Ones To Watch is a mentor program for emerging producers from around Australia who create content for big and small screens.


We match each successful Ones To Watch participant with a leading, experienced screen industry producer, who provides expert one-on-one mentoring and career guidance.

Applications have closed.

Find out more about last year's Ones To Watch:

Mentor: Nathan Mayfield, Hoodlum

Aaron Fa’Aoso is best known for his appearances in ABC’s BLACK COMEDY, which was nominated for Most Outstanding Comedy Program at the 2015 Logies and won an AACTA for Best Direction.  Aaron will next be seen in the new Nine Network drama series, HYDE & SEEK and Ivan Sen’s feature, GOLDSTONE which is opening the 2016 Sydney Film Festival.

He first came to prominence in 2004 with his performance as ‘Eddie’ in the critically-acclaimed SBS mini-series, R.A.N., for which he received nominations for an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Drama and a LOGIE Award for Most Outstanding New Talent. 

Following on from that success, Aaron joined the multi award winning SBS series EAST WEST 101for which he received a 2011 Monte Carlo TV Festival award nomination for Most Outstanding Actor. In 2012 he was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the show was awarded Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Television Drama Series at the Equity Awards. 

His other television credits include the German series MUNCHEN 7, CITY HOMICIDE, SEA PATROL and Screentime’s BIKIE WARS: BROTHERS IN ARMS on Network Ten.

In 2009, Aaron made his feature film debut in Sue Brooks’ SUBDIVISION.

Aaron is also an accomplished stage actor, he was one of the devisors and performers in the Urban Theatre Project’s highly successful play, BACK HOME, which sold out at the 2006 Sydney Festival and toured to Toronto, Canada the following year. He also featured in Queensland’s Koeemba Jdarra Performing Arts Company productions of HOWIE THE ROOKIE and NJUNJAL THE SUN. 

Aaron is a four time Deadly Award nominee for Male Actor of the Year for his performances in R.A.N.and EAST WEST 101.

Aaron has also been active behind the camera writing and directing the short film, SHARP EYE, as part of the SBS Television series BIT OF BLACK BUSINESS.

In 2012, Aaron Associate Produced and starred opposite UK actor Brian Cox in the ABC crime drama, THE STRAITS. The series is based on his original idea and Produced by Matchbox Pictures.

In 2016, his production company Lone Star, along with Bunya Productions, will produce a 3 x 1hr drama documentary series on the history of the Torres Strait Islands called BLUE WATER EMPIRE. Aaron is one of 3 producers on the series.

Aaron was the producer attachment on the feature film GOLDSTONE and is currently a member of the 2015/16 Indigenous Producers Initiative with Screen Australia. For the past two years Aaron has been training young Torres Strait Islanders in filmmaking as part of a TAFE accredited My Pathways programme. 

Mentor: Kylie Mascord, Ambience Entertainment

Anita Ondine is a writer/director/producer who is best known for her work in the digital/transmedia/multiplatform space where she embraces a range of innovative approaches to storytelling.  

Anita has overseen the concepting and development of over a dozen original transmedia properties, including Lance Weiler’s groundbreaking Pandemic 1.0 which was the first fully transmedia story experience to debut at the Sundance Film Festival and produced the companion short film “Pandemic 41.410806, -75.654259,” which premiered in competition at Sundance and was distributed via a US cable network reaching 28 million homes. Anita has also worked with several major broadcasters in Europe, Asia and the United States to develop their own transmedia programs.

Now focused on integrating emergent technology and audience engagement techniques with mainstream media properties, Anita is developing several projects aimed at the film and television markets that are designed to incorporate transmedia from the outset. 

Anita is currently in post production on her debut feature documentary, in collaboration with MONA (Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art), which includes an array of transmedia story extensions including music, interactive video and audience participation. Other projects in development utilise VR (virtual reality), online companions, real-world installations and gameplay. Anita also co-produced a dark comedy feature filmed in Los Angeles, with Australian director Philip Alderton. 

Anita has extensive experience in intellectual property/technology law, finance, strategy and risk management, having worked in the fields of law and finance for over a decade, including six years working in London at Lehman Brothers, the global investment bank, where she held the title of Senior Vice President.

Anita loves sharing her knowledge of cutting edge storytelling techniques and co-founded the popular Transmedia Next workshop series to bring together the brightest minds in both the creation and commissioning of digital content. Anita has lead workshops and given talks in cities the world over, including London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Athens, Tel Aviv, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and many more.

Anita has served as a Board Member at Screen Tasmania since 2013, where she is focused on the digital sector. Anita has also consulted for the Canada Media Fund on their Experimental Stream for innovation funding and has been a Mentor at the Hive Lab, championing cross-cultural collaboration between artists from a diverse range of disciplines.  

Anita has participated in the Berlinale Talents programme at the Berlin Film Festival and the Cannes Producers Network which runs in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival. Anita graduated with First Class Honours in Law and holds a BA in Political Science from ANU.

Mentor: Ed Punchard, Prospero Productions

Briege Whitehead is a Producer, Director and Writer based in Perth, Western Australia. She has recently established her own production company that is currently in development for a 12-part factual series to be distributed on the global market.
Since graduating with her Masters Degree from the WA Screen Academy in 2014, Briege has been working at Showrunner Productions as a Producer, Writer and Camera Operator on their international factual TV series, including the ’72’ Series; ‘72 Dangerous Places to Live’ and ‘72 Cutest Animals’. Broadcasters for the hit format include National Geographic International, Discovery, MTG and Netflix Global and have been seen by over 120 million viewers in more than 80 countries.
Her work as Director has continued in short dramas, interactive dramas and corporates, including clients such as RAC and City of Perth and most notably the ‘Your Call’ campaign; directing the first two projects and earning nominations in the Atom Awards and WA Screen Awards for best interactive online drama ‘#EmilyWasted’. Her success in these projects has continued into working as digital production manager on the SBS series ‘Top Knot Detective’, specialising in interactive multiplatform design and direction.

Briege completed a 6-month internship at a local production company in Toronto, Canada, whilst studying at Ryerson University, was the 2014 Advance Global Australian Awards Mentee and 2015 Golden Key International Society Recipient for her Master’s Degree.

Briege will be working as a Producer on three new factual series out of Perth this year, and is in development for several new interactive projects of her own.
She is currently in pre-production for her short film ‘Crumbs’ which has recently received funding through FTI’s OOMPF with filming due to commence mid June.

Mentor: Andrea Denholm, Princess Pictures

Chris has been working in the entertainment industry professionally since he was fourteen. His first job was operating animatronics for a BBC kids show, and then moved on to lighting design for live productions which has taken him all around Australia as well as Taiwan, South Africa & New Zealand. He was previously the Post Production Supervisor at Melbourne’s award-winning editing house The Butchery, and finishing house The Refinery.

Chris has an incredibly strong and varied technical and business background, and takes care of the day-to-day operations at LateNite – ensuring that each production makes the use of the best and more current technology and workflows. He is a member of SPA and the ASSG. He’s also on the committee for the Australian Screen Editors and is an Adobe Community Professional.

Mentor: Nathan Anderson, Start VR

Darius devas has established himself as one of the leaders in of multi- platform filmmaking in Australia. This was solidified with international success of his interactive multiplatform documentary series Goa Hippy Tribe for SBS, funded by Screen Australia and Screen NSW. the project won him the prestigious 2012 SXSW interactive award for Film & TV as well as winning many other awards and selections at festivals worldwide.

In 2016 Darius is in post production for Slam TV (working title) a six part series for ABC iView. He is also developing is multiplatform project Around Oceans, which will begin production in 2017.

In 2015, the multi million-dollar crowdfunding sensations Flow Hive, asked Darius to join their media team as a digital content producer. Darius also created a series of intimate video portraits and an EPK on the Grammy nominated band Hiatus Kaiyote, for Sony Music.

In 2014 Darius received Screen Australia development funding for his Multi- platform documentary The Afghan Connection. His short film Meeting Susan had its world premiere at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival. His experimental short Within (narrated by Guy Pearce) at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of Melbourne Now as well as TedXSdyney 2014.

In 2013 his interactive documentary series This City Speaks received development funding from Screen Australia. In 2009, Darius directed and produced his first feature film, Further We Search.

In 2006, success with his travel film One Revolution gained him work as a content producer with Lonely Planet TV, working on their online TV channel. Darius began filmmaking straight out of school in 2003, producing a series of surf films for Nomad distribution and continues to source his inspiration from the ocean. 

Mentor: Vicki Madden, Sweet Potato Films

Elle Croxford has a proven track record in management, sales, marketing and consulting in film and television - nationally and internationally – and in state and local government, creative industries and business development. Her career encompasses development, production, post production and distribution. She was a senior executive at the Pacific Film & Television Commission, now Screen Queensland, with a significant role in marketing Queensland and attracting international and national projects to the state. She consults to Cutting Edge in a business development management role for features and television, looking after Queensland and Los Angeles. With over twenty years in the film and television industry, Elle made the transition into producing and screenwriting and is collaborating with Australian and international filmmakers on a number of independent film and television projects currently in development.

Mentor: Chloe Rickard, Jungle

Lauren Elliott is a founding member of Mad Kids, a digital, film and television production company based in Perth, Western Australia. Mad Kids’ mission is to create iconic, original and entertaining content that makes noise around the world. Lauren has produced multiple web series and digital shorts including The Legend of Gavin Tanner, DAFUQ?, The Shapes, The Write Stuff with Noel and Carl Pennyman and Henry & Aaron’s 7 Steps to Superstardom as well as viral sensations It’s A Snap! (3 million views) and Set Yourself Free (20 million views). Lauren recently returned home to Perth after six months in LA, learning the Hollywood ropes from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and Tim & Eric’s Abso Lutely Productions. In 2015, she was the winner of the inaugural Screenwest Emerging Producer’s Initiative and was awarded $100,000 to put towards project and professional development. This year, she produced her debut half hour TV pilot, The Legend of Gavin and the New Best Mate which premiered on ABC1 in May 2016. She is currently in post-production on her first documentary, DIGILANTE, and has a slate of new TV comedy projects in development.

Mentor: Mark Lazarus, Arclight Films

Liliana Munoz is the chief enthusiast and founder of independent production house, Maximo Entertainment.

Prior to forging her dream path, Liliana jobbed as Series Producer and Executive Development Producer and Consultant for FremantleMedia Australia & North America. She was also a key creator for the youth cable network MTV Australia’s flagship show, The Lair, discovering Ruby Rose along the way. Liliana has produced on shows for all major Australian networks, Channel 4 UK, MTV US and Lifetime US.

Today, Lilianadevelops, finances and produces Australian original scripted content that is cross-genre and cross-platform for the international market through her company Maximo. Her current slate includes D I N G O , a supernatural indigenous thriller, with award- winning Catriona McKenzie (Redfern Now, Satellite Boy) attached to direct and Neal Kingston co-producing; LOVE NEVER DIES, a female-driven paranormal anthology series based on a non-fiction bestseller by Australian journalist Karina Machado, with award-winning Elissa Down (Mr&Mrs Montague,The Black Balloon) and Claire McCarthy (Ophelia, The Turning) attached; and NAKED, a youth digital drama written by teenagers Nicholas Burton (NIDA freshman) and Matt Castley (NYU freshman,Doctor Doctor) and featuring multiple award winning actress Susie Porter.

Raised in Chile prior to moving to Australia when she was 15, Liliana survived a strict catholic education run by German-Chilean nuns and learned how to keep her feet firm on the ground during an 8.0 earthquake by holding onto the family’s apricot tree. Above all, Liliana is a driving-doer, excited to make evergreen memorable entertainment.

Mentor: Carmel Travers, Essential Media and Entertainment

Managing Director of Kreiworks, Lina is a multi-platform producer/creator with extensive experience in international marketing and business management. Lina is Executive Producer of the children's transmedia strategy Ana the Pirate (Discovery Kids LATAM –Prix Jeunesse International 2016 Finalist and Gender Equality Prize nominee), and represents other TV series globally, including 2D animation Pipo, My Imaginary Friend (Netflix LATAM) and live-action show TicLab. Lina is currently developing a slate of live-action and animation programs for children with highly recognised international partners and undertaking a Producer attachment with Matchbox Pictures.

Lina studied writing for children at the Escuela de Escritores of Madrid, screenwriting at AFTRS and with various recognised industry professionals, and playwriting with dramaturg Peter Matheson. Author of children's stories The Lion who Meowed, and David is a Frog, published in Spain, and lyrics writer for Pipo, My Imaginary Friend (S1 - English version).

Lina produces cultural diplomacy initiatives between Australia and Ibero-America and has worked in the same field in Europe with UNESCO’s International Council of Film and Television, UN-Affiliated Digital Communication Observatory, and the Italian Design Agency. She is currently member of the ACT Divisional Advisory Board of the Australian Red Cross.

Lina studies include Bachelors Degrees in Social Science (Media) and in Public Relations, a Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs, and a Diploma in Project Management.

Mentor: Alan Erson, Essential Media and Entertainment

Lou is a curious filmmaker, fascinated by the beauty of the ordinary world around her. Her passion for telling compelling, authentic stories and giving a voice to the stories of real people, has lead her to work across all kinds of content, with a strong focus on both documentaries and commercials. Lou loves working with all kinds of talent and believes that everyone has a unique story to share with the world. She delights in the incredible, unexpected and candid moments that can be delivered as people use their own words and voices to express how they see the world.

Lou’s first documentary ‘Blood, Sweat & Sequins’ was just picked up by Netflix globally. Lou’s aim whilst making the documentary to have 10 million people watch the film. During broadcast, it was a was a ratings hit, airing on SBS, SBS2, National Geographic, Fox, Stan, iTunes and GooglePlay plus various others networks overseas. The film has a 52’ minute duration and is a great little film, especially considering it was Lou’s first film. It was written, produced, directed and financed by the filmmaker.

Since then she has produced and directed Harry Kewell, cars, babies and chickens. Most recently her short social doco ‘zoe.’ about a little girl who thinks big, has been successful on the international film festival circuit playing, about 15 festivals to date. Lou has produced all kinds of projects from ten car commercials in a two-day shoot; through to a virtual reality ( VR ) project whose lead talent was only able to allocate 15 minutes for filming and was located on the other side of the world. Lou has directed several content video series for Toyota, CommBank, NAB, Fiat, DHA plus many more. Much of Lou’s filmmaking is exploring subculture and finding secret access to unusual people and places.

Lou loves flying and airports, which is fortunate as she is trans-state. Based in both Melbourne and Sydney, which keeps her Mum happy. Originally a Sydney girl, who lives in Melbourne but works in Sydney half of the year, she works as a local in both cities.

Mentor: Toni Malone, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder

Maria is a filmmaker, actor and community facilitator and has worked in the Australian film and television industry for the last ten years in various capacities. In 2012 Maria worked for Screen NSW’s Development and Production Unit as a producer placement and was NSW State Champion at the 2011 National Film Pitching Competition. Prior to this, she had produced ABC/ JTV micro series “Downtown Rumble” and in 2012 was employed as a researcher and producer’s assistant for SBS TV documentary “Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta”. She has directed award-winning short "Happy Dent" and produced action Kung Fu comedy movie "Maximum Choppage". Her current mockumentary short "Hot Bread Shop" was officially selected for the 2011 Colourfest Film Festival. In Jan 2013, she played a lead female assassin in Hollywood legend; Roger Corman’s upcoming action film in China “Fist of the Dragon”. In 2013, Maria produced Australia’s first Vietnamese TV series “Change of Our Lives” which is a partnership with Cancer Council and ICE for the Vietnamese community. In early 2014, Maria was working on ABC’s TV series Maximum Choppage as an Associate Producer, stunt double and extras casting coordinator. She has recently finished working on another ABC1 documentary by academy award nominee David Bradbury’s “Battle of Balmoral” and finished producing China co-pro “Take Me to the End of the Earth” and awaiting the release of Vietnamese action movie “Truy Sat | Tracer” in both Vietnam and Australian cinemas in May, 2016. In her spare time, she teaches at guerrilla filmmaking, screen acting and fight choreography/ stage combat at AFTRS as well as her own weekly classes of Screen Action Fight Essentials in Western Sydney. 

Mentor: Marcus Gillezeau, Firelight Productions

Marissa McDowell is a film producer, writer and director for Black & White Films.  She has produced thirteen short documentaries for SBS, NITV Our Stories, Our Way and was recently selected to be a part of the Indigenous Producers Initiative with Screen Australia. 

She has also produced, directed and written a number of short films and documentaries and was a finalist for the Canberra Short Film Festival for a documentary she produced on the Canberra Glassworks which was screened at Dendy Cinema and displayed at the Festival of Pacific Arts. 

She is currently working towards developing a multiplatform digital adult comedy series, Ambos, writing a family feature film a dreamtime thriller feature and a dreamtime short film that will include the use of her Wiradjuri language.  

Marissa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honour, Bachelor of Media Arts and Production at the University of Canberra in 2013 and previously received her Advanced Diploma in Media Art and Production from the Canberra Institute of Technology.

Mentor: Madeleine Hetherton, Media Stockade

Prior to filmmaking, Niall’s career involved working with threatened and endangered animals in remote and spectacular wilderness areas. He holds a Doctorate in Zoology and was named the 2012 Australian Geographic Conservationist of the Year for founding the multi-award winning Bookend Trust education program. Bookend has been recognised by the Banksia Foundation ‘for creating lasting and positive community impact’ and by the United Nations Association of Australia for being ‘strongly grounded in the community and achieving inspiring environmental and personal outcomes for participants and the broader community’. School and public engagement in this program has led to its expansion across Australia in collaboration with the Australian Department of Education.

Through Bookend, Niall has produced multiple short educational films, and he won the inaugural Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival ‘Devil’ Award for Innovation in Filmmaking. 16 Legs: Spider Love and its feature-length bigger sister SIXTEEN LEGS have been his introduction to larger scale film production.

16 Legs: Spider Love (2014) was his Director-Producer debut, telling the behind-the-scenes challenges of filming the natural history components of SIXTEEN LEGS. It had a dual-hemisphere world premiere at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival (Canada, where it was a Festival Finalist) and the 2014 BOFA Film Festival (Australia). It has screened at another 3 international film festivals, and was a Festival Finalist at each of those as well, including the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (US) in the Marian Zunz Emerging Filmmaker category. At Jackson Hole, the project was showcased alongside work from the BBC, Discovery and Disney Nature. The footage has also won a Gold Award and an Award of Distinction from the Australian Cinematographers Society.

SIXTEEN LEGS is still in production. It tells the story of one of the oldest Australians, an unusual animal of global significance that has survived past mass extinctions by living in some of Australia's biggest and deepest caves. This darkly fascinating story features Neil Gaiman, Stephen Fry, Kate Miller-Heidke, Tara Moss, Adam Hills and Mark Gatiss among others. It was selected as one of seven in-production natural history projects from around the globe for the international pitch presentation at Sunny Side of the Doc in France, and it has been selected by George R.R. Martin to launch his Jean Cocteau Cinema in the US. 

Mentor: Mark Ruse, Ruby Entertainment

Nick has been working in the film and television industry since he was eight, featuring in television shows such as Holly’s Heroes, The Saddle Club, Neighbours, Blue Heelers and Winners & Losers. 

Having spent almost his entire life on film sets has helped him establish a career as a Producer/Director.  His short films have screened both here and abroad at festivals including Flickerfest, Palm Springs, Frameline, Cinefest Oz and Cinequest. As well as shorts he has also directed advertising campaigns for clients such as SEEK, Opel Cars, Herald Sun, Windsor Smith and the Victorian Cancer Council.

Nick has produced a number of projects for award winning filmmaker Michael Shanks including the SBS2 television series The Wizards of Aus and a music video for Guy Pearce’s debut single Storm.  Nick has also completed Director’s Attachments on Neighbours and the award winning ABC series The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

Nick is the co-owner of independent production company LateNite Films with Chris Hocking.

Mentor: Amanda Higgs

Ramona Telecican is a Melbourne based Producer, currently holding post at VICE Media (Australia) and as the Executive Producer of Radioactive Gigantism Films.

During her time at VICE, Ramona has produced an abundance of documentary and commercial work both at home and abroad.

Two of the short films Ramona has produced; AT THE FORMAL and MEN OF THE EARTH, have screened in competition at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals such as Locarno, Rotterdam, Clermont Ferrand, and AFI Festival.

Both films picked up numerous awards, including the Emerging Australian Filmmaker Prize at MIFF 2011, Best Short Film at the 2011 Gijon International Film Festival, Best Short Horror at Austin Fantastic Horror Fest and the Grand Prix at the Bordeaux International Film Festival. 

Ramona’s most recent accolade being awarded to her fashion film STRANGERS IN A MOMENT, as one of the three finalists at the 2016 Virgin Australia Fashion Festival, Fashion Film Series.

In 2015, with the assistance of Screen Australia, Ramona produced the short film WELCOME HOME ALLEN. This film will have its Australian premiere as a Dendy Award Finalist at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival.

Ramona believes in the youth and in calling out to them with empowering and engaging content that speaks volumes, excites and is infectious with action, reputation and conversation.

Ramona loves what she does and she has a proven track record of being damn good at it. 

Mentor: Barbara Stephen, Flying Bark Productions

After spending six years in talent management at a top-level agency, Rob decided to pursue his creative interests and move into production. He is an ambitious producer and creator, and his combination of skills gives him a well-rounded approach to developing and producing projects. 

Rob has just completed Housemates, an ABC iview original series that he produced and directed. This was a concept he developed with his creative team and pitched directly to ABC. Currently he is working with Princess Pictures as a story producer on a brand new documentary series to be broadcast in 2017. He is also finishing a web series on busking in Melbourne, and a short documentary film about a group of volunteers in the Laos capital city Vientiane. Previously he was a producer on Harley-Davidson TV, a branded lifestyle and travel series on 7Mate and 4ME (56x episodes). This series saw him producing stories in Vietnam and across Australia, including a trip on the back of a motorbike from Broome to Brisbane, which he also shot. 

Rob has produced, written and directed short films that have screened and won awards at festivals around the world. His most recent short film First Date screened at Byron Bay International Film Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg and Shorts at Midnight both in Germany, and won third prize at the Lorne Film Festival. Other short films include For Evie, Courage, and One Moment. He has also placed in several international competitions for commercial spots including second place in MOFILM Coke Zero and as a finalist in the Qantas competition.

Rob has a strong interest in telling great stories, and his passion and energy has him continuing to develop new ideas and projects, both as a freelancer and also with his creative company Mashup Pictures.

Mentor: Jennifer Wilson, The Project Factory

Sandra Pires (BA Communications, CSU Bathurst, BSc Hons Psychology UOW, Advanced Diploma in Screen & Media) is a multiplatform producer/director and founder of Why Documentaries and the startup Yesterday Stories. She is interested in film as the best medium to create change .

Her second feature documentary (2015) The Dalfram Dispute 1938: Pig Iron Bob looks at the fraught politics of the 1930s in Australia and internationally ( when waterside workers refused to load a shipment of pig iron to Japan for 11 weeks, it left Bob Menzies with the nickname Pig Iron Bob for the rest of his life. The documentary was filmed in Australia and in China including interviews with some of the last survivors of the Nanjing Massacre. The film also interviews a number of people including Sir Robert Menzies' daughter, the late Tom Uren and various historians and family members of the men involved. At the opening in Wollongong to 800 people, it received a standing ovation, and was also screened in China. It was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Screen Producers’ Association of Australia Best Documentary Award 2015 (alongside Sherpa and Gillian Armstrong’s Women he’s undressed) and was one of three films selected as a finalist for a NSW Premier’s history award.

Sandra runs a video production house Why Documentaries out of Wollongong and produces online digital content for communities, Government and organisations. Her work in the multicultural sector has led to a number of awards including a number of National Multicultural Marketing Awards, a NSW Health Award as well as a National Trust heritage award.

She is interested in pursuing how film/documentary and the online space and content can increase empathy in the real world, bring history online to empower and conserve community character, use story to deliver messages of peace and reconciliation, and create behavioural change including better outcomes for health and education.

Sandra is currently producing & directing her third feature documentary on Australian history The Triumph of Failure which looks at the Australian battle of vinegar hill when 200 Irish convicts led Australia's first rebellion and remains an authentic link between Ireland and Australia

Mentor: Kylie Washington, Matchbox Pictures

Tanith Glynn-Maloney is an emerging producer from Alice Springs and is currently working as the Development Investment Manager for Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department’s second Songlines on Screen Initiative, an emerging initiative for remote indigenous filmmakers to record a Songline in their region.

She hails from a creative family and has always had a passion for Indigenous film, but it wasn’t until the last few years that she decided to give it a crack.

Tanith began her career like many indigenous filmmakers including Warwick Thornton, Steven McGregor and Rachel Perkins at CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) in Alice Springs.

Tanith produced Nulla Nulla, a short film that had its world premiere at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015, the film went on to win the AACTA Award for best short film in the same year.

Tanith is currently participating in the Indigenous Producers Initiative with the Indigenous Department of Screen Australia. The 12 month initiative has seen 10 emerging Indigenous Producers participate in 4 intensive workshops learning skills from respected industry practitioners. 

Mentor: Donna Andrews, Sticky Pictures

Yingna Lu is a film, branded content, music video and multiplatform producer.

She began her career accidentally working as a PA on a reality dating show while she was a communications student at UTS. She decided that after weeks of feeding actors scripted material, she may as well get into the business of producing quality scripts. The next few years took her diving through the media industry where she developed a portfolio in film, digital content and advertising.

In 2013/2014, Yingna’s 12 x 3min comedy series ‘Lessons From The Grave’, had its two seasons commissioned by Screen NSW and broadcast on ABC2 then ABC1. The same team followed up in 2015 to produce, 'Let's Talk About' a 10 x 3min show, and became one of the first to be commissioned by Presto TV. In early 2016, the show was re-commissioned for a second season by Presto, and was awarded Screen NSW development funding. The show begins production in 2016.

In 2015, her 9 x 3min comedy web series, ‘Wingman’ was named Outstanding Comedy at the LA Webfest, Huffington Post called it a 'brilliant comedy web series', and SBS Comedy called it ‘one of the best web series to come out of Australia this year’ and has reached over 450k views. It also screened at the 2016 St. Kilda Film Festival. Her comedy short ‘Farid in the West’ picked up screenings at the 2013 Palm Springs Shorts Festival, 2014 Flickerfest, and was awarded runner up Best Women’s Short at the 2013 Cleveland Film Festival.

She has Vimeo Staff picked music video clips for international artists RUFUS (‘Tonight’), and SBCR aka the Bloody Beetroots (‘The Grid’). She also line produced a $100,000 Bollywood inspired short, ‘Departure Lounge’, which was voted ‘Best Comedy’ in the 2015 AACTAs Social Shorts.

In 2014, she joined Paper Moose - film and design production company where she has produced ads for clients including BONDS, Canon, Westpac, MLA, Starlight, City of Sydney, TAFE NSW, Studio 301 and several experiential projects including a 3-metre high ten cent coin sculpture for the City of Sydney, which was nominated for the B&T '30 under 30' awards in 2015, and awarded “Best Project for 2015” and “Best Signage and Display” in Desktop Magazine’s Create Awards.

Outside of producing, she enjoys dress up parties, smashing soccer balls, and recently, marathon bike events.


After connecting participants with their screen industry mentor, the program provides Ones To Watch with ongoing touchpoints to the industry and unparalleled career opportunities. These include exclusive opportunities at the SCREEN FOREVER conference and access to exclusive industry initiatives. Find out more about previous Ones To Watch initiatives:

The popular SBS Kickstart initiative gave Ones To Watch the exclusive opportunity to pitch an original production concept for broadcast on an SBS channel, providing a winning pitch a budget for towards development and commissioning.

A joint partnership initiative between Screen Producers Australia and Screen Australia, the Screen Internship gave Ones To Watch participants the exclusive opportunity to apply for $20,000 to work with a host company from any country, including Australia, and for any screen content type.

In 2016, the Screen Queensland Indigenous Program Partner initiative was launched to nurture and encourage emerging indigenous producers by providing real opportunities for career development and further business opportunities. Three indigenous producers were selected from Queensland as 2016 Ones To Watch.


The Ones To Watch Program Goes Like This…


  • Selects talented emerging producers;
  • Individually matches them with an accomplished mentor from the production industry;
  • Applications to the exclusive initiaives and pitching opportunities open exclusively Ones To Watch;
  • Promotes and connects them with key screen professionals;
  • Supports them to network and pitch their projects at the SCREEN FOREVER Conference in Melbourne, 14-16 November 2017.
So... Who Are We Looking For?


  • With up to 4 years of continuous and recent experience as a producer in a professional capacity;
  • Have at least one and no more than three credits as a producer on a short film, feature film, television drama or comedy series, non-fiction television series or web series, that has been broadcast, theatrically released or selected for a prestigious film festival listed here (please contact us if your festival is not listed), or at least one and no more than three credits on a multiplatform project (for example, with two feature credits and two television credits you would be eligible for the program, however four feature credits would render you ineligible);
  • Have at least one project to develop during the Ones To Watch program;
  • Have not previously been selected for the Ones To Watch program.
  • Note: If you are part of a team you will need to apply as individuals.
What You Get
  • One-on-one mentorship by an established producer or screen industry executive;
  • The opportunity to apply for exclusive industry initiatives available only to Ones To Watch;
  • Promotion of you and your project to our industry database and at SCREEN FOREVER;
  • Heavily discounted registration to SCREEN FOREVER. You will need to pay for your return travel to Melbourne and accommodation, food and personal expenses;
  • Priority access to Roundtable bookings at SCREEN FOREVER;
  • Connections with industry professionals at SCREEN FOREVER.
Assessment Criteria
  • Quality of the applicant’s project submission;
  • Relevance of the project to the applicant’s experience;
  • The potential for the project to be completed;
  • Evidence of a strategic approach to the applicant’s career and project development;
  • The Ones To Watch program offers the applicant opportunities they previously have not had access to;
  • Screen Producers Australia will also endeavour to, where possible, include a participant from each state/territory.

Applications will be assessed by Screen Producers Australia and an external Selection Committee. Applicants may be contacted during the process to clarify or provide further details of their application. Participants selected for the 2017 Ones To Watch program are chosen at the discretion of Screen Producers Australia and the Selection Committee. Screen Producers Australia are under no obligation to discuss the final decision.

What Do Our Ones To Watch Alumni Think?

"Ones To Watch has opened up doors that would've been hard to pry open otherwise. I am perpetually grateful that Ones To watch has the tenacity to look to the future of the film industry and emerging practitioners are able to get that next leg up that can be so ruthlessly hard in this game. Given a chance to get ahead, the capacity to shine is so much greater. I am also impressed and encouraged that the program seeks from the far reaches of Australia, ensuring all a fair go."

"I would have been completely lost and overwhelmed attending the Conference for the first time if I wasn't part of the program. Plus it gives you something to make you stand out - introducing yourself to people as a Ones To Watch really seemed to have an impact."

"Being part of the Ones To Watch initiative was an accelerated development opportunity that allowed me to develop my projects with the guidance and connections of the best minds in the industry. It was an invaluable experience of which I continue to reap powerful results both domestically and globally."

"The Ones To Watch programme facilitated incredible career opportunities. It offered very specific focused support for my feature film (then in financing, and now in post) 'The Butterfly Tree'. The mentorship I received through the programme from Porchlight Films’ Vincent Sheehan was a real privilege and provided fantastic creative producing advice, as well as a wealth of very specific and useful financing knowledge for the film."

"Ones to Watch program helped me to really consider what my career goals were, and how I could capitalise on the skills I had forged over the years to reach these goals. Being matched with a mentor was like being given a torch in an underground tunnel; I no longer needed to 'wing' it through projects, I could learn about the pitfalls before falling from somebody who is wiser. Ones to Watch was immensely fruitful for me, and I am so grateful."

Find out more about last year's participants here.

Ones To Watch Sponsors

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Ones To Watch Indigenous Program Partner

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Ones To Watch Government Partners

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Ones To Watch Supporting Partners

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