The Industry Association for Australian Filmmakers and Performers in the U.S. 


Mentor LA 2018: Terms

Mentorship Program Guidelines and Details

Mentorship Program Details 


Assessment Process

Assessment Criteria

Application Materials


Mentorship Program Benefits and Obligations 

Mentorship Program Guidelines and Details

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.

Mentorship Program Details 

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.


  • Only individuals may apply.
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and domiciled in Australia at the time of submitting an application.
  • Applicants must be actively working within the Australian industry and have acquired significant key credits in their chosen role, and related success must be demonstrated.
  • Applicants cannot be recent University graduates or current students.
  • Where specific projects are to be discussed as part of the mentoring sessions, AiF expects the option or rights to be held by the applicant, or by them in conjunction with other key creatives.
  • Applications must be credited in one or more of the below roles in order to be considered:

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:

  • One theatrically released feature length narrative drama, comedy, or documentary.
  • Two short fiction dramas or documentaries which have screened at an accredited film festival:
  • Berlin International Film Festival
  • Cannes Film Festival (excluding Shorts Corner)
  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  • South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • Telluride Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Venice International Film Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Annecy Animation Festival
  • Stuttgart Festival of Animation
  • Ottawa Animation Festival
  • Fantastic Fest (Austin,TX)
  • Busan International Film Festival
  • Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam

 OR, won or been nominated for one of the following awards:

  • Academy Award® for Best Short Film (Live Action or Animated)
  • AACTA/AFI Award for Best Short Fiction Film or Best Animation

OR, won one of the following awards: 

  • Flickerfest Best Short Film or Best Animation
  • St Kilda Film Festival Best Short Film or Animation.
  • Two episodes (or at least 60 mins) of a television series drama or comedy or serial drama or comedy that has aired on free-to-air television, cable television or streaming service (Netflix, Stan,Hulu, Amazon, HBO etc
  • Or has demonstrated successful online content.


Assessment Process

Applications are assessed by Australians in Film and chosen by each Mentor.

The selection process has 3 rounds:

  • 1st Round: Call for applications (applications close Sept 7th at 5PM PDT in Los Angeles, CA)
  • 2nd Round: A select group of applicants are notified and asked to interview via Skype with the Australians in Film Selection Committee (week beginning October 1st)
  • Successful applicants are notified (week beginning October 15th)

Mentees will be notified by the Program Coordinator.

Assessment Criteria

When assessing applications for this program, the Selection Committee will use the following criteria: 

  • The skills, experience and track record of the applicant, career trajectory in their chosen field, references and previous work
  • The quality of the application and clarity of proposed objectives and Mentorship Plan, as it aligns with the program goals
  • The strategic career benefit to the applicant
  • The potential wider benefits to the Australian and international film industry

Application Materials

Applications must be submitted through the online application form provided and must include all required information.

Applications must include the following:

  • Completed Online Application
  • Resume
  • A Mentorship Plan detailing what the applicant hopes to achieve if accepted into the program (including Statement of Purpose, Objectives, Goals and Session Plans).
  • Two Industry References

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. 

Mentorship Program Benefits and Obligations 

  • Australians in Film staff and Board will oversee management of the Mentorship Program and the welfare of the recipients for the duration of their five day stay in the United States
  • Qantas Roundtrip economy airfare (via Qantas ) to Los Angeles or a location chosen by the Mentor
  • Travel insurance  
  • Accommodation (AiF helps secure, but candidate is responsible for all rent responsibilities and living expenses)
  • AiF industry membership
  • AiF introductions and networking

Questions? Please contact Isabel Pappani, Director of Education before applying.

Australians in Film
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue
Suite #B211, Bronson Bldg 
Hollywood, CA 90038

Phone: 323 433 1464


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