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AFTRS is a proud supporter of the APDG Awards, having sponsored the very first Emerging Design Award in 2012, and in every subsequent year. This important award acknowledges someone of exceptional creative talent, giving them the recognition with their peers and key creatives to propel their career to the next level. Having taught Production Design to many young […]


This year marks the APDG’s Awards 10th Anniversary, to which emerging designers have notably contributed. The category for APDG Award for Emerging Designer has changed titles over the years. Still, it has always been a way to recognise the creative achievement, unique perspective and exceptional potential of new talent within the industry. For emerging designers, this acknowledgment has been […]


This year we will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary APDG awards. Ten years showcasing the amazing design talent of our colleagues. During this time we have seen our colleagues honoured both here in Australia and internationally with a cascade of awards, including the prestigious international awards including Tonys, Oscars and BAFTAs. For a relatively small community […]


Herbert Pinter APDG received the APDG Design on Television Drama Award at the inaugural APDG Awards for his work on CloudStreet. Over a decade on, the APDG got in touch with Herbert to find out what the award meant to him and what he is doing now.   In addition to your APDG award, CloudStreet won several awards including […]


Docklands Studios Melbourne has been a steadfast supporter of the Australian Production Design Guild awards since their inception in 2011. As a former producer, CEO Rod Allan has made it his mission to champion the skill and artistry of designers. In fact, many have long suspected he is a frustrated production designer masquerading as a studio […]

FAME LSA Interview – Stephen Curtis

FAME LSA is the Film, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law Students’ Association, a group of law students from University of Melbourne Law School, passionate about arts and culture. FAME aims to foster graduate student engagement with the creative industries by promoting creativity, facilitating professional development and offering skill building opportunities for those interested in all […]

Emerging Designers Update – December 2020

APDG Emerging Designers’ Committee was formed to give a formal voice to the already active and strong community of up-and-coming designers across Australia. The committee seeks to enhance the representation of emerging designers within our industries, advocate for their issues, encourage opportunities through our guild and create a strong and diverse support network of emerging designers […]

APDGreen Conversations: Visionary Spokes

‘Our responsibility is to make a difference. There is a moral and ethical imperative to act NOW.’ [from Road to Carbon Zero; live webinar facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle, 14th May 2020, U.K.] Julie’s Bicycle [see https://juliesbicycle.com/why-we-exist/about-us] was established in 2007  and remains an influential group in the UK who work directly with the Theatre and Live Events industry […]

APDGreen Conversations: Eco Provocation- re-thinking our practices

By Imogen Ross APDGreen Conversations has been catching up with the many exciting conversations happening across Australia and the world about environmental issues and production design. In this Quarter’s newsletter, theatre designer Imogen Ross sums up a few different perspectives from APDG designers and freelance production creatives who are actively championing environmental initiatives across film, TV, […]

APDGreen Conversations: Going Around in Circles – environmental stewardship in the circular economy

‘Data IS currency’ was reiterated several times by Sarah Tosone who works as a specialist in environmental management across Australian film and TV production, events and festivals. As a professional environmental steward Sarah is passionate about working alongside production designers and their Heads of Department (HODs) to aid a production’s carbon footprint move towards zero. Ensuring […]

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