The ADG/Directors Guild of America Directors Finder Series Award is being offered to an Australian feature without US distribution to screen at a special program in the US called the Directors Finders Series. The DGA offers special screenings at their state-of-the-art cinema facilities in their Los Angeles headquarters, and in New York to spotlight undistributed low budget and/or independent feature films to US distributors and agents.
The Directors’ Finder Series was initiated by the Independent Directors Committee of the DGA chaired by Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Oceans Thirteen), and has, since its inception, screened more than 75 independent films. Of those films, approximately a third have gone on to secure US distribution. Originally offered to US independent films only, the Directors Finders Series was expanded to include Australian, Irish, British and New Zealand Directors through their representative organisations via the International Association of English Speaking Directors Organisation (IAESDO), of which the Australian Directors Guild is a founding Member.
The Nominees in the Directors Finders Series Award category are:
Director: Tony Ayres for Home Song Stories
Director: Michael James Rowland for Lucky Miles
Director: Kriv Stenders for Boxing Day
Director: Dee McLachlan for The Jammed
The inaugural Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Awards which honour outstanding achievement and contributions in film and television will be announced on the Saturday night of the 2007 ADG Atlab Conference - Saturday 13 October – at the Awards Dinner at Sydney’s Swissotel. The Dinner is to be hosted by Julia Zemiro of SBS’s RocKwiz and co-host of "The Jonathan Coleman Experience," on radio across Australia.