The Australians in Film Mentorship Program is a tailored program aimed at mid-level professionals working in the Australian screen industry hoping to improve their international market knowledge and their understanding of the industry from a US perspective, and gain introductions to a variety of industry contacts---all provided by leading, mentors currently working in the Hollywood system.
The overall aim of this program is to empower under-represented members of the Australian screen industry by creating a professional bridge between the Australian screen industries and the global market, providing mentees with information and skills through partnerships with established experts working in the American industry.
Four mid-level entertainment professionals will be matched to four leading Hollywood practitioners in their respective fields.
The 12-month Mentorship Program is open to Australian entertainment industry professionals who are currently based in Australia and who demonstrate significant potential in their area of expertise.
Over a one-year period the mentors and mentees will communicate quarterly. Three of these meetings will be conducted online (via Skype/Facetime) and one meeting will be face-to-face. Australians in Film will then provide return airfares and an accommodation stipend for each mentee to travel to Los Angeles (or to the location their mentors are working) for 5 days of curated meetings and/or work sessions.
The mentor may provide U.S. industry information, career advice, project feedback, professional introductions and networking strategies, and will share their personal knowledge and experience with the mentee.
The mentee must have a clear set of objectives for their mentorship and must come to each session with prepared topics of discussion/agenda items (pre-sent to the mentor and AiF, developed in conjunction with AiF and approved by their mentor).
Each session must end with an action plan for the mentee to undertake in the period leading up to the next session. AiF will check in monthly to ensure the mentee is working towards their action plan.
The parameters of the mentorship will be determined by each pairing and may differ from one situation to another.
Betsy Beers Mentorship: TV episodic or feature film producer or director
Jamie Babbitt Mentorship: TV episodic, short film or feature director
Peter Saji Mentorship: TV episodic comedy, short film writer or producer
Yahlin Chang Mentorship: TV episodic drama, short film writer or producer
Applicants must be credited in one or more of the above roles in at least one or a combination of the below:
Narrative drama or documentary:
OR, won or been nominated for one of the following awards:
OR, won one of the following awards:
Applications are assessed by Australians in Film and chosen by each Mentor.
The selection process has 3 rounds:
Mentees will be notified by the Program Coordinator.
When assessing applications for this program, the Selection Committee will use the following criteria:
Applications must be submitted through the online application form provided and must include all required information.
Applications must include the following:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Mentorship Program participants will be required to complete brief quarterly reports outlining their progress in relation to their stated goals and action plans. Three times throughout the year the mentees will meet up (via Skype or conference line) to discuss and share their experience with the other mentees, moderated by Australians in Film. Mentees must also deliver a final wrap report and attend one face-to-face wrap meeting with Australians in Film at the conclusion of their five days in the United States.
Questions? Please contact Isabel Pappani, Director of Education firstname.lastname@example.org before applying.