The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is proud to announce that the winner of the 2018 Best Filmmaker award will receive a mentorship session with Bec Smith, an Agent in United Talent Agency’s (UTA) Motion Picture Literary and Independent Film Group.

Bec Smith is an agent at United Talent Agency representing screen writers and directors. Her clients include directors Garth Davis, David Michôd, James Ponsoldt, Mia Hansen-Løve, Lake Bell, and Joshua Oppenheimer (THE ACT OF KILLING) along with screenwriters Luke Davies and Frank John Hughes.

She is also a member of United Talent Agency’s Independent Film Group, specializing in film finance and sales. Titles she has worked on in this capacity include I Feel Pretty, Unabomber, Mary Magdalene, The Circle, Landline, Diary of a Teenage Girl, Margin Call, The Spectacular Now, The Skeleton Twins, In A World, Beginners and Animal Kingdom.

Smith joined UTA from the Sydney office of Working Title Films, where she was head of development. A former journalist, Bec edited Inside Film (IF) magazine before taking over as the Australasian Bureau Chief of The Hollywood Reporter. She produced the live televised IF Awards, Australia’s version of the Independent Spirit Awards. She was an executive producer on David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom, which won the Sundance Film Festival’s ‘Dramatic World Cinema Jury Prize.’

Additionally, Smith is on the Advisory Board of LA-based cinematheque The Cinefamily. She also served on the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP’s) Advisory Board and routinely attends major international film festivals and markets including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance and the American Film Market.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Journalism) from the University of Technology in Sydney. She also earned a diploma in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and lived and worked in Japan, Thailand and France prior to moving into film.