Natalie Miller Fellowship and Film Victoria to host female leadership forum

Courtney Botfield, Rebecca Hammond and Sasha Close at the NMF Brilliant Careers Leadership Conference 2017.

The Natalie Miller Fellowship (NMF) and Film Victoria will host a forum this October to encourage female leadership in the Australian screen industry.

The Brilliant Careers Leadership program will build upon the Brilliant Careers national conference in 2017. This year’s event, to be held in Melbourne, will address the gender imbalance in decision-making roles in the industry and support the emergence of the next generation of female leaders.

Also supported by Screen Australia, the one-day conference is expected to bring close to 200 women together for sessions on navigating leadership, developing confidence, influence and presence, in addition to offering valuable opportunities for attendees to make new connections across the screen industry.

President and founding member of the NMF Sue Maslin said: “Over the past three years, we have seen the impact of women leaders making a profound difference to the Australian screen industry. More gender diversity programs, increased numbers of female driven projects in development and production, more female driven narratives programmed in cinemas and on television. This is just the beginning and the NMF Brilliant Careers Leadership Forum will provide valuable skills to the next wave of women leaders who will shape the industry, delivering a richer and more diverse screen culture for audiences.”

Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher said: “By supporting the Brilliant Careers Leadership Forum, Film Victoria continues to deliver on its commitment to see more women working and leading in the screen industry. We’re proud to play an important role in shaping the future of the industry via our programs and partnerships, including that with the Natalie Miller Fellowship, empowering the next generation of women in screen to aspire to leadership, and to identify the steps required to reach their goals.”

The 2019 Brilliant Careers Leadership Forum will run over one evening and a full day at RMIT University in Melbourne, and include:
• A special evening networking and screening function
• Leadership Forum with workshops and facilitated discussion covering key topics

The Brilliant Careers Leadership Forum will be held October 24-25. Speakers will be announced in due course.