Raising Films Australia

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NSW - Making It Possible Pilot Program

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 “Making It Possible” Pilot Program is specifically designed to address the needs of women who are returning to work after a career break or who are working alongside caring responsibilities but feel stuck and unable to move forward towards their goals – whether that be a promotion, moving up a level in responsibility on set or starting their own projects. It will provide a holistic approach to personal, career and creative advice, mentorship and education while providing access to a free crèche during the course. 

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” Pilot Program is based on Raising Films UK’s course held in 2017.

There are considerable barriers for women’s participation in the Australian screen industry in regards to gender equity. Work opportunities for those in the screen industry are highly competitive, with many available work opportunities being snapped up by those who are flexible in their availability, willing to relocate for work and who have current industry experience and connections. These factors are highly slanted against women, given their greater responsibilities for caring for family members. This perfect storm is significantly impacting women’s economic opportunity and advancement and reducing their participation in a field where they have likely engaged in tertiary study to enable their participation. Ultimately, this disempowers women in the sector, as well as the general female-identifying population, through lack of visible women on screen and in female-centric stories being told in our culture.  

The course is being delivered in partnership with Screenworks and Creative Business Plus.

  • Screenworks
    Screenworks is a not for profit organisation that provides support, leadership and vision for the regional screen industries in Australia. Screenworks will provide expertise, experience and engagement with the industry regionally as well as operational support. All regional participants will receive a complimentary one year Screenworks membership.

  • Creative Plus Business and Business Connect
    Creative Plus Business provides training, business coaching, resources, events and words to help those self-employed in creative industries find success. Creative Plus Business will provide business advisory services and facilitation for the one day courses. 

Course Dates:

  • Friday, 24 May 2019 - Dubbo (applications close 3 May 2019)

Expressions of Interest for Dubbo are now open.

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.

If you missed the deadline but would like to place your name on the waitlist, contact raisingfilmsaustralia@wiftaustralia.org.au.


Those working in the screen industry or a creative practitioner seeking to enter the screen industry who identify as female, are aged over 18, living in NSW, who have had a demonstrated “time out” from or had their career impacted due to the consequence of parenting or caring responsibilities. 

If you have any questions, please email Tracey Corbin-Matchett Project Manager Raising Films Australia at raisingfilmsaustralia@wiftaustralia.org.au.

The project has been kindly supported through funding from Create NSW and Women NSW. 


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