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Opportunity for budding screenwriters

By David Rak

Screenworks and Australians In Film recently announced the second year of the Screenworks Regional Screen in LA Program will feature the Animal Logic Entertainment internship.

It will give unparalleled opportunities to an undergraduate or recent graduate living in regional Australia who wishes to pursue a career as a development executive or producer.

AiF internship programs have been running at Animal Logic Entertainment for the past five years and recipients have gone on to successful careers in the Australian and international screen industries, including Melanie Jayne (HBO), Sleena Wilson (Black Bear Pictures) and Lauren Brown (Ludo Pictures).

This opportunity to work with the team of passionate storytellers in the Los Angeles offices of Animal Logic Entertainment and subsidiary live-action production company Truant Pictures is open to any undergraduates or recent graduates who demonstrate significant potential and passion in their screen industry-related course of study and area of expertise.

The two-month internship will involve all aspects of international feature film development, acquisitions, packaging and production.

“Internships are integral to launching the careers of aspiring filmmakers and we are thrilled to be partnering this year with Screenworks to recognise storytellers from regional areas,” said Animal Logic chief executive Zareh Nalbandian.

“These unique voices are important to upholding diversity in Hollywood and we are proud to support the next generation of regional Australian talent.”

Screenworks chief executive Ken Crouch said Screenworks was delighted to be partnering with AiF and Animal Logic Entertainment for the second year of the program.

“We work in an industry where young people living in regional Australia simply do not have the same opportunities as their colleagues living in the metropolitan centres,” he said.

“This internship will provide an invaluable pathway for a recent graduate to get international experience, make international connections and fast-track an international career which otherwise wouldn’t be possible and will also benefit our industry.”

The successful recipient will receive US$10 000 ($14 750) to contribute towards rent and living costs while in Los Angeles for two months, in addition to receiving return flights from Australia to Los Angeles, and industry support and US networking opportunities from AiF.

All visa processing fees are covered in the program. The recipient will be based out of Animal Logic Entertainment and Truant Pictures’ offices at Rideback Ranch in Los Angeles.

Applications are now open and will close on December 9 at 5pm for an internship that will take place in 2020.

For details on how to apply, visit screenworks.com.au

For more information, phone Screenworks programs and operations manager Lisa O’Meara on 02 6681 1188 or email [email protected]