Oscar-winning filmmaker Lord David Puttnam is the driving force behind a scholarship for aspiring film producers at Griffith.

Griffith Film School (GFS) graduate Kate-Marie Boylan-Ascione will get the opportunity to complete a Master of Screen Production thanks to the Lord Puttnam Scholarship for Producers.

Developing the next generation of filmmakers

The scholarship partially funds a Masters degree and provides recipients with a foothold in the global film industry, with fully-funded trips to the prestigious South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.

Kate-Marie graduated from the Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production last year, and is keen to use the scholarship to launch a career as a documentary filmmaker.

“For me, being able to do the Masters opens up a lot of opportunities, from having a network of mentors and collaborators who are plugged into the industry, to being able to access the resources and equipment to make new content,” she said.

“Winning this scholarship is a really big deal for me and it’s really inspiring to see someone in his position give back to students who are passionate about producing.”

Industry ready

The young filmmaker has taken every opportunity offered at film school, including an internship at SBS current affairs show, The Feed.

During her Masters degree, she will work with sessional lecturer and award-winning documentary producer Helen Morrison on a new project.

“I’m always looking at how to develop my career, and get as much industry experience as possible,” Kate-Marie said.

Oscar-winning producer Lord David Puttnam CBE, has a long-standing relationship with Griffith Film School. He is a regular visitor to GFS, and has also delivered a series of popular online lectures from his home in Ireland.