After a four-year hiatus, the recipient of the Natalie Miller Fellowship will once again be announced at the SCREEN FOREVER conference taking place at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne from 20 – 22 November. The Fellowship has a close connection with SCREEN FOREVER, with its namesake awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual SPA Awards as part of the 2015 conference.
Established in 2011 to recognise the unique contribution of screen industry pioneer Natalie Miller AO, the Natalie Miller Fellowship is open to all women working in the Australian screen industry and aims to provide financial assistance to pursue professional development in their fields through attachments, internships, secondments, travel and other means in order to reach their full leadership potential.
The Fellowship offers up to $20,000 for a professional development program that will deliver significant benefits to the applicant and the wider Australian screen community. In July 2018, Village Roadshow was announced as co-sponsor of the annual Fellowship for the next five years.
“SCREEN FOREVER is the ideal forum to announce the recipient of the 2018 Natalie Miller Fellowship – an initiative that promotes women not only in key creative roles but in business leadership roles that will increasingly shape our industry well into the future” said Sue Maslin, President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship.
“We are elated to welcome the Natalie Miller Fellowship back into the fold for 2018,” stated Screen Producers Australia, CEO, Matthew Deaner. “Diversity and gender parity are key themes for SCREEN FOREVER this year, and we look forward to recognising and nurturing the next generation of female leaders in the Australian screen community.”
Since 2012, six Fellowships have been awarded, recipients include Rachel Okine (VP, Acquisitions at STXInternational), Harriet Pike (Head of Production & Development, WildBear Entertainment), Rebecca Hammond (Post Production Manager, Beyond Productions), Courtney Botfield, Sasha Close(Film Programming Manager, Wallis Cinemas), and Kristy Matheson (Director of Film Programs, ACMI).
Since receiving the inaugural Fellowship, Okine has gone on to work as Vice President of International Production and Acquisitions for StudioCanal in Paris and was recently named Vice President of Acquisitions at STXinternational. In her new role she leads the front on all UK and European acquisitions, with a remit to identify and deliver new content for international distribution.