3 July 2018
The Victorian Government will provide up to $85,000 to build the leadership skills and professional expertise of women working in the film and television industry.
Part of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy, the latest round of Film Victoria’s Women’s Professional and Leadership Development Program will support 15 women working across Victoria’s screen industry to build their capabilities and advance their careers in the sector.
The program offers tailored leadership, career and skills development opportunities to enable women to position themselves for future decision-making roles, or to secure high-level leadership roles in the screen industry.
Recipients hail from a diverse range of disciplines, from producing and content development to marketing and exhibition, and will undertake activities including international placements, formal training, mentorships and job shadowing to help boost their careers.
Award-winning filmmaker Corrie Chen will participate in the acclaimed Joan Scheckle Lab in Los Angeles where she’ll deep dive into all aspects of filmmaking.
Film industry publicist Cathy Gallagher will undertake an overseas placement to gain exposure to international best practice and increase her influence with box office decision makers.
The leadership development stream, which is delivered in partnership with the Natalie Miller Fellowship, will develop three experienced Victorian screen professionals: Princess Pictures’ Andrea Denholm; Madman Entertainment’s, Nicole Titheridge; and Andrea Buck of The Picture Tank.
The Women’s Professional and Leadership Development Program is one of the ways Film Victoria is working to increase the number of female-led projects on screens. The agency has already surpassed its goal to see women represented as at least 50% of all writers, directors and producers on Victorian Government funded projects.
According to the latest Screen Australia data only 34% of producers, 15% of directors and 22% of writers in Australia’s feature film industry are women.
2018 Women's Professional and Leadership Development Program Recipients
Professional Development Stream
Bree Whiting: As a content producer, Bree manages social media ad campaigns, marketing, insights, audience engagement activity, communications and branding across projects. She has significant production experience across television, corporate and online media, as well as national and international event experience.
Samantha Dinning: For the past 10 years Sam has worked in a range of positions within local feature film and TV production, script development and a stint with federal funding agency Screen Australia.
Emma Fitzsimons: Emma is a principal and commercial director at Princess Pictures. She has been working in the industry for 15 years as a lawyer and executive producer. She specialises in complex financing and distribution arrangements involving significant international partners.
Alicia Brescianini: With 18 years’ experience in the film and television industry, Alicia Brescianini is a specialist publicity consultant working across all facets of the industry from production to exhibition, with a range of local and international clients.
Pennie Brown: Pennie is a Producer, Development Producer, Associate Producer working across drama and comedy for local and international production companies.
Corrie Chen: Corrie is an award-winning filmmaker whose diverse body of work has screened extensively at film festivals around the world. She recently directed Homecoming Queens for SBS.
Cathy Gallagher: Cathy has more than 20 years’ experience leading publicity campaigns for the Australian screen industry, working with top filmmakers, distributors, festivals and stars.
Bridgette Graham: Bridgette is an operations and marketing manager with eight years’ management experience in the exhibition industry. She is currently Marketing Manager at the Classic Lido Cameo Cinemas.
Sally Storey: Sally has worked across documentary film and television in Australia and the UK, and comedy sketch television programs, including roles as production manager, coordinator, script coordinator and research. She has also produced a number of narrative short films and music videos.
Margarita Olkhovsky: Margarita has worked as a producer, director and editor on numerous short films, documentaries and promotional content, leading small creative teams. She is President of the Victorian chapter of Women in Film and Television (WIFT).
Lin Tam: Lin has significant experience producing, marketing and developing entertainment content across various media platforms. She also uses her technical, creative, and storytelling skills in augmented reality.
Liz Kearney: Liz is a producer at Arenamedia and has worked on many of their recent productions. Along with Robert and Maggie Miles, Liz produced the Australian film Paper Planes which grossed almost $10m at the Australian box office.
Leadership Stream (run in partnership with the Natalie Miller Fellowship)
Andrea Denholm: Andrea is an experienced creative producer, executive producer and story producer. A principal at Princess Pictures, Andrea has produced, executive produced and story produced many hours of drama, comedy and documentary content over her two decades in the industry. She has mentored several women – and some men - at various stages of their writing and producing careers.
Nicole Titheridge: Currently General Manager of Theatrical at Madman Entertainment, Nicole has executed release strategies and managed budgets for over 120 Madman titles, collectively grossing over $44 million. Her experience lies in operational and sales based roles in the independent film distribution field.
Andrea Buck: Andrea has worked as a film producer, writer and development executive in Australia, Hollywood and South Africa. Her film The Jammed broke box office records and won numerous awards, and inspired action against human trafficking.