Situation Leaping Backwards for Australian Independent Female Moviemakers

Looks like things are continuing to get worse for Australian female, independent, emerging moviemakers or those trying to enter the industry by whatever means possible.

Established and not-quite-established female moviemakers are also having a hard time of it due to the onerous male-oriented rules and regulations imposed by funding bodies – amazing that there are any funds to be had at all given how much federal moviemaking money has been given away to non-Australian moviemakers lately.

Sydney-based moviemaking education organisation Metro Screen recently held an event to discuss some of the latest funding changes, You’re On Your Own, Kid. The audience and organisers aired their response to the latest big funding cuts and rules changes by federal movie funding body Screen Australia. In conclusion, Metro Screen’s article states:

We know that a tertiary degree and internships are not enough to get you there. We know that there’s a limit to how much money you can raise on pozible. We believe that the strength of our current screen culture is built on a long and consistent investment in nurturing talent – those who become our industry – so we’re concerned about investment in the next crop.

In a related development, Laura Sivis, President of Women in Film and Television NSW (WiFT NSW) was interviewed recently on Sydney radio station 2SER. In the latest edition of the WiFT NSW newsletter Ms Sivis writes:

I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Minister for Women, Hon. Prue Goward in her ongoing support and lobbying to the Screen Funding bodies, regarding the way funding eligibility criteria, is discriminating against female writers, directors and producers.


While Screen Australia CEO, Graeme Mason, informs Prue there is no negative impact on funding decisions – the fact that gaps in career credits have no avenue to be explained as part of the application process, means that it “falsely appears” that no industry skills or career experience have accrued during this time. Currently any woman who takes time off to care for families or take a career side step to further their industry knowledge, is subject to being poorly marked in the assessment scoring system used in assessing development, market travel and production finance.