Time’s Up – A Forum for Change

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'It's time to shift the conversation towards solutions to the problem of sexual harassment and indecent assault in the workplace'

Tracey Spicer

Event Summary

Melbourne, Victoria – WIFT Vic will present ‘Time’s Up- A Forum For Change’, taking place at Arts Centre Melbourne, and featuring Tracey Spicer, Sue Maslin, Anjali Rao along with a panel of industry experts.

The event will take place at 6.30pm on Monday 26th February 2018.

The forum will focus on informing and empowering individuals, who want a greater understanding of sexual harassment within the creative industry.

Panel Details

Our expert panel will be moderated by journalist Anjali Rao and includes:

  • Kristen Hilton, Commissioner, Vic Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
  • Adam Portelli, Regional Director for MEAA
  • Catherine Brooks, Principal with Moores Legal

The second half of the evening will be an open discussion lead by Tracey Spicer and Sue Maslin, with the opportunity for audience members to participate in the conversation.

Event Details


6.30pm – 9.30pm, Monday 26th February 2018


The Pavilion Room, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 3000


$5.00 – with all proceeds donated to Women’s Legal Services, Victoria. Click to purchase.

For media and event enquiries please contact Diana Fisk at 0403525395 or

Arts Centre Melbourne

Location Address

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

AFTRS Conference – Make it! Joining a Guild: What’s In It For you?

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This year WIFT Victoria was invited to participate in the guild panel at the AFTRS Conference Make it! Joining a Guild: What’s In It For you?

On the panel our president, Margarita Ivanovsky, joined Charlie Carman (AWG), Doron Kipen (ASSG), Jonathan Brough (ADG), Camille Van Wessem (ASE), Sky Davies (ACS) & Madeline Getson (Film Victoria) to talk about their organizations and the importance of joining one.

Margarita had the opportunity to talk about the exciting future of WIFT Vic and the importance we place on support women in the industry.

This event also helped us to start talking about future collaborations with the different guilds. So watch this space!

Make It! is designed for those who want to develop a career in the exciting, flourishing local industry.

The two-day event at the State Library of Victoria was jam-packed with industry professionals giving specialist career advice and inspiring participants to survive and thrive professionally.

Find more information about Make It!

Find more information about AFTRS

We would like to say thank you for AFTRS and specifically Denise Eriksen (A WIFT Vic member) and Wendy Gray for inviting us along!

SPAA Conference: SCREEN FOREVER 2017

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In November we were kindly offered a discount to the SCREEN FOREVER 2017  conference.  It was 3 days filled with inspiring teaching, informative wisdom from trailblazers, networking, pitching and building new relationships with like-minded peers.

The conference covered the grave situation women face in the entertainment industry and the positive impact women speaking up is having on the issues of diversity and gender. Other highlights included the effects Netflix has had on the Canadian Entertainment industry, meeting the television buyers across Australia’s networks, learning of the new structure for ABC and discovering the future of storytelling in the worlds of Virtual and Augmented Reality. Those who booked early had roundtable opportunities as well as time to network, ending with a chance to unwind at the 17th Annual Screen Producers Australia Awards and the SCREEN FOREVER Gala Party.

This jam-packed conference is one not to be missed and we hope we can offer a discount in 2018.

August 2107 Event Recap: ‘The Yellow Brick Road to Funding’ with Katrina Mathers

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First of all, a big thank you to our guest speaker, Katrina Mathers. Not only did she dedicate her time and energy to share with us her secrets, she did it all on a Sunday morning!

Learning about funding while having food would probably be the only thing that will get me out of bed on a Sunday morning and clearly, I wasn’t the only one. We had members attending from all sorts of industries; TV, film, festival and even literature. It was a great opportunity to network and get to know them over coffee and food.


Katrina’s knowledge of funding was fascinating and insightful. It’s not surprising hearing that her short films have won over 30 awards including an AACTA (The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award), and have screened at hundreds of film festivals. Plus two of her recent animations were Academy® Accredited, Nullarbor and The Gallant Captain  (co-directed with renowned children’s author Graeme Base). Katrina has also written, produced and directed for organisations such as ABCTV, Granada Media, MCM Entertainment, ActIII Animation, 9MMCommercials and Network10.

I’m happy to say that we had a successful first networking brunch event and that we look forward to having Katrina come back for events in the future. We hope to continue hosting similar events all around Melbourne, so keep an eye out for a WIFT VIC event near you!


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Written by:
Maggie Olkhovsky – Event Organizer and WIFT Vic board member

Join us for our August 2017 event: The Yellow Brick Road to Funding

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MEMBERS EVENT! Join us for our August event “The Yellow Brick Road to Funding”.

Katrina Mathers will join us to discuss all the ways you can fund your film and which one could be suitable for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to get informed and have the chance to network and collaborate with fellow WIFT Vic members!

Katrina Mathers is a prolific independent filmmaker, her short films have won over 30 awards including an AACTA, and have screened at hundreds of film festivals. Her recent animations were both Academy® Accredited: NULLARBOR (continues to be a best seller on iTunes) and she developed and co-directed THE GALLANT CAPTAIN with renowned children’s author Graeme Base. Katrina co-founded The Lampshade Collective animation and VFX studio in Melbourne and oversaw production on many TVCs, ghosting jobs and shorts.She has also written, produced or directed for organisations such as ABCTV, Granada Media, MCM Entertainment, ActIII Animation, 9MMCommercials and Network10.

Wait there is more! We also have five double passes to That’s Not Me up for grabs to the first five members to arrive. That’s Not Me is an Australian indie comedy, filmed in Melbourne co-written by Alice Foulcher and Gregory Erdstein, directed by Gregory Erdstein and starring Alice Foulcher and Isabel Lucas.

This is a MEMBERS ONLY event. Become a WIFT VIC member to be able to attend the event.
Join here!