July 7th, 2019.

Writers’ Tool Kit

This intensive workshop is designed to support WA writers in all aspects of professional practice. The AWG will present up-to-date information on all aspects of contracting and industrial matters; industry practitioners will be discussing the nuts-and-bolts of working with such industrial tools as Final Draft; and a panel of WA screenwriters will be on-hand to discuss career strategies and share their experiences. Presented with the support of ScreenWest and Lottery West.

When: Sun, Jul 7, 2019 – 10:00AM – 05:00pm

Where: SAE Institute Perth, 116-120 Roe St, Northbridge, Western Australia, 6003, Australia

Cost: $50.00 (Limited Places)


June 8th & 9th, 2019.

The Business Of Directing

A two-day workshop for emerging directors, professional directors and those who want to know the nuts and bolts of The Business of Directing.

The workshop will cover contracts, director’s royalties, moral rights, casting, on-set relationships, superannuation, legal issues, insurance, camera technology, and international directing.

Industry professionals from a number of areas will lead the workshop, including directors with international credits, lawyers, funding bodies (Screenwest and Screen Australia), agents, casting agents and many more. Speakers to be announced soon!

Only 30 spots are available so book your tickets quickly!

DATE: Saturday, 8 June – Sunday, 9 June 2019

TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm (Networking drinks at the end of the weekend).

VENUE: WA Screen Academy – Building 13, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, Perth.


ADG Members: FREE

ASDACS members / Other guilds’ members / full time students: $50

General Public: $100

(Prices include lunches and refreshments. GST included)


June 7th, 2019.

WA Stories – Want to adapt a local story or identify the best format for your own story?

WA Stories is an opportunity for local writers to witness a series of highly diverse, Australian stories pitched to receive professional assessment from a panel representing each industry sector: short film, documentary, web-series, TV, and feature film.

Designed to identify the optimal angle to approach the formatting of each presented story, this event will also aid writers in identifying the correct format for their own ideas, whilst connecting local voices with producers, directors, and screenwriters.

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About: The Centre for Stories cultivates stories that inspire listeners, sparks empathy, and challenges intolerance. Our focus is on empowering people whose experiences and perspectives are often marginalised. This includes refugees, migrants, people of colour, sexual minorities, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

You are invited to ‘Storytellers Pitch’ at the Centre for Stories.

Join several storytellers of diverse backgrounds and experiences as they pitch their personal story to you. With room to chat afterwards, this event is sure to spark inspiration in writers for the screen.

When: Friday 7th June 6PM-7.30PM with mingling/networking to follow.

Where: Centre for Stories, 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge 6003

Only 30 seats available so RSVP is essential!


May 3rd, 2019.

VR Directing and Writing Masterclass with Briege Whitehead

Participants of this masterclass will get the opportunity to learn from experienced VR documentary writer, producer and director, Briege Whitehead from Australian based production company, White Spark Pictures.

White Spark Pictures specialises in international factual television and immersive, interactive productions.

When: Friday, 3rd of May
Time: 10:00am – 3.00pm
Where: The Backlot Perth – 21 Sampson Street, West Perth
Cost: This is a subsidised event, however, participants are asked to pay $15.00 to cover lunch and morning tea.

Ticket purchase and more information can be found via the eventbrite link –
VR Directing and Writing Masterclass

What to expect: Participants will be able to experience Briege’s immersive virtual reality (VR) work, The Antarctica Experience, and examine the writing and directing challenges, approaches and strategies arising in the creation of VR content.

This event will be held in conjunction with a larger VR initiative in Perth produced by Visor Immersive, and supported by Screenwest.

March 5th, 2019.

A live-stream event from the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) – Myth, Metaphor & Truth: Crafting Hybrid documentary with Gabrielle Brady

Participants of this event will have the opportunity to watch her feature documentary, Island of the Hungry Ghosts, followed by a live-stream workshop session. Gabrielle will discuss the challenges encountered in making the film and contextualise its hybrid elements in terms of ethics, technique, craft and performance.

When: Tuesday 5th of March
Time: 12pm – 3.30pm (arrive 11.45am)
Where: WA Screen Academy (Building 13, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, Australia 6050) 12pm: Screening of Island of the Hungry Ghosts
2pm – 3pm: Live Stream event from AIDC Melbourne
Cost: Free

NOTE: Only 25 places available – so please RSVP via the link: https://wasagabriellebrady.eventbrite.com.au.

If you have any questions please contact Alexandra Nell at the WA Screen Academy on contact@alexandranell.com, or ADG WA Chapter Head, Cathy Henkel, on c.henkel@ecu.edu.au

March 11th, 2019.

Masterclass event with Gabrielle Brady in Perth, WA

Ten WA practitioners will be selected to attend a four-hour masterclass with Gabrielle in Perth the following Monday, exploring their hybrid projects. This half-day workshop will be a playful, interactive and informative introduction to the use of hybrid filmmaking tools in documentary.

When: Monday 11th of March
Time: 10.30am – 2.30pm (arrive 10.15am)
Where: WA Screen Academy (Building 13, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, Australia 6050)
Cost: Free

NOTE: Only 10 places available.

You will need to have attended the live-stream event to be eligible for this masterclass.

As there are limited places, we are asking participants to submit a CV, ONE paragraph on why you would like to attend the masterclass, and a ONE page synopsis on your documentary idea to workshop during this session.

To apply, please email Cathy Henkel on c.henkel@ecu.edu.au.

March 11th – May 13th, 2019.

Feature Film Bootcamp 2.0

The upcoming Feature Film Boot Camp supports teams of writers/directors/producers who have an existing screenplay and want to kick it in the draft.

Three teams will be selected to participate in weekly workshops and one-on-one meetings to actively develop a new draft of an existing screenplay. All groups must commit to the ten-week boot camp process. This means that – on a weekly basis – at least two people from each team must attend the weekly workshop.

Teams of writers, directors and producers are eligible to apply. Three teams will be selected to be involved from March 11th to May 13th.

Please submit a single PDF containing:
1) 1-2 paragraph bio of each team member;
2) screenplay title, log line and paragraph synopsis; and
3) 1-2 page summary of project, issues of the current draft, goals for new draft, etc.

Submit all materials to Barbara Connell at barbara@leapfrogfilms.com.au.
Deadline is: 15 February 2019 at 5:00pm.
Selected participants will be notified no later than 22 February 2019.

All queries can be sent to: barbara@leapfrogfilms.com.au

December 10th, 2018.

Mix & Match.

Open to members of the West Australian film industry who have projects in development or ready to pitch and are seeking creative partners. The format of the evening will be structured and un-structured meeting, mixing and mingling.  The goal is to connect people at both ends of the “project continuum”: those with projects and those looking for projects.

Right now we are calling for project submissions. Potential participants are required to submit a log line and one paragraph description of their project. A maximum of twenty (25) projects will be considered. Anyone who completed Feature Film Boot Camp (FFBC) 1.0 will have right-of-first-refusal to participate in the pitch meetings.

The Mix and Match event will take place on December 10th and you will need to submit your project for consideration by November 30th.

Projects can be all formats of drama: tv, feature, shorts, web series and we will attempt as best we can to match your project with interested partners, which could be producers, directors or writers.

Please send your projects to: