For the first time ever, a creche will be available to delegates at SCREEN FOREVER, Australia’s premier Screen Industry conference event, in what is a major step forward for parents and carers working in the industry.
A partnership between the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), Create NSW, Screen Producers Australia (SPA) and Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Australia, the free creche recognises the importance of access to the intelligence and opportunities that come with attending the annual conference, and in supporting a sustainable and diverse screen industry.
Over three days, November 20-22, SCREEN FOREVER presents a rich program of keynote addresses, interviews, panel discussions, workshops, roundtables, pitching opportunities, the International Partnership Market and networking events.
The SCREEN FOREVER creche will be located onsite at Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne within the footprint of the conference itself, open from 8.30am-5.30pm on each of the three days and managed by leading childcare provider Crechendo.
Fully funded by the SAFC and Create NSW, and available at no cost to participants from all states, the creche has space for up to 20 children, to be allocated on a first come basis.
Creche bookings open from today – screenforever.org.au
SAFC Chief Executive Courtney Gibson said “Being parents and carers shouldn’t negatively impact our ability to work, just as our work shouldn’t negatively impact our ability to look after our families. Access and flexibility are the cornerstones of diversity in any industry and the SCREEN FOREVER creche has the screen industry showing leadership in relation to both.
Create NSW Executive Director, Investment and Engagement, Elizabeth W. Scott said, “It is important that screen practitioners be able to participate in events such as SCREEN FOREVER to keep up with market intelligence, pitch projects and network with peers. Affordable and available child care remains a significant barrier to parents and carers participating fully across the screen industry and Create NSW is proud to support an initiative that meaningfully addresses this barrier.”
WIFT NSW President and WIFT Australia Board member Megan Riakos said “WIFT Australia is proud to collaborate on the SCREEN FOREVER creche. Raising a family is often viewed as a career obstacle, particularly affecting women’s participation in the Australian screen industry.
We see this as is an important step forward in acknowledging and providing support for all parents, while kickstarting a broader conversation about how we can work together to create a more family friendly industry. We thank all the partners for their support for this much needed initiative.
SPA CEO Matthew Deaner said “The reality for working producers with families is long hours in production. Screen Producers Australia is proud to support our members with families and launch this service at SCREEN FOREVER this year. We need to continue to work together to create safe and sustainable working environments for screen professionals.“
In related news, WIFT Australia, in partnership with Create NSW, the SAFC and UTS, will launch the Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Survey Report at 11am on Friday Oct 12 at Adelaide Studios, as an Adelaide Film Festival event.
WIFT Australia will reveal the findings of their recent survey, which examined the issues affecting parents and carers working in the screen industry, while Create NSW and the SAFC will announce changes to the way they do business to better serve families with carers working in the screen sector.
SCREEN FOREVER CRECHE BOOKINGS & FURTHER INFORMATION
Anyone seeking details of how to access the creche, or to make a booking contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookings at screenforever.org.au
SAFC, Create NSW and SPA are all proud members of the Screen Diversity Inclusion Network (SDIN).