6:00 PM18:00

(Syd) Ozdocs - A Salute to Pat Fisk

OzDox invites you to a special occasion for our community: a gathering to recognise the career and contributions of esteemed documentarian Pat Fiske.

Put the date in your diary and come along to show Pat how much we love and value her contribution to Australian cinema:

Wednesday November 13, 2019
6pm for a 6.30pm start
AFTRS Theatre
130 Bent Street EQ Moore Park

There'll be excerpts from Pat's work, tributes from special guest speakers, insights into our common history, unforgettable anecdotes, and a whole lot of mingling.

To invite others via Facebook click here, or please forward this email.

About Pat:

Pat Fiske has been producing and directing films since the early 1970s and is a prominent member of Australia’s independent filmmaking community. In 2001, she was awarded the prestigious Stanley Hawes Award for her outstanding contribution to the documentary industry in Australia at the Australian Documentary Conference.

In the 1970s and '80s, Pat was on the boards of Filmnews and ASDA. In 2001-2002 Pat was a Documentary Consultant at SBS Independent, and she was Co-Head of the Documentary Department at AFTRS with Mitzi Goldman from 2002 to 2008. In 2003, the Documentary Department initiated Ozdox, the Australian Documentary Forum, which meets once a month and has been going since 2003. For many years, she also worked as a curator for Australian Screen Online. You can read Pat's detailed filmography here.

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to Nov 23

(Vic) WIFT VIC presents Sue Maslin’s Creative Leadership Workshops

WIFT VIC presents Sue Maslin’s Creative Leadership Workshop Series: Join one of Australia’s most successful creative entrepreneurs in this life-changing series of workshops about how to build a sustainable creative business, why creative leadership matters and how to develop your own personal style of leadership. Further Information here

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11:00 PM23:00

(Aus) Dame Changer & Stan’s Lottie Lyell Scholarship Closes

Dame Changer and Stan’s Lottie Lyell Scholarship returns

Dame Changer and Stan are thrilled to present the Lottie Lyell Scholarship, an initiative honouring screen pioneer Lottie Lyell by supporting the professional development of two Australian women filmmakers. The successful applicants will attend Creative England’s Market Trader intensive feature film development programme at the European Film Market at Berlinale, 22-25 February 2020.

The Market Trader programme equips participants with the knowledge and support they need to understand the global film market, to plan and target their approach and develop the skills and relationships to get female-led, Australian screen projects in front of a global audience.

The inaugural recipients in 2018 were filmmaker and artist Juliet Darling and film practitioner and producer Virginia Whitwell.

“Our project NUDE TUESDAY now has a sales agent thanks to meetings conducted in Berlin.The experience has given me connections to many agents, distributors and financiers, several of whom we are now in correspondence with on a number of projects.”

- Virginia Whitwell

All costs will be covered by Dame Changer and Stan, with airfares generously discounted by Stage and Screen.

Applications are now open for Dame Changer members only (a great reason to be a DC member) and close on Friday 22nd November 2019. For eligibility, guidelines, more details and to apply, please go to:

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to Nov 26

(Melb) ScreenMATE Bystander Program Pilot Workshops

Four workshops will be held in Melbourne in November 2019.

Dates: 25 November 2019

Venue: Port Melbourne Town Hall - 333 Bay Street Port Melbourne

Time: 1pm - 5pm

Public transport access: Tram 109 from Collins Street. Port Melbourne Town Hall has one accessible car park on Bay Street and one on Spring Street South.

Description: This 4-hour workshop is tailored for the Screen Industry.

Date: 26 November 2019

Venue: Port Melbourne Town Hall - 333 Bay Street Port Melbourne

Time 9.15am-1.15pm

Description: This 4-hour workshop is tailored for the Gaming Industry.

A free creche is available to carers with children. Let us know if you need to book your child in.

Click here for more information on the workshops.

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8:45 AM08:45

(Adel) Making It Possible Program

Women In Film & Television (WIFT) Australia will be taking Raising Films Australia’s latest initiative, the “Making It Possible” Program to Adelaide in November 2019. The program is a free one-day course with follow-up mentorship, for women in the screen industry whose careers have been impacted due to parenting and caring responsibilities. The Adelaide course is delivered in partnership with Creative Plus Business and supported by funding from the South Australian Film Corporation.

The course will provide a holistic approach to personal, career and creative advice, mentorship and education while providing access to a free creche on the day. Expressions of interest to take up one of the 12 places per session will be open to SA-based screen industry practitioners who identify as female, are aged over 18, and who have had a demonstrated “time out” from or had their career impacted due to the consequence of parenting or caring responsibilities.

The one-day course will be held at the Iris Cinema (part of The Mercury Cinema) in Adelaide on Wednesday 27 November 2019, with expressions of interest now open for this session. Applications close Wednesday 30 October 2019.

Raising Films Australia is based on a UK model that is dedicated to supporting and advocating for parents and carers in the screen industry and the “Making It Possible” Program is based on Raising Films UK’s course held in 2017.

All information about the course is available at:

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6:15 PM18:15

(Syd) Screen ABC - Speed Dating


In collaboration with the ADG, AWG and WIFT, Screen ABC is delighted to be hosting our first Speed Dating – Expanding your Collaborators session.

This is an event for writers, directors and producers (with at least one screen credit) to pitch themselves and/or their ideas to potential future collaborators.

Date: Wednesday 27 November, 2019

Time: 6.15pm – 9.30pm

Venue: Cobbstar Studios: 2 Oatley Road, Paddington. Underneath the Chauvel Cinema.

The old Metro Screen.

Entry fee: $10 if a member of a guild/WIFT, $25 if not a member

More information here.

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6:00 PM18:00

(Syd) Bus Stop Films 2019 End of Year Showcase

Bus Stop Films (BSF) is inviting everyone to celebrate their 10th anniversary at their 2019 End of Year Showcase, screening their amazing new suite of inclusively made films created by their local and international BSF programs. The night, hosted at the Wesley Conference Centre Sydney, brings #inclusivefilmmaking to the BIG SCREEN and celebrates the creativity, passion and hard work of BSF students and their awesome industry mentors.

The ticketed event kicks off at 6.00pm, Wednesday 11th December and the night will feature the film projects made by students from classes delivered through partnerships with the Australian Film, TV and Radio School (AFTRS), Information & Cultural Exchange (ICE) Parramatta, The Flagstaff Group (Wollongong) and our groundbreaking film project with the Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM).

The night will premiere 10 short films plus an exciting sneak peek at our latest project “Stairs” filmed with students in Mongolia in partnership with the Arts Council of Mongolia!

Auslan interpreters will interpret the event and audio description and captioning of all films will be included.

Tickets for the event are just $22, and include refreshments on arrival, and can be purchased via TryBooking at

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6:00 PM18:00

(Syd) AFTRS Re-Frame 'Audience Engagement


Audience is a buzzword again. But no longer is it just bums on seats (or eyeballs on screens) – we’re talking data, demand and drivers; changes in a screen and broadcast industry that is coming to grips with ‘big data’ and human-centred design, that are likely to have a serious impact over the coming decades.

Our third Re:Frame event seeks to unearth new thinking and to consider questions about how new technologies, new platforms and new demands are changing the ways that we conceive and create content. What do these rapid and dramatic shifts mean for Australian creatives today? And what new challenges do we face? What opportunities arise from this fast moving, digitising and increasingly global marketplace for stories?

Featuring keynotes from ‘data whisperer’ Elisa Choy and ACMI’s experience guru Seb Chan, and a panel of industry innovators to chew over the implications for creative and business practices, join us to discuss the challenges and opportunities for Australian storytellers and audiences in this volatile digital age.

Interstate or can’t make the date? Re:Frame will be available on live stream and catch-up via our Facebook page.

AFTRS Re:Frame program is designed to engage the sector in a future-focused conversation, to bring the best and brightest minds from across the creative and business sectors to provide insights and inspiration about the future, and to encourage debate about how we can better play our part in the growth of the Australian creative economy.


Elisa Choy, Founder & Principal of Strategic Data Central (AKA the Data Whisperer), leads us through questions of big data – what can it tell us? What is it telling us? What can we learn?

Seb Chan, Chief Experience Officer at ACMI explores how data and behaviours can lead to insights about audience experiences and engagement.

Ashley Chang (YouTube), Bec Bignall (Rural Rooms), Kate Hodges (Shark Island Institute) and Georgia Rowe (ABC) give their perspectives of the challenges and opportunities for screen storytellers in a digital age, ranging from technology, trends and innovation to culture and creativity, international and regional.

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2:30 PM14:30

(Syd) The Show Must Go On - Wellness Roadshow

Following the ABC television premiere of documentary film The Show Must Go On, we will be presenting a Wellness Roadshow, that will tour nationally over the next twelve months.

The Wellness Roadshow event will take place in Sydney on Tuesday 29 October 2019 at the NSW Parliament House Theatrette. This is a free event and will include a screening of the film, followed by a panel which will be moderated by Monica Davidson and will include Ben Steel (writer/director), Julie Crabtree (psychologist), Dean Ray (musician) and Julia Edwards (Entertainment Assist). The panel will discuss the issues raised in the film along with tools and resources available to individuals. Afternoon tea for all attendees will follow.

To continue the conversation the Wellness Roadshow will tour nationally facilitating further screenings, conversations, panels and events with the aim to increase awareness of mental health issues within the entertainment industry.

The Show Must Go On is the first film to tell the story of the mental health of the 42,000 people working in the Australian arts and entertainment industry. While ‘show business’ is often seen as glamorous, fun, exciting and well paid, recent and alarming world-first research from Entertainment Assist and Victoria University paints a darker picture for entertainment workers. Anxiety symptoms are 10 times higher, sleep disorders are 7 times higher and symptoms of depression are 5 times higher than the national average. Suicide attempts in the industry are double the national average.

This film follows former Home and Away actor and debut documentary filmmaker Ben Steel on a soul-searching investigation into why are there so many arts and entertainment workers developing and struggling with mental wellbeing issues. Ben shares his intimate experiences living with depression and anxiety for the past few years, and along the way, we are witness to his intimate conversations with key creatives and crew, actors, dancers, musicians, performers- many of them household names - who have likewise struggled and how they have survived.

While this film may not reach and save every life, we hope it will have enough impact to at least save one, and that it will spark much-needed conversations about mental health.
Time: 2.30 - 5.00pm,
Date: Tuesday 29 October 2019
Venue: Theatrette, NSW Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney.
The Wellness Roadshow would not be possible without the generous support of Film Victoria, Creative Victoria, Screen Australia, Stage and Screen, Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance, Sidney Myer Fund, Andyinc Foundation, The Arts Wellbeing Collective, Entertainment Assist and Village Roadshow Limited. Additional partners of this event include WIFT NSW, MEAA, Casting Guild of Australia, Screen Producers Australia, Australian Writers' Guild.

Book your free ticket here.
For further information please contact

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6:30 PM18:30

(Syd) WIFT NSW - Panavision Event

WIFT NSW - Panavision Event

Presented by WIFT NSW

Wednesday 23 October 6.45pm-9.30pm

This workshop, proudly presented by Panavision & Women in Film & TV NSW, is aimed at Directors, Producers, emerging Cinematographers and anyone else interested in understanding camera and lens technology to enhance creativity. The workshop will cover working with spherical, anamorphic and large format systems and how they apply to current filming demands.

The workshop will be presented by Nic Godoy, National TVC Manager for Panavision Australia. Nic is a Film and TV professional with over 20 years experience. Nic has worked in varied sectors of the Film and TV industry in technical and consultant roles. Astute in technical and creative areas, and the end to end filmmaking process.


$5 plus Booking Fee for WIFT Members
$15 plus Booking Fee for General Admission
Tickets at:

All ages and genders welcome - children under 13 free. This event is “family friendly” and children of all ages are most welcome. Whilst a formal crèche or supervision will not be provided, there will be a designated kids area with children’s toys and activities which families are welcome to use! #raisingfilmsau

Parking & Transport

Erskineville and Newtown train stations are within walking distance.
Bus route 355 stops on Erskineville Road, near Prospect Street.
Bus routes 422, 423, 426 and 428 stop on King Street, near Erskineville Road.
Limited 2-hour parking.


Rear entrance has level access for people who use a wheelchair.
Front entrance has wheelchair lift access.
Toilets are accessible.

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to Oct 19

WIFT VIC presents Sue Maslin’s Creative Leadership Workshop

WIFT VIC presents Sue Maslin’s Creative Leadership Workshop Series: Join one of Australia’s most successful creative entrepreneurs in this life-changing series of workshops about how to build a sustainable creative business, why creative leadership matters and how to develop your own personal style of leadership. Further Information here

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6:30 PM18:30

WIFT VIC - Ride Like A Girl Screening and Networking Event

WIFT Victoria would like you to join us for the opening night screening on general release of 'Ride Like a Girl', the story of Michelle Payne’s ground-breaking 2015 Melbourne Cup victory.

This highly anticipated biopic marks the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated Aussie actor, Rachel Griffiths, and stars Teresa Palmer and Sam Neill.

Join us for what promises to be a fantastic screening and mingling afterwards, including one free drink for members.

Non-members also most welcome at the screening and can purchase drinks from the bar.

WHEN: 6:30pm, Thursday 26 September

WHERE: Cinema Nova: 380 Lygon Street, Carlton

All tix $12 (includes free drink for members)
*Please collect your ticket from WIFT VIC prior to the screening*

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6:30 PM18:30

WIFT NSW present In The Works:

11 September - WIFT NSW present In The Works: Feedback is an essential step to improve your work - WIFT NSW are bringing you an incredible opportunity. And the icing on the cake - your film will screened in a private room at Event Cinemas George Street.

WIFT NSW will select up to two short films to screen and two short scripts for a performed read-through in front of a live audience at Event Cinemas George Street.

Next, the creators of the project will have the opportunity to ask the audience for direct feedback.

Date for screening/live-reading
11th September- 6.30pm
Followed by drinks in the Event Cinema Bar

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1:00 PM13:00

WIFT Australia presents: The Women of Sci-Fi Short Film Line-Up

The SciFi Film Festival and Event Cinemas are proud to announce that Women in Film & Television Australia will be Presentation Partner for The Women in SciFi Short Film Session on Sunday, September 8 at 1.00pm. Dedicated to achieving gender equality in the Australian sector for female-identifying screen industry practitioners. More information on the films screening here

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to Sep 7

WIFT VIC presents Sue Maslin’s Creative Leadership Workshop Series

6 – 7 September, WIFT VIC presents Sue Maslin’s Creative Leadership Workshop Series: Join one of Australia’s most successful creative entrepreneurs in this life-changing series of workshops about how to build a sustainable creative business, why creative leadership matters and how to develop your own personal style of leadership. Further Information here

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6:30 PM18:30

Dame Changer: Masterclass with Gabrielle Dolan

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Dame Changer: Masterclass with Gabrielle Dolan
Learn how to pitch yourself! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear global thought leader Gabrielle Dolan on improving your storytelling skills. In a Dame Changer MASTERCLASS, she will help you create the right narrative at the right time, to sell your skills and your projects, as well as motivating and engaging the people around you. Places are limited.
Book tickets HERE *WIFT discount using the code StudentDiscount

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to Aug 23

Natalie Miller Fellowship - Applications close - AUSTRALIA

The Natalie Miller Fellowship invites women in the Australian screen industry to apply for its annual grant of up to $20,000. Our mission is to inspire female leadership and this grant is designed to recognise, nurture and empower the next generation of female leaders in the screen industry.

Applications are open to all women in the screen industry across all fields, from production to exhibition, broadcast, distribution and post-production services. The Fellowship will support those seeking financial assistance in pursuing professional development through attachments, internships, secondments, travel, and other means.

Past recipients of the Natalie Miller Fellowship have included Miriam Katsambis (Legal Counsel, Entertainment One FIlms AUNX), Kristy Matheson, (Director of Film Programs, ACMI), Rachel Okine (Vice President, Acquisitions at STXInternational), Harriet Pike (Head of Production & Development, WildBear Entertainment), Rebecca Hammond(Post Production Manager, Beyond Productions), Courtney Botfield (Film Distribution and Marketing Consultant/Producer) and Sasha Close (Film Programming Manager, Wallis Cinemas). Find out more about our past recipients, and how the Fellowship has impacted their careers, here.

Applications for the current Natalie Miller Fellowship close at midnight Friday 23 August 2019. 

For guidelines and to apply online visit our website 

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to Jul 27

Screen Makers Conference - ADELAIDE

The Screen Makers Conference is the leading event for emerging and early-career screen content makers across Australia.

Now in its fifth year, the conference brings together Australia’s writers, directors, producers and other screen creatives to share knowledge, connect with the industry, and pitch projects to the national marketplace.

The Screen Makers Conference 2019 program features leading screen practitioners and decision-makers working in film, TV, documentary and online, in speaker sessions, industry roundtables, and one-on-one pitching opportunities.

Over two days at Adelaide’s Mercury Cinema, delegates from across the country will hear from accomplished writers, directors and producers, and network with broadcasters, distributors, international sales agents, producers and leading production companies keen to connect with industry talent.

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to Jul 19

Media & Entertainment Tech Expo - SYDNEY

WIFT Australia is proud to be a supporter of the upcoming Media + Entertainment Tech Expo (METexpo). Focusing on all aspects of the “creation, distribution and consumption” of media, entertainment and technology, METexpo brings the media industry together once again for its industry recognised Conference and Exhibition, held 17-19 July 2019 at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour.

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10:00 AM10:00

WIFT WA at Revelation Film Festival - PERTH

Workshop: Preparing for Intimacy Scenes

Back by popular demand! How do you navigate intimate and sexual scenes in film and television
shoots whilst maintaining a safe working environment?

Following the recent changes to the Screen Australia code of conduct and the continued development of the #metoo movement, preventing sexual harassment and providing a safe work environment is essential on film and television shoots.

Actors, directors, producers, writers and crew are invited to learn best practice approaches to intimacy, simulated sex scenes, and nudity. This one and a half hour specialist workshop will demonstrate how you can use a simple and effective process to rehearse any intimate scene.

The workshop will be run by WIFT WA co-founder, casting director, acting coach and intimacy co-ordinator, Annie Murtagh-Monks (Last Train to Freo, Drift, The Heights).

Event Details:
Location: SAE
Date: Saturday 6th July 2019
Duration: 3 hours (10am - 1pm)
Estimated Attendance: 20
Ticketing: $30 per person, $25 for WIFT members (email for code)

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6:00 PM18:00

WIFT WA - Annual General Meeting - PERTH

WIFT WA’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday May 30th at 6pm. This is an opportunity to make an impact on the organisation and industry by joining the committee.

If you would like to be part of the WIFT WA committee for 2019 - 2020 please email nominate yourself for one of the positions below. At the AGM WIFT WA members will then vote in the 2019 - 2020 committee.

We are putting the call out for our members to nominate themselves for the following positions:
Vice President
1. Committee Member
2. Committee Member
3. Committee Member
4. Committee Member
5. Committee Member
6. Committee Member

The official duties of the committee members will be decided post AGM with the new committee. Term commitment is for a year and members who wish to continue a second term need to nominate themselves and be voted in the following year.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM and thank you for your support.
Please RSVP via the link:

Send all nominations in by Monday 20th of May to

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6:00 PM18:00

Pulse Q&A with Director Stevie Cruz-Martin - PERTH

PULSE Director, producer and cinematographer Stevie Cruz-Martin will conduct a special Q&A screening with Annie Murtagh-Monks, casting director & Pulse Executive Producer.

Mixing sexuality and teen angst with an undercurrent of sci-fi, this bold fantasy follows a gay disabled teen who undergoes a mysterious procedure that gives him the body of a young able-bodied woman in order to pursue his love object.

WINNER: Busan Bank Award, Busan International Film Festival.
Nominated: Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film AACTA Awards (Daniel Monks)

Wednesday 29 May at Luna Leederville, drinks from 6.00pm, 6.30pm film start.
Book your tickets here.

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9:00 AM09:00

Making It Possible - DUBBO

WIFT NSW presents Raising Films Australia’s latest initiative, the “Making It Possible” Pilot Program. The pilot program is a free one day course with follow-up mentorship, to be held in city and regional locations across New South Wales, in Sydney, Penrith, Byron Bay, Dubbo and Bega. 

The Sydney and Penrith, Bega & Byron Bay courses have now completed. The call out for Dubbo is now open with places available for up to 15 women in each course location. Applications close on 3 May for Dubbo.  Submit your application here.

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