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New awards shine light on Victoria's screen leaders
[Fri 05/10/2012 12:49:13]
Press Release form Film Victoria
Victorian screen professionals with a passionate and long-term commitment to developing the industry and nurturing emerging talent will be honoured at the inaugural Victorian Screen Leaders Awards, an initiative of Film Victoria.
President of the Board Ian Robertson said Film Victoria was pleased to announce the leadership awards, a first for the Victorian screen industry. “The purpose of the Victorian Screen Leaders Awards is to recognise individuals who are leaders and mentors in the screen industry and to inspire the next generation of screen leaders,” Mr Robertson said.
“It also serves to bring the industry together and give early career practitioners an opportunity to meet and engage with established practitioners. To mark the importance of these awards the Board has chosen to name them in honour of film and TV producer Jill Robb and creative arts advocate John Howie - two inspiring leaders in Film Victoria’s history who have been significant supporters of the Victorian screen industry.”
Jill Robb, AM has had a long and distinguished career in the screen industry. She was a founding board member of the Australian Film Commission, inaugural CEO of the Victorian Film Corporation (now Film Victoria) and a member of the Film Victoria Board from 1983 to 1989. The Jill Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Victorian Screen Industry will recognise a Victorian female screen practitioner who has shown leadership through their achievements and involvement in the industry, including the mentoring of early career practitioners, in particular other women in the industry.
John Howie has been a solicitor and arts industry advocate for over 40 years. He was Chair of Film Victoria from 1988-92 and President of the re-established Film Victoria Board from 2003 to 2011. The John Howie Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Victorian Screen Industry will recognise a Victorian individual or company with more than 10 years of continuous service and commitment to the industry who has driven innovation in their field.
Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi said the Victorian industry would gather next week to honour John's and Jill’s important contribution to the industry, and to celebrate the first recipients of the inaugural Screen Leaders Awards. “This is a unique opportunity to focus on the talents and achievements of Victorian practitioners, and recognise those who’ve given so much to the industry over the years. It will also inspire practitioners to take on active leadership roles which will strengthen and develop our industry.”
John Howie said he was pleased and honoured that Film Victoria had established these awards to recognise and encourage leadership in the industry. “Victoria is home to some of the most talented screen professionals in the world, and it’s critical that these skills and experience are passed on to early-career practitioners.”
“It was a wonderful surprise to learn that Film Victoria was establishing an award for women in the screen industry,” said Jill Robb. “Women are under-represented in the screen industry the world over, so anything that can be done to encourage involvement, nurture talent and allow them to bring their stories to the screen is worth undertaking. I congratulate Film Victoria for taking the initiative to recognise Victorian female screen professionals.”
The inaugural Victorian Screen Leaders Awards will be celebrated in Melbourne on Thursday, 11 October 2012.