Stan’s Head of Features and Development Executive, Rachel Okine, has been named as President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship (NMF), effective immediately.
She takes over from Sue Maslin AO, who left the position after more than ten years of serving on the Management Committee.
A seasoned industry executive, Okine brings extensive experience within the film and television industry having previously served as Vice President of International Production and Acquisitions at Studiocanal, Vice President of International Acquisitions at STX Entertainment and Managing Director of Aquarius Films before joining Stan as Head of Features and Development in 2021. Prior to this, she was a founding staff member of the leading independent film distribution company, Hopscotch, initially working across publicity and marketing campaigns before expanding into development and production.
Okine was the inaugural recipient of the NMF’s prestigious Fellowship in 2012.
“As a previous recipient, the Natalie Miller Fellowship has had an enormous impact on my career and my life. I couldn’t be prouder to take the baton from Sue Maslin, and be a part of defining the next chapter,” said Okine.
The Natalie Miller Fellowship is the only grant of its kind in the country and is proudly supported by co-sponsors Village Roadshow and creative studio KOJO, with each providing $50,000 over five years to support the Fellowship.
Since 2012, nine Fellowships have been awarded to Rachel Okine (Head of Features and Development Executive, Stan); Harriet Pike (Head of Production & Development, WildBear Entertainment); Rebecca Hammond (Post Production Manager, Beyond Productions); Courtney Botfield (Head of Distribution & Sales, Bunya Productions); Sasha Close (Program Manager, Gold Coast Film Festival); Kristy Matheson (Creative Director, Scotland Centre of Moving Image), Miriam Katsambis (Legal Counsel, Entertainment One); Anna Kaplan (Producer and Impact Producer, Greenfield Pictures); and Pauline Clague (Founder and Artistic Director of Winda Film Festival).
Please see below for a full list of current Patrons, Ambassadors and Committee Members:
NMF President Rachel Okine
NMF Patrons Carol Schwartz AM
Ingrid Van Den Berghe
Sandra Sdraulig AM (Vice President & Program Director for Brilliant Careers)
Julia Adams (Secretary)
Aida Innocente (Treasurer)
Kimberly Summer (Administrator)
Reminder: The 2021 Natalie Miller Fellowship Grant is NOW OPEN. All applications for the current Natalie Miller Fellowship must be received by Sunday 12 September, 2021 and the recipient will be announced at the Movie Convention in October, 2021.