Raising Films Australia

Raising Films Forum

Raising Films Industry Forum Report and Submission

The Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Forum was held in response to the Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Survey ReportHoney, I Hid the Kids!: Experiences of parents and carer in the Australian Screen Industry and aims to identify workable actions to address the needs of and issues faced by, parents and carers working in the Australian screen sector. The Forum was held at Australian Film Television & Radio School on Thursday 6 December and was live-streamed nationally. 

WIFT Australia calls on the industry to recognise the needs of parents and carers as an issue of accessibility and inclusion. 

Supporting parents and carers to be actively involved in the industry is of equal importance to the meaningful support for greater inclusion of any marginalised groups and is significantly intertwined with addressing the impact of gender inequality. 

WIFT Australia will create a Raising Films Australia Advisory Board to ensure input from both decision makers and those with lived experience to drive and implement sector wide change. WIFT will also develop a follow-up Forum Report to be released in mid 2019 with recommendations for industry, best practice guides and case studies. WIFT Australia urges funding bodies, broadcasters and the wider industry to provide feedback, ideas, case studies and strategies on how to make the screen industry more accessible via emailing raisingfilmsaustralia@wiftaustralia.org.au.

The Forum

In May 2018, the Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Survey was launched. The survey was open for six weeks and received over 600 responses from across Australia. 

The aim of the survey was to examine the needs of and issues faced by parents and carers working in the Australian screen industry. The survey found that in the Australian screen sector women are more negatively affected by caring responsibilities, adding another layer to gender inequality in the workplace.

The Raising Films Industry Forum is in response to the Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Survey Report - Honey, I Hid the Kids!: Experiences of parents and carer in the Australian Screen Industry and aims to identify workable actions to address the needs of and issues faced by, parents and carers working in the Australian screen sector. 

The Forum opened with a keynote address by acclaimed Director Jocelyn Moorhouse, ahead of the launch of her book Unconditional Love: A Memoir of Filmmaking and Motherhood. The half day event included presentations by the lead researchers of the report Prof. Deb Verhoeven (University of Technology Sydney) and Dr Sheree Gregory (Western Sydney University) as well as experts on workplace and industry matters, including Parents at Work and Carers NSW. The day was facilitated by Monica Davidson from Creative Plus Business with additional speakers including experts on care supports and industry representatives. The Forum was be live-streamed nationally and satellite events held in Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

Watch the forum and provide feedback via our online submission link below.
Note: These videos are from the Facebook Livestream. WIFT will be uploading segments of these videos embedded into the website with captions in early 2019.

Program of the day
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Online submission Form

The six-page summary report is available here.

The full report is available here.

You can read more about the survey here.


The Raising Films Screen Industry Forum has been made possible with the support of the following key sponsors:

WIFT Australia, Screen Australia, Create NSW, AFTRS, Screenwest and AI Media.

Further support has been received from University of Technology Sydney, Western Sydney University, Griffith University, South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Queensland, Film Victoria, Screen Canberra, Australian Cinematographers Society, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, Australian Screen Sound Guild, Australian Guild of Screen Composers, Casting Guild of Australia, Australian Production Design Guild, Australian Directors’ Guild & ASDACS, Australian Screen Editors and The Orchard.

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