“It’s really the best internship there is because it provides such an incredible opportunity.” –
“The internship provides an incredible opportunity for emerging Australian screen talent to connect with, and gain invaluable experience from, some of the industry’s most cutting-edge and creative filmmakers.” –
Kate Marks President Australians in Film
Brisbane-based producer Lauren Brown has been announced as the recipient of the annual Village Roadshow Animal Logic Internship for 2017 and will begin her three-month tenure at the offices of Village Roadshow Pictures and Animal Logic in Los Angeles this week.
After an intensive selection and interview process, Lauren was awarded the coveted position based on the high quality of her application and experience working on a variety of short and long form projects within the Australian film industry.
The placement marks Lauren’s first time visiting the United States but it was a case of three times a charm for her success in securing the role this year. “The Village Roadshow Animal Logic Internship is such a rare program and I’ve applied for it three times now because it’s an opportunity that just can’t be passed up,” she says.
“For an emerging producer like myself, it’s really the best internship there is because it provides such an incredible opportunity to be in Los Angeles working with two amazing companies, whilst also getting some really great support while I’m here.”
Prior to her move to Los Angeles, Lauren spent a week at Animal Logic’s offices at Fox Studios in Sydney and spent time on the set of Peter Rabbit.
A graduate from Griffith Film School – the same school Lion (2016) producer Angie Fielder, among many others, attended – with a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media and Masters in Screen Production, Lauren has worked as an independent creative producer for the last four years in Australia. Her most recent projects include the short films Fell (2014), which screened in competition at Flickerfest in 2015, and Gentleman (2016) which is currently in the middle of its festival run.
As well as developing her own independent projects through her company Little Red Balloon Films, Lauren has worked for Brisbane-based production company Freshwater Pictures alongside producer Trish Lake, a mentor she says has been instrumental in guiding her career to date.
Established in 2014, the internship forms part of AiF’s mission to serve as a bridge between the U.S. and Australian screen industries and is valued at $20,000. The program also covers living and travel expenses for recipients, as well as on-the-ground support and networking opportunities with the U.S. industry and office space at AiF’s brand new workspace The Creative Collective.
Since its inception, the program has served as an invaluable launching pad for its previous recipients with last year’s intern Melanie Jayne currently working with WME in Los Angeles, while the inaugural intern Dave Edwardz is now based in London as a Previz Supervisor at The Third Floor Inc.
Commenting on the success of the program, Kate Marks, President of Australians in Film said, “The internship provides an incredible opportunity for emerging Australian screen talent to connect with, and gain invaluable experience from, some of the industry’s most cutting-edge and creative filmmakers. We are thrilled for Lauren and look forward to supporting her as she embarks on this exciting new chapter in her career.”
AiF would like to sincerely thank Village Roadshow Pictures and Animal Logic for their ongoing support of this invaluable program and wish Lauren all the best as she begins her tenure.