The Natalie Miller Fellowship is proud to announce that two of the most significant patrons of the Arts in Australia, Ms Kerry Gardner and Mr Andrew Myer have donated $20,000 towards this annual grant to women in the Australian screen industry.
I am thrilled, through my work as a filmmaker and as a philanthropist, to be able to advocate for a platform for talented young women, and to instigate national and international conversation about Women in Film and Television. The Natalie Miller Fellowship was founded so that it might contribute to a more dynamic future for the Australian screen industry overall by highlighting and recognising the essential role that women can take in its ongoing innovation. Internationally there is an ever-increasing awareness and discussion about the many exceptional women who have a valuable and significant contribution to make to the high-level decisions that inform the screen industry, yet are often excluded from those decisions. The future industry will become richer in every way when it ensures that ALL its best are nurtured and encouraged to reach their highest potential. Inspiring leadership and greater diversity are pivotal to ensuring the development of a screen industry that is culturally sophisticated, economically sustainable, relevant and innovative.