WIFT NSW | Making It Possible Pilot Program05.12.2018
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, including 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 and this has been exacerbated by the current down turn in film production in Australia. Subsequently, 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.
- Friday, 15 March 2019 – Byron Bay
- Friday, 5 April 2019 – Bega
- Friday, 24 May 2019 – Dubbo
Expressions of Interest for Byron Bay, Dubbo and Bega are now open.
The call out for Byron Bay, Bega and Dubbo are now open. Places will be available for up to 15 women in each course location and closes midnight on Sunday 23 December.
To submit an EOI or find out more info head to www.wiftaustralia.org.au/makingitpossible