Accelerator POD


Screen Canberra is incredibly excited to announce the revamped Accelerator FILM POD program for 2018/2019, which includes more opportunities to develop, pitch and produce your film!

Accelerator FILM POD is an intensive gateway program for writers, directors and producers seeking to develop and market-test feature film projects with strong commercial prospects. The program is facilitated by story developer Karel Segers, and supported by Screen Canberra’s experienced staff. Accelerator FILM POD is an intense, carefully structured and collaborative experience. It offers participants a unique pathway to generate market-driven concepts, and complete a first draft script within 12-months.

The program employs a mixture of industry panels, masterclasses, project work, webinars, pitching, feedback sessions and group work. The course has four interconnected learning streams that compliment one another for a more complete experience:

1) Accelerator FILM POD – A 6-month program to first develop and pitch a feature project with feedback from industry before seeking market interest/attachment.

2) Industry Panels & Pitch Meetings – An access portal to leading industry professionals to learn about the feature film business model – for both Australia/NZ and internationally – and understand how audience and market shape the commercial prospects of a project.

3) Immersion Screenwriting – An optional 6-month online self-course that puts participants through a rigorous reading and writing regimen in order to understand the written screenplay more intimately.

4) Developer POD – A 12-month program for trainee professional story & script developers who will provide ongoing support to the Accelerator FILM POD program.

The POD has been designed to embrace both individuals and teams in the key creative roles of writer, director or producer who want to develop a commercially viable feature film project. You will use your project to explore development techniques and processes during the workshops and online. Development is about a lot more than the script, and the workshops raise questions about audience, market and financing in addition to key story questions.


The Furies is the first film produced through the Accelerator FILM POD process, and has now completed post-production. The writer and director Tony D’Aquino, a well-established Australian writer and director of commercials and television with over 20 years experience, attended the 2015/2016 Accelerator FILM POD and was able to develop a commercially sound, innovative horror thriller with market input from the outset. The film recently previewed at the American Film Market (AFM) in October 2018 where it attracted significant sales in all the major international territories. To hear more from Tony about his experience directly Click Here

Accelerator FILM POD is the third incarnation of the program (previously run in 2015 and 2016), and will expand the methodology to achieve outcomes across multiple objectives.
• Generate commercial feature film projects through a rigorous development process before pitching to market and seeking industry partners
• Developer FILM POD will provide Canberra with thoroughly trained group of script developers
• Arm writers, directors and producers with new development strategies that prioritise market input
• Educate participants on the business models for feature film, and help participants understand the entire development, finance and distribution cycle
• Provide multiple pathways for getting projects to market
• Partnering with The Film Distillery and Odin’s Eye International for low budget genre features as well as other market outlets

• Producers, writers and/or directors developing feature film projects
• Aspiring Script Developers


Frequently Asked Questions

Workshop Dates:
Workshop 1
1 December – 2 December 2018
Workshop 2
22 February – 24 February 2019
Workshop 3
22 March – 24 March 2019

3 May – 5 May 2019

Canberra Technology Park
49 Phillip Avenue Watson ACT

Non-Member: $1500 inc GST
Member: $1275 inc GST (15% discount)
Membership + POD fee: $100 + $1275 = $1375 inc GST (15% discount)
Payment Plans Available

POD 2018/2019 registrations are now closed 

Screen Canberra Contact:
Alex Mirabito – Project Manager
02 61625171 or


Frequently Asked Questions

See the video of our information session below: