Eight Aussie Creatives Selected for Talent USA: New York Program

Talent USA: New York program delegates
Courtesy of Screen Australia

Eight Aussie creatives – spanning the disciplines of writer, director, producer and actor – will attend the Australian International Screen Forum in New York next month as the recipients of the Talent USA: New York program.

Screen Australia administers the program and said it presents a unique opportunity for Australian creators to learn and network on the ground in the US. They will take part in industry roundtables, panel discussions, matched mentoring sessions, pitching and strategic consultations, and introductions to and advice from a selection of influential New York-based screen professionals.

The Australian International Screen Forum takes place from Sept. 6 to 8, and this will be the first year since 2020 that attendees have been able to attend in person.

The recipients this year include Julietta Boscolo, Lucy Campbell, Samuel Nuggin-Paynter, Rachele Wiggins and Thomas Wilson-White. The other recipients, Vonne Patiag, Beck Cole and Renée Webster, are pictured above.

You can read more about all eight recipients here.

Graeme Mason, Screen Australia’s CEO, said of the program: “It’s exciting to bring back this unique career development opportunity in person following the pandemic, and showcase some of Australia’s best creative talent internationally, as well as facilitate important business relationships in the North American market.

“We’re proud to support these creatives who are well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity and best leverage these new connections to advance their upcoming slates and professional networks.”

Michaek Kelleher, co-founder and executive director of the Australian International Screen Forum, added: “We are very glad to welcome the Talent USA delegation back to an in-person format in New York. There is no place like Film at Lincoln Center to inspire creatives as they set their sights on an international career. The NYC-based industry is always keen to meet the newest batch of Talent USA delegates but this year is especially important given the two year absence of in-person sessions.”

Other Australian filmmakers joining the group in New York will be the Screenworks AACTA Regional Landscapes Pitch recipients (Lou Sanz and John Kachoyan), as well as Darlene Johnson who is supported by the American Australian Association and Australian International Screen Forum Scholarship.