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Screenworks Career Pathway Programs | Connecting Filmmakers in Regional NSW with Screen Industry Opportunities

If you’re an aspiring screenwriter or director living in regional NSW, there aren’t many opportunities to progress your career – that is, unless you have the means to travel regularly to a capital city. This is just one of the reasons why Screenworks first set-up its annual Inside the Writers Room program and Director Pathways Program.
 
Since establishing the programs 5 years ago, Screenworks has been able to place twenty early career regional writers into the writers rooms of some of Australia’s most successful production companies and has supported the career development of six regional directors. Applications are now open until November 25th for Screenworks’ 2019 Inside the Writers Room and 2019 Director Pathways Program.
 
Screenworks’ Director Pathways Program provides tailor-made career development opportunities for two emerging and early-career directors living in regional NSW. The selected participants are provided $3,500 to implement their career plans, along with industry introductions and ongoing industry consultations. The program is delivered in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild and Create NSW.
 
For screenwriters, Inside the Writers Room is designed to give four regional screenwriters the opportunity to sit in and watch professional writers in some of Australia’s most successful production companies as they develop the story for a television script. Delivered with the support of Create NSW, this year Screenworks has secured opportunities with Freemantle Media (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Every Cloud Productions (Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries) and Matchbox Pictures (Glitch) – with more to be announced soon.
 
“We have had some significant outcomes for the participants in these programs over the past 5 years,” explained Screenworks CEO Ken Crouch “two participants have gone on to get funding to run their own writers rooms and to further develop their own TV series and we have been able match up two regional directors with ongoing high profile director mentors.”
 
“One of the reasons why the programs continue to be successful is that we are seeing an industry push to bring an authentic regional perspective to our screens,” continued Mr Crouch.
 
“Fremantle is thrilled to be involved in Inside the Writers Room, supporting our next generation of regionally-based storytellers to bring their life experience beyond the capital cities into our writers’ rooms,” explained Director of Drama at Freemantle media, Jo Porter. “The program is a great opportunity to encourage new voices and fresh perspectives, and the rich contribution made by regional writers to our diverse Australian screen industry.”
 
Screenworks Inside the Writers Room and Director Pathways Program are open for applications from early career writers and directors living in regional NSW.
 
Details on how to apply are on Screenworks website at www.screenworks.com.au