Australians in Film Launches New Script Development Program (Exclusive)

 Australians In Film

L.A.-based industry association Australians in Film (AiF) has launched a new script development program called Gateway L.A., The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Modeled on The Black List and the UK’s Brit List, Gateway L.A. will promote Australian writers to both Australian and international producers, development executives and talent in Los Angeles.

Gateway L.A. is an initiative of AiF’s newly appointed president Simonne Overend, who will oversee the program. It will offer up to three awards for the development of commercially viable, Australian-created TV and film screenplays for U.S. and international audiences.

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“This new program will help Australian projects secure exposure to the best networks in the business, and our goal is to discover screenplays with strong global appeal,” Overend said. “Gateway L.A. presents a fantastic opportunity to make Australians in Film an even more supportive and useful resource for Australians living and working in the U.S. 

“I look forward to steering the program and supporting the wealth of talent we are currently seeing emerge from Australia, and to working with the Australians in Film network as a whole,' she added.

Peter Lawson, executive vp production and acquisitions at Open Road Films, will co-chair Gateway L.A. with Overend. Overend is vp scripted development for Australian production company Essential Media (Saving Mr. Banks, Rake, Jack Irish).

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The Gateway L.A. prize will see between one and three winners per year. They will be selected from a list of up to 10 film and TV scripts, circulated to a group of judges selected from the AiF network.

Winning projects will receive a cash award to facilitate development of the script, a flight to L.A., targeted meetings with producers and executives and table reads.

Applications for the inaugural Gateway L.A. program open Aug. 4 and close Sept. 12.

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