Gold Coast Launch
WIFT Australia: A New Horizon | Friday 20 April 2018 | Gold Coast Film Festival
Women in Film & Television Australia (WIFT Australia) launched on Friday 20 April at the Gold Coast Film Festival to a packed house and was live-streamed nation-wide. The launch was a celebration of women in the screen industry and the energy in the room was palpable. It included a panel discussing WIFT Australia’s national strategy and initiatives including Raising Films Australia, Big Screen Sister Mentorship and their role in NOW Australia.
The panel of WIFT members past and present, comprised of Sue Maslin (producer and WIFT Victoria founder and patron), Katrina Irawati Graham (WIFT Australia Board Member and NOW Australia Board Member), Megan Riakos (WIFT NSW President and WIFT Australia Board Member) and Tracey Corbin-Matchett (Project Manager, Raising Films Australia) and was moderated by Meredith Garlick Producer, writer, consultant and senior screen industry executive.
Katrina Irawati Graham says “We are thrilled with the warm and passionate reception and see it as a validation that the time is right to launch WIFT Australia. It is essential that all states and territories stand together with a united voice in the fight for gender equity”.
Sue Maslin called the launch “A historic moment” for WIFT uniting women in the screen industry across Australia and stressed the importance of continued advocacy in order to create lasting change.
WIFT Australia partnered with the Gold Coast Film Festival to launch as a part of their #femalefilmmakerfriday events. Lucy Fisher, Festival Director states “As a festival that has been supporting women in screen with a raft of measures for the past few years, it was an honour for us to host the launch of WIFT Australia. It was fantastic to see the take up of the festival’s free crèche on site – proving that simple measures like onsite childcare can make a difference in women’s participation in screen industry events”.