Raising Films was established by five UK-based film sector workers who recognised, from the start, that film and television are international industries. We are delighted to welcome international chapters of Raising Films, to share and compare information, and to make change together!
Raising Films Australia
In early 2017, producer Leonie Mansfield and scriptwriter Nicole Dade reached out to Hope Dickson Leach, one of the original founders of Raising Films here in the UK, about our work and the need to address similar issues in Australia’s industry.
Hope then connected with local practitioners (including current WIFT Australia president Megan Riakos and secretary Lucy Fisher and founding team members Kate Separovich, Kristen Hodges and Shideh Faramand) through a Raising Films brunch held at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival. From that, as women do, things got done and Raising Films Australia was officially launched in February 2018!
Today the strategy is being driven by the current WIFT Australia team with some strategic additions.
The WIFT Executive Committee: Megan Riakos (President), Rosie Lourde (Vice President), Katrina Graham (Vice President), Lucy Fisher (Secretary) and Jessica Khoury (Treasurer)
Project Manager: Maria Tedeschi
Raising Films Founding Team Members: Kate Separovich, Sabina Giado, Kristen Hodges and Shideh Faramand
Raising Films Australia Partners
Create NSW has provided a grant of $15,000 to assist with the establishment of Raising Films Australia. Australian Film Television and Radio School and the Screen Diversity Inclusion Network have also pledged to work alongside WIFT Australia to support these proposed initiatives through both soft skills as well as hard resources such as venues.
What will Raising Films Australia deliver?
The Raising Films Australia strategy includes:
The creation of an Advisory Board to bring strong industry input and lived experience to the strategy
A nationwide survey with comprehensive data analysis
Creation of detailed Raising Films Australia Survey report
An industry-wide conference with industry leaders (including funding bodies, production companies, distributors and exhibitors) to discuss how companies can better support working parents and carers.
Development and release of Raising Films Australia report announcing initiatives and recommendations, including Best Practice Guides for the industry.
Raising Films Australia will also investigate other possible initiatives such as the creation of a portable crèche bus/on-set creche and a benevolent fund for financial assistance to parents and carers.
Keep up-to-date with Raising Films Australia
The Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Survey report – Honey, I Hid the Kids: Experiences of Parents and Carers in the Australian Screen Industry was launched at The Adelaide Film Festival in late 2018. Download the report via the image above.
Raising Films Australia’s latest initiative is the Making It Possible Pilot. The pilot is a free one day course with follow-up mentorship, to be held in city and regional locations across New South Wales, in Sydney, Penrith, Byron Bay, Dubbo and Bega. Click on the image above for further information.