WIFT New South Wales
About WIFT New South Wales
In 1982 a group of women, committed to improving the position and representation of women in the film and television industries, established Women in Film & Television NSW.
Twenty-six years later, on Thursday 13 December 2018, WIFT NSW held the 2017-18 Annual General Meeting during which two special resolutions were unanimously passed. These resolutions approved the transformation of WIFT NSW from a stand-alone organisation into a NSW chapter nested within the national structure of WIFT Australia. This is an incredibly important moment in the history of WIFT NSW and an important step in solidifying WIFT Australia as our peak advocacy body.
The transition will take approximately six months and will be led by a Transition Sub-Committee made up of the outgoing WIFT NSW Executive members Megan Riakos, Lucy Fisher and Katrina Irawati Graham. During the transition period, the WIFT NSW chapter will continue to have a presence under WIFT Australia and NSW members will be consulted in 2019 on how best they would like the NSW Chapter to run. In the meantime, the NSW Chapter Interim Chair will be former President Megan Riakos. If you want to be a part of the WIFT NSW Chapter Interim Committee please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WIFT NSW has an exciting slate of monthly events scheduled for 2019 with funding support from Create NSW and the City of Sydney. Details of monthly events can be found at News & Events.
WIFT NSW has a strong focus on advocacy in order to make lasting change in the screen industry. Two recent direct action protests – the AACTA Sausage Party and the Picnic At Fremantle protests, highlighted inequitable conditions and both resulted in policy changes.
WIFT’s advocacy centres around the five most important barriers to women’s equality as defined by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia*:
Lack of Female Leaders
Lack of Flexible Work Practices
Affordability and accessibility of childcare
Our aims and objectives to combat these are:
To promote diverse and positive representation of women in screen based media
To enhance women's professional development
To ensure Equal Employment Opportunities for women
To promote women's achievements
To maintain a communications network for women
To raise women's issues
To speak on behalf of our members and lobby for improvement in the related industries
To view WIFT NSW’s recent advocacy campaigns click here.
WIFT NSW Interim Committee
Katrina Irawati Graham
WIFT NSW Memberships
WIFT New South Wales memberships are now processed through WIFT Australia. If you would like to be a member please visit the WIFT Australia membership page.
Volunteer with WIFT NSW
WIFT NSW are always on the look out for passionate and skilled volunteers. If you would like to be a part of events and initiatives please fill out the WIFT NSW volunteer form.
Tax Deductible Donations
WIFT NSW is the state advocacy body for Women in the screen industry in NSW and across Australia with a specific aim: to achieve gender parity in the film industry through advocacy, education and support of female identifying filmmakers.
As a Not For Profit Organisation, we rely on funding grants and the generosity of donors to continue this important work. You can help us to continue to change the woeful statistics of female representation both in front of and behind the screens by making a tax deductible donation to our organisation.
Your donation will go towards advocacy and initiatives being run by WIFT NSW in collaboration with WIFT Australia.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at NSWDonate@wiftaustralia.org.au.
WIFT NSW Sponsors
The work of WIFT NSW is made possible by the generous support and sponsorship of a number of key organisations including:
Create NSW, Women NSW, City of Sydney, Event Cinemas, Australian Film Television & Radio School, Screen Australia and Screenwest.