Filmmaking: Tips, Sources & Tools — September 24, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Screen Australia offers internship opportunity for filmmakers

screen-australia-logoScreen Australia, in partnership with FilmNation Entertainment, is offering Australia’s film producers an internship opportunity.

A press release issued on Monday said, two emerging producers will be chosen to spend six months with FilmNation in either Los Angeles or New York from January 2014.

The program is supported by Screen Australia’s Talent Escalator program which offers professional development opportunities for Australian filmmakers, focused on building skills and careers in the film industry.

FilmNation is the go-to destination for some of the world’s most renowned filmmakers, including Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodovar and Sofia Coppola, shaping and selling films that since 2008 have grossed more than US$1 billion worldwide, according to the press release.

Martha Coleman, Screen Australia’s Head of Development said that FilmNation’s amazing record speaks for itself.

“This is a career-changing chance-in-a-lifetime for two of our brightest, most ambitious young producers to observe first-hand how some of the smartest executives in the world do their jobs in one of the most dynamic companies in the world,” she said.

The press release said the candidate placed in New York will work closely with FilmNation’s acquisition department. The New York office sales slate has included “The King’s Speech”, “Looper”, “Magic Mike”, “The Bling Ring” and David Michod’s “The Rover.”

Reporting to a senior FilmNation executive, the role will involve evaluating scripts and writing coverage for FilmNation’s international sales business, preparing projections and marketplace analysis for the Executive Vice President of Acquisitions, ‘running numbers’ on select submissions, tracking submissions and festival entries and attending filmmaker and key internal meetings.

Candidate placed at FilmNation Los Angeles office will work closely with the production department, which is responsible for Jeff Nichols’ “Mud”, Mark Tonderai’s “House at the End of the Street” and Dan Beers’ “Premature.”

The role at Los Angeles will involve evaluating scripts for FilmNation’s feature film production business, including writing detailed coverage, preparing analysis of scripts and ideas for the President of Production, preparing writer, director and cast lists, providing script notes on select projects and participating in writer and key internal meetings.

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