Victorian producer Sal Balharrie will participate in SPA's Ones To Watch mentoring program this year. 

Screen Producers Australia has announced the 19 emerging producers who will participate in its Ones To Watch mentoring program this year. 

The participants include: Michael O'Neill (TAS), Joshua Gilbert (WA), Georgina Isles (WA), Nicole Miller (SA), Ben Whimpey (VIC), Joel Kohn (VIC), Paul Andersen (VIC), Jonathon Dutton (VIC), Sal Balharrie (VIC), Drew Macdonald (QLD), Ann Megalla (QLD), Kate Paul (QLD), Ross Howden (NSW), Abi Tabone (NSW), Hawanatu Bangura (NSW), Tina A.Wake (NSW), Rebecca Ingram (NSW), Tess Meyer(NSW) and Tom Slater (NSW).

The Ones to Watch program, which runs for six months,  focuses on providing one-on-one mentoring and career guidance from seasoned producers. SBS and Screen Australia are key partners in the program, which is sponsored by YouTube. 

This year, SBS will award one of the 19 producers a $15,000 ‘SBS First Look Grant’ to assist in development of ideas and project concepts. The winner will be announced at the Screen Forever conference, November 14 – 16 in Melbourne. SBS will also host all of the Ones To Watch participants in a one-on-one pitching session with its commissioning editors. 

Screen Australia will also create opportunities for producers to secure an industry internship. 

“We were very impressed with the high calibre of entries in this year’s Ones To Watch programme and congratulate each of our entries and selected producers. This is a unique opportunity for our creative talent in Australia to gain a high level of industry exposure and mentorship from experienced producers,” said SPA CEO Matthew Deaner. 

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