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.

History and Her Story

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HISTORY & HER STORY, an event co-presented by WIFT Victoria and MIFF.

Moderated by Kate Jinx, feminists Merle Thornton, Mary Crooks, Marilyn Lake and Jean Taylor talked about their activism in the 60s, 70s and 80s for women’s rights and how this affects us today.

To join WIFT Victoria, go to the ‘About Us’ section.

wiftmiff(15 August 2015)

For more about this event and the awesome panellists, go to…/film/talking-pictures-history-her-story


International Women’s Day Short Film Screening 2015

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Deakin University and Women in Film and Television (WIFT Vic) invite you to the annual WIFT Vic International Women’s Day Short Film Screening on Thursday March 12 @ Deakin Edge, Federation Square.


Join us for an evening of exclusive graduate screenings and a panel discussion with filmmakers, followed by networking drinks to celebrate the successes of female filmmakers from Deakin University and their short films including drama and documentaries.

DATE    Thursday 12 March, 2015
TIME  6.30pm – 9.30pm (registration open from 6.00pm)
Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Corner Swanston St & Flinders StMelbourne, VIC
RSVP    Monday 9 March 2015 @

Women Working in Radio Forum – Links & Downloads

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Many thanks to the panel of radio professionals who gave valuable advice to the audience who attended the Women in Radio Forum on Saturday June 28, 2014 at RMIT’s Radio Theatre. Kyla Brettle, Catherine Gough-Brady, Tracy Bartram and Sue Howard gave some fascinating insights into the world of radio and new media.

Thanks to RMIT’s School of Media and Communication for supporting this industry engagement event.

To download Catherine Gough-Brady’s presentation, click here

Tracy Bartram’s blog can be found at:

Kyla Brettle’s blog can be found at:

Interview with WIFT Vic board member Joan Robinson on 3RRR to promote the forum: click here

Brief video interviews with Women Working in Radio Forum speakers: click here

Women Working in Radio, Saturday 28 June, 2-4pm

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Four experts in radio broadcasting and production headline our Women Working in Radio workshop on Saturday 28 June, 2-4pm.

Kyla Brettle Academic, audio producer and documentary maker
Catherine Gough-Brady Producer of audio features and television documentaries
Sue Howard Former Director of ABC Radio and broadcaster
Tracy Bartram Radio presenter, writer and comedian
Hosted by Chris Keogh, our panelists will talk about their extensive careers in radio, followed by a Q&A.
This forum will also explore media possibilities beyond radio – content and skills that transfer across radio, film, TV and new media.
Join WIFT Victoria for an afternoon of insight into working in radio. Please RSVP ASAP – to help our planning for the day.
Date:           Saturday 28 June 2pm to 4pm

Location:   Radio Theatre, RMIT city campus, Building 9, corner Bowen and Franklin Streets

Cost:           WIFT members – free (attendees can join on day)
                     RMIT staff & students – free
                     General public – $10
                     Students – $5        

RSVP: by 7pm Monday 22 June 2014
An industry engagement event, supported by RMIT’s School of Media and Communication.  

WIFT (Vic) AGM and Christmas Party 2013

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Producer FIONA EAGGER & writer YSABELLE DEAN from the acclaimed ABC TV and Every Cloud Production “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” will be “In Conversation” at our AGM followed by a Q&A where WIFT members can hear the inside story of this gorgeously costumed, female character driven production, shot in Melbourne & set in the 1920s.

Please join the Board & members of WIFT Victoria & women from Victoria’s busy screen production industry to celebrate  Christmas with an exploration of the success of the fabulous “Miss Fisher” series. Hear about what WIFT(Vic) has been up to this year & plans for 2014.

WHEN: 6pm Tuesday 19 November 2013

WHERE: The Apartment 401-405 Little Bourke Street (near Queen) in the city

WIFT will provide a free Christmas drink (or two) & excellent food is available to be purchased for dinner between 6pm and the start of the AGM at 7pm.

Entry is free for WIFT members or you can join at the door. Please RSVP to by Sunday 17 November.



“Utopia Girls” screening

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“Utopia Girls” screening 10 October 2013










To commemorate the 110th anniversary of the first time women voted in an Australian Federal election, WIFT (Vic) is screening the documentary “Utopia Girls” about how women won the vote. Produced by Renegade for the ABC, the film tells the fascinating story about how Australian women became the first in the world to gain full political rights. Historian Dr Clare Wright will discuss making the documentary and new ABC Head of Factual will answer your questions about the commissioning process for ABC documentaries.

DATE: Thursday, 10 October 2013

WHERE: Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale Street, City

TIME: 6pm for 6.30pm screening

Free for WIFT (Vic) members. Admission by gold coin donation or join up on the night.

Download the flyer here

Copyright in the Digital Screen Age

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What Filmmakers Need to Know About Rights Management: Women in Film and Television (VIC) Copyright Forum

Tuesday 19 June 2012, 6.30pm, The Apartment, 401-405 Little Bourke Street


Free to WIFT members; $5 for non-members

So you’re a writer/director/producer with a brilliant idea, but you need help to get it off the ground. Whether you bring other people onto the project as partners or contractors, or present your idea to a producer or production company, what are your rights and how can you protect them? How can you ensure you benefit from the exploitation of your idea? What do you need to know about digital rights management? What are your options if you’re considering a non-traditional form of distribution?

Our experienced panel will discuss these issues and give examples from their careers as successful filmmakers. They include award-winning producer Sue Maslin, film and entertainment law expert Shaun Miller from Shaun Miller Lawyers, comic writer and performer Peter Moon from the Australian Writers Guild and lawyer and director Peter Carstairs, representing the Australian Directors Guild.

Panel commencing at 7pm followed by Q&A till 9pm. Drinks and food will be available at bar prices from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

RSVP appreciated to or call Sue Marriot, President WIFT (Vic) on 9620 0023 or just turn up on the night.


Sue Maslin

Sue Maslin is an award winning screen producer and Adjunct Professor of the School of Media & Communication, RMIT University. She produces and distributes screen content across many platforms – cinema, television, web and mobile phone – for her company Film Art Media.

Feature credits include feature films ROAD TO NHILL (1995), JAPANESE STORY (2003), winner of 26 international wards including the AFI Award for Best Feature Film and HUNT ANGELS (2006), winner of the AFI Award for Best Feature Documentary Film.  Documentary credits include THE EDGE OF THE POSSIBLE, THE HIGHEST COURT and CELEBRITY: DOMINICK DUNNE and MICHAEL KIRBY – Don’t Forget The Justice Bit (writer/director Daryl Dellora) was nominated for Best Documentary Biography in the 2010 ATOM Awards.

In 2010, Sue was appointed as Adjunct Professor of the Media Program, School of Media & Communication, RMIT University. Sue currently serves on the Board of the Adelaide Film Festival and was Artistic Director of the Australian Film Festival (2004-08) in Israel, a participant at the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit and a Member of the Australia International Cultural Council. She is a founding member of the Natalie Miller Fellowship Trust.


Shaun Miller

Shaun recently set up Shaun Miller Lawyers specialising in film and entertainment law (based in Melbourne).  Previous to this, Shaun was a Partner in the Media Department at Marshalls & Dent Lawyers. Earlier in his career, Shaun worked in film production (with filmmaker Paul Cox) as well as film distribution and exhibition (with Sharmill Films and Cinema Nova).

Shaun is the Chair of the Board of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Film and Television School Course Advisory Committee.  He was previously on the board of Channel 31. With over 10 years’ experience in the area of film and entertainment law, Shaun has worked on a vast number of feature films, television series, animations, short films and new media projects. One of the highlights of Shaun’s career as a film lawyer was acting for the producer of Adam Elliot’s short animated film “Harvie Krumpet” which won an Oscar at the Academy Awards in 2004.

Shaun also “guest lectures” in film and entertainment law at the VCA Film and Television School, the Australian Film Television and Radio School, the University of Melbourne and Open Channel, amongst others.

Shaun sees the role of today’s film and entertainment lawyer as a “facilitator”, that is, liaising with producers, government funding bodies, distributors, financiers and creative talent in order to get film and television programs onto the big and small screen.


Peter Moon

Peter Moon became well known to Australian audiences in the comedy television show Fast Forward where his memorable characters included “Victor” the Soviet newsreader and Barry the advertising executive. He worked as a writer on Full Frontal and hosted a top-rating breakfast show with Wendy Harmer for eight years on Sydney radio. Peter played the Reverend Marsden in the historical comedy Bligh and guest starred on Neighbours as theatre producer Terry Kearney. In 2009 he wrote, produced and starred in Whatever Happened to That Guy, a comedy series loosely based on his own experiences as a “has-been” comedian.

Peter  is a member of the Australian Writers Guild National Executive Council.


Peter Carstairs

Peter Carstairs is an award winning writer/director and is also an intellectual property lawyer with one of Australia’s leading law firms.

Peter graduated from the AFTRS in 2002 and, after a string of acclaimed short films (including GATE, AFTERWARDS and PACIFIC) he co-wrote and directed his debut feature film SEPTEMBER starring Mia Wasikowska and Xavier Samuel. SEPTEMBER was official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at Cannes forum as part of Cannes Cinephiles. Produced by John Polson, SEPTEMBER was released theatrically in Australia by Hopscotch Films in early 2008.

Together with producing partner, James Grandison, Peter has recently created the Melbourne production company Pistols at Dawn, which has a slate of long form projects in development.

In addition to his career as a filmmaker, Peter is also a senior associate in the Melbourne office of King & Wood Mallesons where he specialises in intellectual property and, in particular, copyright. He has provided copyright advice to a range of clients dealing with the internet and digital technologies including anti-piracy and enforcement litigation for the music and film industries including acting for the music industry in Australia’s first internet piracy case involving Bit Torrent (Warner Music v Swiftel).

He has also prepared numerous submissions to the Federal Government on behalf of clients including as part of the Fair Use and Other Copyright Exceptions Review (an examination of fair use, fair dealing and other exceptions in the Digital Age).

Peter sat on the board of the Australian Directors Guild for two years in 2005/2006.





An overview of 2011 Funding Programs

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Sue Edwards (Film Victoria) and Heather McFarlane (Screen Australia) discuss funding opportunities available in 2011
Sue and Heather speak to the group
Sue and Heather speak to the group
Sue and Heather speak to the group
Sue and Heather speak to the group
Sue and Heather speak to the group
Sue and Heather speak to the group
Sue and Heather speak to the group
Sue and Heather speak to the group
Sue and Heather speak to the group
Lisa French provided an update on her research on women’s issues in the film industry
Lisa French