Meet the Mentors

We were so very proud to have an amazing team of three Screenwriters and Filmmakers as our Screenwriting Mentors, who supported the three shortlisted writers to polish their scripts over the course of a two-month period, in our 'Screenwriter Mentoring Program'.

We were pleased to have the following professionals on board:

Edwina Exton

Edwina Exton is a Scriptwriter and Script Editor, specialising in comedy and children’s TV. She co-wrote the film comedy Spin Out with Tim Ferguson, produced by Sony Pictures, and co-wrote episodes of the children’s TV series Drop Dead Weird and the pilot for the kid’s TV show Gamecrashers with Kate Forster. Edwina has written TV sketch comedy, developed children’s TV series for the ACTF, written biographical documentary, script-edited animated TV, short films and a short feature. She has also co-written and directed theatre and stand-up comedy shows for the Melbourne Fringe Comedy Festival.

Scout Cripps (Stephanie Phillips) first feature film screenplay Legends, was chosen for development within the Screen Australia funded Open Channel Script Start initiative, and her script Tingo (alongside co-writer Adam Spellicy) was selected for development with Screen ACT.  Her screenplays have won top places in the Slamdance and United Film Festivals Screenplay competitions, as well as those produced having been screened at numerous film festivals across the globe. She has worked previously as a film lecturer at SAE Creative Media Institute and currently works as a production coordinator at VCA Film and Television.

Anita Jankovic has worked in film and television across Australia and the U.S. in various capacities for over 20 years. She completed a BA at Sydney University, majoring in English literature and film theory, and in 2013 graduated from AFTRS with a Masters in Screenwriting. Anita has worked in the script department for Playmaker, during the development of Love Child, and with Imogen Banks at Endemol Shine for Offspring.  Anita has recently finished writing for Endemol Shine Bank’s family drama series Sisters.



The three shortlisted Screenwriters were delegated their own Mentor after the MWFF Award Ceremony in February 2019.

The Mentors helped their Screenwriter to polish their scripts during the course of two months
(March 1st to April 31st).

Screenwriters had face-to-face workshops with their Mentors, as well as weekly communication. 


The final judging round of the shortlisted scripts took place at the end of April, 2019.

The winner -Nik James- had her script "Stalling" developed into a short film by Taival Films in July 2019, and it will premiere at MWFF in 2020!

Stephanie Phillips

Anita Jankovic

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