Advancing the career paths of NSW regionally-based screen directors

What’s the opportunity?

Screenworks’ Director Pathways Program is an annual professional development program that provides bespoke career development opportunities to two early-career directors living in regional NSW.

It is designed to increase the participating directors’ skills and industry experience by supporting a tailor-made career plan and providing relevant screen industry introductions that will ultimately help them build viable and successful careers. Screenworks, with the support of Screen NSW, will invest $3,500 in implementing each of the selected participants’ career plans.

Tell me more!

The Director Pathways Program is delivered in partnership with the Australian Directors’ Guild (ADG) and with the support of Screen NSW and Fremantle.

Two directors from regional NSW will be selected to undertake the following program:

  • $3,500 to go toward their professional/career development
  • Meeting with the ADG Executive Director – a one on one meeting to refine your Career Plan and explore professional development opportunities and industry introductions. You will receive advice on how to achieve your personal goals and elevate your career potential as a screen director
  • Consultation with a professional director – with support from Fremantle, you will have the opportunity to meet with a working director to receive directing and career advice

As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit a detailed Career Plan [link to Career Plan Template] setting out proposed activities for 2022 to the value of $3,500 (excluding GST). Your Career Plan can include training or professional development courses (eg screen directing courses), conference/event/market attendance (national or international) and Australian Directors’ Guild membership or other relevant industry subscriptions.

Through this program, participants will enhance their producing skills and career potential in order to contribute to the growth of the screen industry in regional Australia.

Who can apply?

The 2022 Director Pathways Program is open to directors of all genres, including (but not limited to) TV drama, documentary and children’s television. 

This program would best suit early-career directors who are genuinely committed to building their skills as a professional director and need support and opportunities to further their careers. 

Applicants must be a resident in regional NSW.

The following selection criteria will be considered when assessing applicants for participation in the 2022 Director Pathways Program:

  1. The potential effectiveness of the proposed Career Plan to help the applicant build relevant industry skills and overcome identified career barriers to living and working regionally with defined outcomes that help achieve future creative and career goals.
  2. The skills, achievements, experience and track record of the applicant and the quality of their previous work. 
  3. The potential of the applicant to contribute to and enhance the growth of screen production in regional NSW.

What do I need to submit?

  • Application Form
  • CV/resume
  • 12-Month Career Plan – download and fill in this template (link to downloadable Career Plan Template), then upload it as instructed in your application form
  • A sample of your work – optional but recommended. Please provide a link to an online video of your work
  • Proof of regional residency (eg driver’s licence, proof of age card)

For more details on the criteria and application process please see the Program Guidelines and Terms & Conditions below.

Applicants will be notified by late November 2021 of the outcome of their applications.

Definitions, guidelines, terms & conditions:

Regional NSW – Regional NSW includes the Central Coast, Hunter and Illawarra and is defined as the areas or regions outside of Sydney and Western Sydney as defined on Screenworks website


Screenworks is thankful for the support of our Director Pathways Program partners.