NEW PARTNERSHIP SUPPORTS LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEMALE SCREEN PRACTITIONERS
Film Victoria has committed $50k to a new partnership with the Natalie Miller Fellowship which will see five Victorian women receive funding in 2016 to help advance their careers and take on leadership roles within the screen industry.
Jenni Tosi, CEO, Film Victoria, announced the new partnership last night at the Screen Forever Awards, where Natalie Miller was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The new Victorian Women in Leadership Development initiative will enable five Victorian women to directly enhance their skills and knowledge, in order to equip them with the business tools they need to actively pursue leadership opportunities within the Australian screen industry.
Through the partnership, recipients from across the screen industry, from a range of creative, exhibition, distribution and financing roles, will receive $10,000 funding to help them realise their leadership potential.
The new partnership further strengthens the relationship between the Natalie Miller Fellowship and Film Victoria, and demonstrates a shared ongoing commitment to developing women as leaders in the screen industry.
This new funding builds on Films Victoria’s history of recognising the value of women in the screen industry; in 2011 Film Victoria was a founding supporter of the Natalie Miller Fellowship and in 2012 established the Jill Robb Award to recognise Victorian female screen practitioners who demonstrate leadership in the industry.
Jenni Tosi, CEO, Film Victoria
“It’s important that those of us in positions of influence take action to identify where and how we can assist women to progress to leadership roles within the screen industry.
This initiative provides an opportunity for Victorian women to enhance their careers, expand their skills and ultimately go on to be actively be involved in positions of leadership and influence, which will make our industry better and stronger in the long term”.
Sue Maslin, President, Natalie Miller Fellowship
“The Natalie Miller Fellowship is delighted to partner with Film Victoria on this exciting and timely initiative.
By encouraging more women to take on positions of leadership – roles that allow them to make a real difference – we not only address the gender imbalance that’s still evident at the top, we drive better company performances and greater innovation. And that means a more dynamic, diverse and robust screen industry for everyone”.
Founded in 2011, the Natalie Miller Fellowship was created to recognise and nurture the next generation of female leaders in the Australian screen community and inspire them to achieve outstanding success at the most senior levels of the business. It awards an annual fellowship of $10,000 to a woman who has demonstrated initiative, entrepreneurship and excellence and has a professional development proposal which would help her reach her full potential in any field of the screen industry.
Full details on the initiative will be available in early 2016.