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Call out: Emerging and advancing crew invited to apply for Master/Apprentice Mentorship Program

30 September 2021
On set of First Day S2 with 3rd AD Anastasia Comelli and Additional AD Brad Lanyon, who was also her Mentor during the Master/Apprentice Program round one, photo by Matt Byrne
On set of First Day season two is 3rd AD Anastasia Comelli and Additional AD Brad Lanyon, who was also her Mentor during the Master/Apprentice Program round one. Photo by Matt Byrne

Applications are open now until 13 October for emerging, early career or transitioning crew members wishing to be Mentees in round two of the Master/Apprentice Mentorship Program.

Presented by the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Mercury CX, the Master/Apprentice Mentorship Program pairs experienced South Australian Heads of Department (HODs) with emerging/advancing crew members to provide mentoring and build professional relationships that may form the foundation of future employment opportunities.

Last year’s inaugural edition of the program has seen more than 60% of participants so far going on to secure paid crew work on major productions including drama series The Tourist starring Jamie Dornan, Joel Edgerton feature film The Unknown Man, Stan Original features Gold starring Zac Efron and A Sunburnt Christmas, and award-winning children’s series First Day.

Following a callout in August for experienced Heads of Department (HODs) to be Mentors for the program, applications are now invited from early career, emerging and transitioning crew to be Mentees across the following disciplines:

The Master/Apprentice Mentorship Program aims to develop emerging crew in preparation for the next steps in their careers. It provides a formal mechanism for valuable advice and guidance to be exchanged between senior crew members and Heads of Department and crew members who are emerging, early career, or those looking to transition into a new area.

The mentoring will include one-on-one meetings between an industry leading HOD Mentor and a Mentee. After being matched, Mentors and Mentees are then required to develop a program that is mutually agreeable over a two-month period. The program does not include on-set training.

Growth of the below-the-line crew base is essential to the ongoing advancement of the screen industry in South Australia. The SAFC has created the Master/Apprentice program as part of its commitment to providing training and development opportunities for people working in the South Australian screen industry.

The SAFC and Mercury CX are committed to supporting increased participation of people from groups underrepresented in the South Australian screen industry including; female identifying writers and directors, First Nations practitioners, practitioners from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, Deaf or disabled practitioners, practitioners from LGBTQIA+ communities and practitioners from regional and remote areas of South Australia.

Applications from Mentees from under represented groups are encouraged.

Applications are now open via Mercury CX until 5pm on 13 October, 2021. To apply, click here.

To find out more about the program and download the guidelines, go to

For further information about applying as a Mentee, please contact Mercury CX on [email protected] or call 8410 0979, or via the National Relay Service on 1300 555 727 then 8 8410 0979.

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