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Funding approvals
2019-2020 Enterprise PEOPLE

  • Writer/producer Samuel Nuggin-Paynter (Little J & Big Cuz) will advance his career through a two-year placement at No Coincidence Media, under the mentorship of Development Executive Toni Stowers and Production Executive Mitchell Stanley.
  • Producer Julie Eckersley (The Family LawGlitch) will undertake a bespoke development strategy to elevate her skills as a writer and script producer and expand her connections in the international screen community. She will work with Jaqueline Perske, Jenni Tosi, Simonne Overend and acclaimed LA-based writing teacher, Corey Mandell.
  • Screen executive Debra Liang is taking part in Inside Pictures 2020, an intensive film business training and leadership skills development program. Usually held in London and Los Angeles, this year’s program is being held online due to COVID-19.
  • Freeman Trebilcock - Film Accelerator with Werner Herzog. Funding for this project was revoked in August 2020.
  • Animator Amara Gantz and puppeteer / fabricator Jhess Knight will each undertake a six-month placement with Wooden Boy Productions in Portland, USA training on Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion feature Pinocchio. In an opportunity brokered by Australian producer Melanie Coombs, the Production Supervisor, they will train under the Animation Supervisor Brian Hansen and the Puppet Creative Supervisor Georgina Hayns respectively, to gain professional experience.
  • Actor and writer Maria Angelico (Movement) was mentored in directing by writer, director and producer Lucia Aniello on television series Awkwafina is Nora from Queens for two weeks in New York.
  • Writer/director Annika Glac (BelladonnaBunny) undertook a mentorship with Oscar-nominated director Agnieszka Holland (The Secret Garden) in Poland.
  • Producer Taylor Litton-Strain (Jade of Death) will take on a six-week attachment on Blumhouse Productions' upcoming feature film The Craft, mentored by executive producer Bea Sequeira.
  • Producer Katia Nizic (Homecoming QueensPaper Trails) will undertake a two-year placement with Carver Films (RelicSunshine) where she will work across development and production as well as gain insight into the operations of the business.
  • Producer Molly O’Connor (Running 62) will take on an 18-month placement with Felix Media (Jirga) as associate producer, supporting producers John Maynard and Bridget Ikin. 
    Funding for this placement was revoked in January 2021.
  • Writer, director and producer Rebecca Greensill (Home and Away) will do a six-month placement as development producer with Subtext Pictures (Dead Lucky), mentored by Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt.
  • Producer and cinematographer Claire Bishop (The Big Nothing) attended the American Society of Cinematographers Masterclass in Los Angeles. Bishop’s creative partner, screenwriter and director Lucy Campbell (The Big Nothing) also travelled to Los Angeles to complete the inaugural Bird In Hand Nest Residency, an eight-week professional development program with Australians in Film. Together they also developed and pitched their slate while in the US.
  • Documentary director Alexandra Gaulupeau (Life at a Snail’s Pace) attended the IDFAcademy in Amsterdam, an intensive four-day training program for documentary filmmakers, made up of master classes with experienced directors and sessions on outreach and distribution.
  • Writer and filmmaker Sarinah Masukor (Polychromatic) attended the three-week Union Docs Summer Documentary Development Lab in New York. The program allows early career filmmakers to receive guidance from experienced documentary artists and industry experts, to hone their pitches and clarify the creative direction for their projects.
  • Max Minkoff, who has worked across customer relations and programming at Melbourne International Film Festival and Sydney Film Festival, will attend the Next Wave program at the German Academy of Film and Television in Berlin to expand his knowledge of film distribution, exhibition and curatorship.
  • Writer/director Lydia Rui Huang (This Perfect Day, videographer on Beyoncé’s Mrs Carter tour) is receiving support to travel to London to undertake professional development at the National Film & Television School. Rui Huang is one of only eight candidates selected from an international pool, and is the only Australian director.
  • Multidisciplinary artist Jessica Surendorff (who worked in the Art Department on Needle) will undertake Film Design International’s Art Direction Course for Film & Television at Pinewood Studios in London, led by Terry Ackland-Snow (The Dark Crystal) to improve her skills in production design drafting.
Disclaimer:  Screen Australia has undertaken all reasonable measures to ensure the accuracy of this information at time of publication. If you have any updates please contact Enterprise.