lindisfarne). 


The selected participants receive financial assistance to help with registration, travel and accommodation, along with a range of support including connection to other participants prior to the conference, priority access to a round table of their choice, meet ‘n’ greets, get togethers and a dedicated Screenworks’ staff members to answer questions and facilitate introductions to key delegates. 


Screenworks’ CEO Lisa O’Meara said: “Regional to Global Screen Forum is unique in Australia in that it attracts screen industry leaders from the highest levels to our beautiful region and, at the same time, is intimate in scale providing unprecedented access to these decision makers, experienced creatives and other delegates. It’s an unmissable event for any regional screen practitioner looking to get their next project off the ground or to be plugged in to the latest trends and opportunities in our industry.”


Regional to Global Screen Forum (R2GSF) three-day event features some of the most accomplished screen industry professionals and decision makers in Australia and overseas and is geared primarily towards regionally based producers, directors and writers with global aspirations. It will feature a packed program of interactive panel sessions, case studies, in-focus presentations, industry roundtables, career mentoring and pitch opportunities. 


R2GSF provides unique opportunities for regional screen practitioners to connect with an impressive array of domestic and global decision-makers and industry influencers and attracts hundreds of attendees from across the country. 


For more information, please contact Screenworks’ Operations Manager, Amy Shaw at [email protected]



The Screenworks 2023 Regional to Global Screen Forum is kindly supported by our sponsors









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