Australians in Film has secured the support of a number of high profile film executives to judge the Gateway LA script development program.
The writing program will support the development of commercially successful, Australian created television and movie screenplays for US and international audiences. Writers have just ten days left to make their submissions to the program with applications due to close on September 12.
The judges will announce an 'Aussie List' of up to 10 film and television scripts, from which between one and three winners will be selected. The winning projects will receive a cash award to facilitate development of the script, a flight to LA, targeted meetings with producers and executives, and table reads. The judges are:
Audrey Chon, VP Scripted Television, Shine America (Gracepoint, The Bridge)
Michael Costigan, Producer (Stoker, Out of the Furnace), Executive Producer (Brokeback Mountain, Prometheus)
Jonathan Hludzinski, Creative Executive at Animal Logic
Peter Lawson, VP of Production and Acquisitions, Open Road Films and co-chair of Gateway LA Program
Simonne Overend, Vice President of Scripted Development for Essential Media (Saving Mr. Banks, Rake), President of Australians in Film and Co-Chair of Gateway LA Program
Bruna Papandrea, Producer, Pacific Standard (Gone Girl, Warm Bodies)
Michelle Sandoval, Executive, Ausfilm
Bec Smith, Agent (Motion Picture Literary and Independent Film Group) at United Talent Agency
Stacey Testro, (Manager/Producer) of Stacey Testro International
Of the judges, Australians in Film President Simonne Overend said, "We are so fortunate to have the support of such high calibre professionals and delighted that the Gateway LA applicants have access to a panel with such a wealth of experience and knowledge."
"The interest we've had from the industry in this program is indicative of the considerable enthusiasm in Los Angeles for talent currently emerging from Australia," she said.
The AiF network includes producers, development executives, the Board of Advisors and Board Members including Greg Basser, CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, writer/director Stuart Beattie, Peter Lawson, Executive Vice President of production and acquisitions at Open Road, Tracey Vieira, CEO Screen Queensland, and Ian Sutherland, Producer at Origin Productions.