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Fellowships Announced To Back Women In Screen

Two new Andrews Labor Government programs are aiming to change the game for women in Australia’s screen industry – paving the way for more women in leadership positions.

Eleven women working across Victoria’s film, television and digital games sectors have been awarded Film Victoria fellowships totalling $186,000 to boost their careers.

The Women in Games Fellowship and the Film Victoria-Natalie Miller Fellowship Women in Leadership Development Initiative provide tailored development opportunities for women to build their leadership skills and professional expertise.

The fellowships and bursaries, fully funded by Film Victoria, are tailored to strategically develop the career of the recipient with activities ranging from international placements and formal training to mentorships.

Games fellowships have been awarded to:

  • Giselle Rosman, IDGA Melbourne branch director and part of the Hipster Whale team
  • Kamina Vincent, Mountains co-founder
  • Elyssia Kane, Girl Geek Academy co-founder
  • Katie Gall, games PR and marketing specialist
  • Brooke Mags, writer and game designer
  • Kalonica Quigley, 3D artist

Bursaries have also gone to five women working in film and television:

  • Britt Arthur, Australian International Documentary Conference CEO
  • Philippa Campey, Film Camp producer and founder
  • Rachel Davis, children’s television specialist
  • Gabrielle Oldaker, film marketer
  • Leanne Tonkes, producer

While women comprise around half of audiences, they are underrepresented across Australia’s screen industries, particularly in key creative roles. In feature films women comprise only 16 per cent of directors and 21 per cent of writers, while only 8.7 per cent of game creators are women.

For more information of these fellowship programs and the recipients visitwww.film.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“We’re taking a proactive approach to developing local talent and bolstering equality in our creative industries.”

“These dynamic women each have an impressive track record and strong leadership potential – I look forward to their growing contribution to the industry and to our creative state.”

Quotes attributable to Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi

“The recipients bring diverse perspectives and value to the Victorian Screen industry. The fellowships will enable them to further their careers and pursue leadership roles strengthening the sector as a whole.”

Quotes attributable to Natalie Miller Fellowship President Sue Maslin

“The Natalie Miller Fellowship congratulates the five outstanding Victorian women who have the opportunity to further their leadership goals through this exciting funding initiative with Film Victoria.”