The Athena Project – Guidelines



We have had a number of people ask for more time to get everything together for The Athena Project.

As #TheAthenaProject is all about overcoming barriers and providing an opportunity for those that really need it, we decided to extend the deadline until 5pm AEST Monday 12th September. No further applications nor amendments to applications are being accepted.


The Athena Project is a Screenworks initiative funded by Screen Australia through the Genders Matters: Brilliant Careers program.

The project aims to help female writers and directors from regional areas across Australia to: leverage initial success in the screen industry, build professional networks and create viable career pathways.

The project includes: a public Screen Industry Careers Forum on 8 November 2016 and a two-day selective residential workshop on 9 November and 10 November 2016 at The Byron At Byron Resort.

Residential workshop participants will be supported to develop individual career plans and will receive strategic assistance from Screenworks for up to 12 months, to implement these plans.


Following a call-out and online application process, four individuals or teams of two from regional NSW, plus one individual or team of two from each of the other states and territories in Australia will be selected to take part in a two-day intensive career development residential workshop in Byron Bay.

Selected participants will be guided by a team of leading Australian screen industry professionals who will support them to develop the best possible screen industry career plan as part of a bespoke program of presentations, group discussion and one on one consultations.

Career plans may include:

  • Development of early concept project materials (or slate of projects) that may include pitch documents, draft scripts, teasers (where relevant) or treatments (or ‘scriptments’)
  • Conference/event/market attendance (international and/or national)
  • Professional development training, courses or other opportunities
  • Mentorships with production companies, distributors or other relevant organisations.

Screenworks will arrange and cover associated costs for travel and accommodation. Selected participants will receive a set allowance to help cover other costs associated with participating in The Athena Project.


Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be an individual woman or team of two women working as writers and/or directors in the screen industry and can demonstrate that you have achieved Initial Success* in the industry. (* refer to definition in annexure)
  • Demonstrate that you have been living in Regional Australia* for a minimum period of 12 months prior to submitting your application. (* refer to definitions in annexure)
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Complete all sections of the application form and submit the application prior to 5pm AEST, Monday 12 September 2016.

Support Materials and Documentation required:

1.     A  draft career plan that includes:

  • a professional development statement that outlines your achievements as well as your creative and career goals for one year, three years and five years; and
  • identifies the barriers to achieving your career goals and potential ways of overcoming the barriers for example, you may wish to consider potential mentors or attendance at conferences/markets.

2.     A sample of your work:

  • For writers – a 5 page script sample
  • For directors – a link to an online video of your work

3.    Details on your current project (including title, short synopsis, format etc)

4.    An up to date resume/CV

5.     A letter of support from a screen industry professional who has known you for more than 12 months and/or is familiar with your work.

Selection Criteria:

The following selection criteria will be considered when assessing applicants for participation in The Athena Project (all criteria areas are equally weighted):

  1. The potential effectiveness of the career plan to help the applicant 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(s) and the quality of their previous work. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how they meet the “Initial Success” eligibility criteria.
  3. The potential of the applicant to contribute to and enhance the growth of screen production in regional Australian demonstrated by the quality of current projects, previous works and letters of support provided.

Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people living in remote areas of Australia are strongly encouraged.

Screenworks is strongly committed to ensuring equal access to this project – if you require assistance with your application, please contact Screenworks on:

Telephone: (02) 6687 1599

To make a National Relay Service (NRS) call:

  • TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for (02) 6687 1599
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 6687 1599
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for (02) 6687 1599

Assessment Process:

All applications will receive an initial eligibility, quality and relevance assessment by Screenworks staff.  Shortlisted applications will be sent to an independent assessment panel comprised of highly qualified and experienced screen industry representatives.  The assessment panel will consider how well the eligible applicants meet the selection criteria. (see below)

Applicants will be notified by early October 2016 in writing of the outcome of their applications.

Application Deadlines:

Applications to The Athena Project open midday Wednesday 3 August 2016 NSW Eastern Standard Time and close 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, Monday 12 September 2016

Applications must be submitted using the online application form available via Screenworks website. No late entries will be accepted, no extensions will be granted. Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.

Screenworks will advise all applicants in writing of application success or otherwise. No specific feedback will be given on individual applications.

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Initial Success” – To demonstrate Initial Success, applicants are asked to identify one of the following:

A writer or director may also be considered eligible if they have agent representation and can demonstrate recent success in projects currently in development that may meet one of the above criteria.


Regional Australia” – Regional Australia refers to areas in each state and territory as defined below:

In NSW – regional areas are defined on the State Council map on the Screen NSW website, and includes all areas outside metropolitan Sydney and the ACT (

In Queensland – regional areas are defined as a resident outside of South East Queensland, being defined as a 100 150 kilometre radius of the Brisbane or Gold Coast central business district (following consultation with Screen Queensland, the criteria was amended from 150 kms to 100 kms).

In the ACT – all areas in the ACT.

In Victoria – regional areas are defined on the Regional Councils map on Film Victoria website – click on the following link, click on map search and select regional councils. (

In Tasmania – all areas in Tasmania.

In South Australia – following consultation with South Australian Film Corporation, the criteria for South Australia has been changed to all areas in South Australia (regional areas are defined as a resident living outside of Adelaide, being more than a 50 kilometre radius from the Adelaide GPO.)

In the Northern Territory – all areas in the Northern Territory.

In Western Australia – regional areas are defined by Screen West in their Western Australian regional film fund and on the regional map on Screen West website (