Events » Ones To Watch 2015

Ones To Watch is a mentor program for emerging producers from around Australia who create content for big and small screens.

Now in its third year, our Ones To Watch program focuses on providing expert, one-on-one mentoring and career guidance by a leading, experienced screen industry producer.

This year's participants are:

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Bridget Callow Wright caption          Christian Doran caption          Christina Radburn caption

Cindy Li caption          Dustin Clare caption          Ivy Mak caption

Jaclyn Hewer caption          Lauren Brunswick caption          Phyllis Foundis caption

Rosie Lourde caption          Timothy Parish caption


The program connects successful participants with a leading screen industry mentor and provides unparalleled career opportunities, including the exclusive chance to apply for the Screen Internship, a joint partnership initiative between Screen Producers Australia and Screen Australia.

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The Ones To Watch program goes like this…


  • Selects talented emerging producers;
  • Individually matches them with an accomplished mentor from the production industry;
  • Provides the Ones To Watch with exclusive opportunities to apply for top-shelf initiatives, including the Screen Internship;
  • Promotes and connects them with key screen professionals;
  • Supports them to network and pitch their projects at the SCREEN FOREVER Conference in Melbourne, 17-19 November 2015.

So...who are we looking for?


  • With up to 4 years of continuous and recent experience as a producer in a professional capacity;
  • Have at least one and no more than three credits as a producer on a short film, feature film, television drama or comedy series, non-fiction television series or web series, that has been broadcast, theatrically released or selected for a prestigious film festival listed here (please contact us if your festival is not listed), or at least one and no more than three credits on a multiplatform project;
  • Have at least one project to develop during the Ones To Watch program;
  • Have not previously been selected for the Ones To Watch program.
  • Note: If you are part of a team you will need to apply as individuals.


  • One-on-one mentorship by an established producer or screen industry executive;
  • The exclusive opportunity to apply for the Screen Internship, a joint partnership initiative between Screen Producers Australia and Screen Australia that provides a Ones To Watch participant with $20,000 to work with a domestic or international screen production company;
  • Promotion of you and your project to our industry database and at SCREEN FOREVER;
  • Heavily discounted registration to SCREEN FOREVER. You will need to pay for your return travel to Melbourne and accommodation, food and personal expenses;
  • Opportunity to moderate a Roundtable at SCREEN FOREVER;
  • Connections with industry professionals at SCREEN FOREVER.


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  • Quality of the applicant’s project submission;
  • Relevance of the project to the applicant’s experience;
  • The potential for the project to be completed;
  • Evidence of a strategic approach to the applicant’s career and project development;
  • The Ones To Watch program offers the applicant opportunities they previously have not had access to;
  • Screen Producers Australia will also endeavour to, where possible, include a participant from each state/territory.

Applications will be assessed by Screen Producers Australia and an external Selection Committee. Applicants may be contacted during the process to clarify or provide further details of their application. Participants selected for the 2015 Ones To Watch program are chosen at the discretion of Screen Producers Australia and the Selection Committee. Screen Producers Australia are under no obligation to discuss the final decision.

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Ones To Watch has opened up doors that would've been hard to pry open otherwise. I am perpetually grateful that Ones To watch has the tenacity to look to the future of the film industry and emerging practitioners are able to get that next leg up that can be so ruthlessly hard in this game. Given a chance to get ahead, the capacity to shine is so much greater. I am also impressed and encouraged that the program seeks from the far reaches of Australia, ensuring all a fair go.

I would have been completely lost and overwhelmed attending the Conference for the first time if I wasn't part of the program. Plus it gives you something to make you stand out - introducing yourself to people as a Ones To Watch really seemed to have an impact.

Find out more about last year's participants here.