Jessica Paine and Charlotte McConaghy have both been nominated for the Monte Miller Award for best unproduced screenplay by an unproduced writer for the TV pilots they developed as part of their course work. Jess is nominated for THE KNOT and Charlotte for FURY. This is the fourth year in a row my students have […]
I once again joined the National Screenwriters’ Conference, held for a second time on Victoria’s spectacular Mornington Peninsula, as a mentor in the micro-mentorship program. Run by the Australian Writers’ Guild, the conference provides an inspiring forum for emerging and established screenwriters to meet and discuss current trends in the industry. This year’s guest speakers […]
My second-year Graduate Diploma Screenwriting student, Claire Phillips, was beaten to the Monte Miller Award for best unproduced screenplay by an unproduced writer for the TV pilot she developed as part of her course work in year one, THE BOX, by none other than an AFTRS staff member (and a great colleague) Mike Jones. Awards […]
Congratulations Claire for becoming the third student in three consecutive years to be nominated for an AWGIE Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay for the TV pilot she developed as part of her course work. Your dedication to your craft and hard work has certainly paid off.
Following on from a seminar I gave in Lismore in August on the power of a strong concept to drive film ideas, I returned to the Northern Rivers as a Distinguished Festival Juror for the Queer Fruits Film Festival. Now in its third year, Queer Fruits Film Festival is the only regionally produced independent queer […]
Along side Seph McKenna, Head of Australian Production and Acquisition for Roadshow Films and Richard Sheffield, Head of Film Acquisitions for domestic distributor Pinnacle Films, I took part in a series of mentoring sessions with Queensland filmmakers whose films screened as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival’s Queensland Showcase: • producer/director team of Ben and […]
My second-year Graduate Diploma Screenwriting student, Laura Greaves has been nominated for the Monte Miller Award for best unproduced screenplay by an unproduced writer for the TV pilot she developed as part of course work in year one. Good luck tonight, Laura.
Following on from last night’s seminar on High Concept films for Screen Tasmania, I had three mentoring sessions today with the next wave of talented, local filmmakers. Selected by Screen Tasmania’s Development Manager, Even Maloney I gave career advice to the filmmaking teams of: • Rebecca Thomson (writer/director) and Rogan Brown (producer) who are turning […]
Queensland writers share in $160,000 to develop scripts as Screen Queensland’s Writers’ Room Program returns for a second year. I also returned to mentor the five successful applicants in this year’s program: Duncan Kennedy (HELL’S ISLAND), Andrew Macdonald (GOLDEN), Jacqueline Cook (ESCAPE FROM HOLZMINDEN) and writing team Candice Deere and Mark Deere (LET’S SING: THERE’S […]
Joined award-winning director, Samantha Lang, as a mentor in Melbourne International Film Festival’s Accelerator Program. The program provides four days of workshops, screenings, seminars and networking events on the business and creative aspects of the film industry for short film.