Thank you to everyone who completed an Expressions of Interest for Round 1 of Credit Maker.  All registrees  will be contacted to formally apply for the program, nominating a project proposal, by 1 September 2022.  Please complete the Expression of  Interest form at the bottom of this page if you would like to be considered for the next round.

What is Credit Maker?

Credit Maker is a high calibre new initiative that will support 12 female practitioners across directing, cinematography and composing to attain a career defining credit on a scripted production; to elevate their career trajectory; and, to bring change in female Head of Department (HoD) representation in the sector.

Credit Maker is supported by Screen Australia’s Gender Matters umbrella in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild, the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.

Gender Matters is the umbrella name of Screen Australia’s efforts to address the under-utilisation of female talent in key creative roles in the Australian screen industry.

Female practitioners are under-utilised in HoD roles in the screen sector. Career pathways and trajectories, relationships, hiring practices, access to opportunities, carer support, and economic security are all factors that impact on females seeking to be hired for HoD roles in television series or in senior credited roles in scripted formats. This can impact on female credit attainment, the ability to convert credit to the next employment opportunity, and to build a career pathway.

Who is Credit Maker for?

Credit Maker supports 12 females (4 screen composers) to be placed in a production setting to work alongside a mentor in the same craft area. The roles then switch and the mentor supports the selected Placee, as they become the HoD and attain a credit.

This is not an emerging or early career initiative. Credit Maker is for those practitioners who hold some existing credits in their given craft area. Please check with the relevant Guild/Society regarding what level of existing credit is considered competitive for this program in your given craft area.

Credit Maker will be delivered by partners the Australian Directors Guild, the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.

Eligible Screen Composers can register their interest for this program below.

How will Credit Maker work?

The program design is:

  • – after registration of interest, each Guild will undertake a process of application and assessment to arrive at selection of Placees;
  • – do not have to be a Guild/Society member to register your interest or apply. The program will offer to cover the cost of membership to those selected;
  • – each Guild will negotiate the period, location, production and structure of the program with the Placee, production, and mentor. The length of the placement will be dependent on the given production, the availability of the mentor, but will be between minimum 6 (six) and maximum 12 (twelve) weeks;
  • – once the above is confirmed, the Placee with Guild, will complete a short Screen Australia application, in order to finalise the approval of the Placee;
  • – the Placee will enter into an agreement with the Guild and production for the placement to be activated. The agreement will cover core contractual areas including payment, and other areas in template form;
  • – the Placee will be remunerated at the applicable industry award or accepted industry rates for their craft area, and fringes and superannuation will be paid. Carer costs can be covered up to a set amount, and where applicable, some relocation costs supported, pending location of Placee and production;
  • – the remuneration to the Placee will be paid as PAYG (with required fringes) via the SPV or production company/entity;
  • – the mentor and production company/entity will be paid a modest fee for hosting the Placee;
  • – the Placee undertakes the program in a production setting, where they ‘shadow’ and are mentored by an agreed mentor, then the Placee is the lead, and the mentor ‘shadows’ them in the production setting, resulting in the Placee receiving a production credit in their craft area in their HoD role;
  • – after the production placement, the Placee will work with their Guild to acquit and report on the program to the Guild and Screen Australia, and engage in post debrief and career progression discussion and scaffolding.

Who is Eligible for the Program?

To be eligible for the program, you are:

  • a resident or citizen of Australia;
  • a female director, or cinematographer, or composer;
  • a practitioner who holds some screen scripted and/or unscripted credits in the given craft area you are registering your interest for and you have a level of experience that would enable successful participation in the program, if selected.

This is not an emerging or early career initiative. Credit Maker is for those practitioners who hold some existing credits in their given craft area. Please check with the relevant Guild/Society regarding what level of existing credit is considered competitive for this program in your given craft area.

A composer may put forward an argument to be included on the Register if main credits have not been released theatrically or achieved distribution or been selected for major film festivals.

Download and Read the AGSC Credit Maker Guidelines

What happens if I’m selected for the program?

If you are selected for the program, you will:

  • work with your Guild to liaise regarding the placement, mentor, production;
  • be paid at a standard industry rate for the length of the placement;
  • work with a mentor and shadow them;
  • work with a mentor and be shadowed by them;
  • work in a production setting to attain your credit;
  • attain a credit in your given craft area for that production;
  • undertake required reporting and debriefing for your program activity.

How Can I Register for Credit Maker

Register your interest as a PLACEE for Credit Maker here
Register your interest AS A SUPERVISING COMPOSER here