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By November 21, 2019AGM

It’s that time of the year where we take a moment to share with you and celebrate what we have achieved in the last 12 months. As a whole, the WIFT Victoria Board has worked hard to bring value to you, our members, through organising events and initiatives that have provided opportunities to learn and develop skills, including: 

  1. The Ins and Outs of Mentorship in partnership with the Melbourne Women in Film Festival. This brought together mentees and mentors to talk about their experiences and what makes a great mentee/mentor relationship. 
  2. Celebrating Creative Women in partnership with Holding Redlich. We did just that – celebrated the successes of female creative leaders and discussed how corporates and creatives can build effective and mutually beneficial partnerships.
  3. The Greenlight Process Workshop in partnership with Compton Business School. Delivered by Dr David Court and our board member Andrea Buck, this looked into the movie greenlight process and specifically how to harness the wisdom of crowds in project selection.
  4. Our annual partnership with St Kilda Film Festival: Women in Film. This event brought you a selection of shorts competing for the title of Australia’s Best Short Film, and a panel discussion with the filmmakers themselves, moderated by Sue Maslin.
  5. Two WIFT VIC members were awarded the Creative Leadership Scholarship, in partnership with Compton Business School.
  6. We are finally on our way to digitalising WIFT Victoria’s 30 years of archives!
  7. And, as usual, we held screenings and networking evenings throughout the year.

In addition, we welcomed new board members: Carole Alt (Vice-President), Laura Davidson (Treasurer), Emily Booth (Secretary), Madison Tonkes (PR) and Eadaoin O’Reilly (Events).


The WIFT VIC Board has one goal in mind: to support and promote the women in our industry and celebrate their achievements. Later this month we will hold our annual Strategy Day. As we make plans for the year ahead, we want to hear what you would like from WIFT VIC as well. We want to make sure our members’ voices are heard. To contribute, you can access a short survey here:


Thank you in advance for your input; it helps keep our organisation going and enables our team of volunteers to bring you an array of benefits and events.



Earlier in the year, WIFT VIC awarded two scholarship places for Sue Maslin’s Creative Leadership program at Compton School: Jessica Hutchinson and Eliza Charley, who received 25% off their course fee.  The course offered three full weekends with Sue Maslin, plus ongoing online conferences and mentoring from Sue. All this in a cohort of future industry leaders.

To Jessica and Eliza, we hope and trust the scholarship continues to take your life and career to new heights. We would also like to congratulate all the WIFT VIC members who enrolled in this course and took advantage of the 10% discount. We are also hoping this scholarship prize will run again next year, so watch this space!

“The Creative Leadership course is a game-changer for the creative industries. It’s a melting pot of ideas and sustainable business practices that can benefit anyone’s career, regardless of what ‘stage’ you’re at. The course has filled me with fantastic ideas, and given me a network of strong, powerful artists who all want each other to succeed and thrive in their work. The amazing things we’ve accomplished at the course this year is going to resonate and grow, and I can’t wait to see what happens next for us all. I couldn’t have done it without the incredible support of WIFT VIC, and I’ll be forever grateful to Sue and Andrea for the gifts they’ve given us. Don’t walk – RUN to do this course. It’ll be the best thing you invest in – because it’s about investing in yourself.” ~ Jessica Hutchinson

“What happens when we harness the intersection of Creativity, Business and Technology? Rapid expansion of career capacity and industry sustainability – This has been my key learning as a member of the 2019 cohort at The Compton School Creative Leadership course with Sue Maslin.

As a joint recipient of the WIFT 2019 Scholarship, together with the incredible Jessica Hutchinson, I have had the opportunity to integrate a decade of polymath career experiences into one coherent vision and direction for the future. Members of the course are equipped with business skills, inspired by emerging digital leaders, and above all connected to a passionate group of superstar creators set on changing the industry for the better.

Thank you to WIFT VIC for the scholarship support, which reduced my fees and made attendance possible. This experience has been invaluable. I am incredibly grateful and I know this is the beginning of an active chapter of leadership and growth.” ~ Eliza Charley



WIFT VIC would like to extend an enormous thank you to the team at Princess Pictures – Founder & Company Director, Laura Waters; Commercial Director, Emma Fitzsimons; and Development Executive, Sarah Lang – for speaking on the panel of our case study event last Friday evening. Your engaging and tremendously generous insights were much appreciated by members and supporters alike. And many thanks to the ever fabulous Denise Eriksen, our moderator, and RMIT’s School of Media and Communications for having us.



This year, our annual Members Christmas Party will be held on December 15 in conjunction with VIC ASE and some other incredible industry guilds. Drinks and nibbles provided. Don’t forget to diarise in pen!

1pm, Sunday December 15
Golden Gate Hotel: 238 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne



We say goodbye to our wonderful board member Rochelle “Rocky” Humphrey. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Rocky for her contribution to WIFT Victoria as Events Coordinator. Over a year and a half, she has been a huge part of our organisation, looking after events such as Christmas Pitching and the 30-Year Anniversary celebration. She was also one of the key people to manage the mentors and mentees for the Mentor Her initiative. On behalf of the Board of WIFT Victoria, we wish Rocky all the very best for her future.


Laura is a Chartered Accountant with over 12 years experience. Previously, she sat on sporting incorporated associations and was a founding board member for a mental health not-for-profit in Sydney. Laura is keen to contribute to the financial success of WIFT Victoria for its members. She is passionate about female representation on Boards and helping women succeed.