Film Victoria and FremantleMedia have partnered to provide developing Victorian directors with attachment experience through a package of placement opportunities on the iconic Melbourne based series, Neighbours.

Through the initiative, three Victorian directors will observe and shadow a director over a sequence of episodes, with the opportunity to direct two scenes under supervision.

From there, candidates who have demonstrated the requisite skills will be invited to return to shadow a director for another block of episodes, with the prospect of directing up to half an episode.

At least one candidate will be given directorial responsibility for a complete episode.

The support is part of a four year package of upskilling opportunities for early career writers, directors and technical crew supported by Film Victoria. Additional funding was also provided to Australia’s longest running television drama series which will see the popular soap continue to film 250 episodes a year.

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley said: “Whether it’s giving budding directors a start or supporting our existing bank of creative talent – this terrific partnership with FremantleMedia is about growing our screen industry. We are proud to be supporting new voices and fostering Victoria’s next generation of television talent.”

Film Victoria CEO, Caroline Pitcher said: “This is an incredible opportunity for developing Victorian directors to gain practical, hands on exposure to one of the most popular Australian drama serials ever produced.” 

“We’ve seen the benefits of these development opportunities through our Key Talent Placements program which continues to generate tangible outcomes for Victorian key creatives.”

Successful recipients will start their placement in June 2018, subject to the production schedule and allocation of supervising directors.

The initiative continues a successful collaboration between Film Victoria and FremantleMedia. Last year four skills development opportunities were provided to early career Victorian creatives on the high profile drama series production Picnic at Hanging Rock, due for release in May 2018. 

Neighbours’ Executive Producer, Jason Herbison said “Neighbours has been a launch pad for many careers - in front and behind the camera - and we’re delighted to be able to provide this opportunity to a new generation of directors.  Our production methods are constantly evolving so the experience will provide a unique insight into our style of filming and their input will also be invaluable.”

Applications are now open and close 6 April. View the guidelines and eligibility criteria.