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Screenwest to Support a WA Team to Participate in the Attagirl Global Film Lab

The initiative will be supported to subsidise costs for one Western Australian majority female or non-binary filmmaking team to take part in the programme, upon submitting a successful application. Applications are open now and will close midnight AEST 16 August 2020.

Attagirl is a global film lab designed to support female and non-binary filmmakers. Created by Sophie Mathisen, Executive Director of For Film’s Sake, Attagirl will see up to 12 majority female and/or non-binary creative teams participate in a 10-month incubator programme designed to support the development trajectory of narrative features in an increasingly digitally-focused marketplace. The course content centres on three major pillars – story, market and audience – with support provided by international screen agencies and leading international film festivals.

Attagirl participants will have access to a depth of experience across varied creative and business approaches, as well as the global network each Mentor has cultivated. Additionally, Mentors will work with Script, Audience and Financial Consultants, as well as directly with the marketplace to support teams hone their investment case.

Interested applicants should head to for more details and to apply. Applications close AEST 16 August, 2020.


Programme Structure

10 Month Development Lab/Incubator Programme

  • The program includes three intensive workshops, two of which will be run online and the final workshop staged as an in-person event in partnership with the Sydney Film festival in 2021. Participants will receive festival accreditation to all participating festivals.
  • The first workshop will be held September 10-19 with applicants receiving accreditation for the Toronto International Film Festival. Due to the global pandemic, dates for the final two workshops will be confirmed throughout the program however are suggested for January 2021 and June 2021.
  • Mentors will travel with their teams to Sydney to pitch their projects as part of a finance forum, attended by potential financiers.
  • The 6 project mentors will be allocated two projects each.


Project Mentors

Black and white photos of Attagirl mentors Diana Elbaum, Lorna Tee, Mike Ryan, Michele Turnure Salleo and Samm Hailay.

Diana Elbaum

Since her beginning in advertising and then film production, Diana Elbaum has produced a vast number of films, which have been showcased and awarded in major festivals. With her first company, Entre Chien et Loup, Diana worked with talents such as Chantal Akerman, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Raoul Peck, Nabil Ben Yadi. In 2009, she received the European Oscar for Best Producer (with Jani Thiltges).  In 2017, Diana Elbaum opened her new company, Beluga Tree, in association with the Caviar Group. Diana is deeply committed to developing the European film industry and in 2017 she founded Boost Camp, the first French speaking workshop for Women Directors.


Michele Tunure Salleo

As founder and head of the San Francisco Film Society’s Filmmaker360 department Michele oversaw major grants, residencies and project development programs as well as disbursing more than 4.6 million dollars to innovative exceptional films including an Academy Award nominee and Camera D’or winner. Michele is now the principal producer of Feracious Entertainment which develops, produces and finances bold new voices and high-quality lower budget films.


Samm Haillay

Samm Haillay founded Third in 2001, dedicated to the creation of visionary artistic works in cinematic and gallery contexts. His films have premiered at Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto and London Film Festivals, and in 2013 Third was awarded a BFI Vision Award. In addition, his shorts have collected over forty-five prizes in Berlin, Venice, Edinburgh and Chicago and his moving image works have played in galleries across North America, Europe and Japan. Samm is a member of BAFTA, EAVE and ACE and delivers mentoring and training through EAVE, Feature Expanded, the Venice Biennale College Cinema, Film London, Creative England and the BFI.


Mike S. Ryan

Mike is a seasoned producer and executive producer with a special interest in realising ground-breaking, low-budget, independent cinema. As producer with Greyshack Films, he has been recognised by Variety and Independent Spirit and his films have garnered international acclaim earning prizes from Spirit Awards to Academy nominations. JUNEBUG, starring Amy Adams, made its international premiere at Cannes in 2005 and went on to be the lowest-budget feature film to be nominated for an Oscar. He also co-founded the film criticism site Hammer to Nail and writes extensively for Filmmaker Magazine.


Lorna Tee

Lorna Tee co-founded Paperheart in Malaysia, dedicated to bringing independent Asian cinema to world audiences by young, cinematic talents. Her producing credits include Rain Dogs, Crazy Stone, Lover’s Discourse, At The End of Daybreak, Come Rain, Come Shine, & Postcards from the Zoo. As well as her work as producer Lorna is also a film festival consultant, programmer and the co-Festival Director of the International Film Festival Malaysia. Previously she worked for Focus Films Hong Kong, Variety and Asian investment fund Irresistible Films as well as advising on Asian cinema and industry to festivals such as Berlinale, Locarno, Rotterdam and Durban Film Festivals.


TIFF Workshop Consultants

  • Paul Tyler
  • Robin Mukherjee
  • Jan Miller
  • Francoise Von Roy
  • Mmbatho Kau
  • Britta Krause
  • Nadja Dumouchel

Consultants for the second and final workshop will be finalised in 2021.

Attagirl is designed and run by For Film’s Sake with major financial support from Screen Australia’s Enterprise Business & Ideas initiative.


Funding assistance is provided by the British Film Institute, Telefilm Canada, Swedish Film Institute, Screen NSW, Screen Queensland, Film Victoria, South Australian Film Corporation, Screenwest and Lotterywest, Screen Territory and Screen Canberra.


Applications close at 12am AEST, Sunday 16 August.  Head to for more details and to apply.


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Posted 07 August 2020

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