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Apply now: Screenworks Directing Intensive

PICTURED: Screen Director Kriv Stenders
















APPLICATIONS DUE: 9am Monday 22 July 2019
 24-25 August 2019
WHERE:  Linnaeus Estate, Byron Bay

Applications are now open for early-career screen directors living in regional* Queensland to attend this 2-day intensive workshop to further develop their skills.

Connect with and learn from two of Australia’s most accomplished screen directors in a two-day intensive on the craft of screen directing. Guest speakers include Kriv Stenders (Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan, Red Dog) and Kingston Anderson (CEO Australian Directors Guild) the Documentary guest Director is to be announced.

Screen Queensland will fund two placements (including travel and accomodation) for applicants based in regional* Queensland. One of these placements will be provided for a screen industry practitioner residing in Far North Queensland.

* regional areas are defined as a resident outside of South East Queensland, being defined as a 100 kilometre radius of the Brisbane or Gold Coast central business district.




Kriv Stenders is one of Australia’s most renown and respected film and television directors with numerous critically acclaimed and award-winning shorts, documentaries, music videos, television series and feature films to his credit.

His feature films include The Illustrated Family Doctor (Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival), Blacktown (Audience Award Winner Sydney Film Festival), Boxing Day (Adelaide Film Festival Premiere and Jury Special Mention/ Best Actor Award at the Busan and Montreal Nouveu Cinema International Film festivals). Kriv’s fourth feature, Lucky Country received two AFI nominations as well as being in Official Selection for the Adelaide, Cork, Montreal, Palm Springs and St Tropez Film Festivals.

His fifth feature, Red Dog, released by Roadshow in August 2011 has now earned over $22 million at the box office, making it the eighth highest grossing Australian film of all time. As of 2012, it became the highest selling Australian DVD of all time. Red Dog won both Best Director and Best Film at the 2011 IF Awards and the Best Film Award at the inaugural 2012 ACCTA Awards. In 2013 Kriv directed Kill Me Three Times starring Simon Pegg, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Sullivan Stapleton and Bryan Brown. It was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures in the U.S. in April and eOne in Australia. Kriv followed up the success of Red Dog with Red Dog: True Blue, which was released by Roadshow in 2016.

For TV, Kriv’s credits include Australia Day for Foxtel, which also received a theatrical release and screened at the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane Film Festivals; the first and second series of Doctor Doctor for Channel 9; A Place To Call Home for Channel 7; The Principal, a four-part Television drama for SBS TV, starring Alex Dimitriades and Aden Young; the feature-length documentary, Why Anzac with Sam Neill for ABC TV; and Hunters for NBC Universal/SyFy Channel/Matchbox Pictures.

Kriv’s recent credits include the reimagining of the seminal film Wake In Fright as a TV series for Channel 10; Uncharted, a feature documentary with Sam Neill for ABC TV that follows the journey of Captain Cook and Right Here: The Go Betweens, the feature documentary about the extraordinary band and their journey; and Jack Irish, for Easy Tiger Productions and ABC TV.

Kriv is currently in post production on his latest film Danger Close, which tells the epic story of the Battle of Long Tan.

Kriv also continues to work as a director on numerous award-winning television and online advertising campaigns both in Australia and overseas.



The ADG is a registered industry association representing the interests of film, television and digital media directors, documentary makers and animators throughout Australia.

As the Executive Director of the Australian Directors’ Guild, Kingston is responsible for the management of one of the main organisations that represents over 650 Australian directors. His responsibilities include policy development, event management and overseeing the different state committees of the Guild. He comes from a theatre and film background working as a theatre director, film and television producer, as well as a consultant for screen organisations across Australia. He was the manager of the Production Liaison Unit of the NSW Film and Television Office for three years and has served on a number of boards, including the Association of Film Commissions International. He produced Aftershocks (SBS), Taxi School (SBS), A Frontier Conversation (NITV) and Kulka (NITV)