The Natalie Miller Fellowship invites women in the Australian screen industry to apply for its annual grant of up to $20,000, designed to inspire the next generation of female leaders to achieve outstanding success at the top of their fields.
Applications were officially opened last night at An Evening of Inspiring Stories, a special event held in Sydney at HOYTS Entertainment Quarter where leading female businesswomen Lucy Turnbull AO, Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission; Samantha Lang, director and screenwriter; Imogen Banks, television producer; and Jennifer Peedom, documentary filmmaker shared moving and invigorating stories from their own careers.
Established in 2011 to recognise the unique contribution of screen industry pioneer Natalie Miller AO, the Fellowship is open to all women working in the Australian screen industry and aims to provide financial assistance to pursue professional development in their fields through attachments, internships, secondments, travel and other means in order to reach their full leadership potential.
The Natalie Miller Fellowship is the only grant of its kind in the country and offers up to $20,000 for a professional development program that will deliver significant benefits to the applicant and the wider Australian screen community. The Fellowship is funded via donations made to the Natalie Miller Fellowship Endowment Fund and through the generous support of major sponsors including Film Victoria, Andyinc and the Myer Foundation.
“The Natalie Miller Fellowship is all about recognising and supporting the next generation of female screen leaders in Australia,” said Sue Maslin, President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship.
“It is exciting to see momentum and awareness gathering across all sectors. More women, both in front of and behind the camera, can only strengthen our industry.”
Since 2012, five Fellowships have been awarded to Rachel Okine (Vice President, International Production and Acquisitions at StudioCanal in Paris), Harriet Pike (Head of Production & Development, WildBear Entertainment), Rebecca Hammond (Head of Localisation & Access Services, Deluxe Australia), Courtney Botfield (Director, Goodship) and Sasha Close (Film Programming Manager, Wallis Cinemas).
The Natalie Miller Fellowship is unique in its role of passionately promoting female leaders across the spectrum of the Australian screen sector, but also as a support network for women in the industry and the respect and recognition of the Fellowship is palpable.
All applications for the current Natalie Miller Fellowship must be received by Friday 18 August 2017 and the recipient will be announced in mid-October at the 2017 Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast.