A coalition of women filmmakers have announced the highly anticipated formation of Women in Film & Television Australia (WIFT Australia), a national advocacy body committed to achieving gender parity in the Australian screen industry.
WIFT Australia is an alliance of women from within the three existing bodies, WIFT New South Wales (WIFT NSW), WIFT Victoria (WIFT VIC) and WIFT Western Australia (WIFT WA) along with women from new branches across the country – WIFT Australian Capital Territory, WIFT Northern Territory, WIFT Queensland, WIFT South Australia and WIFT Tasmania, ensuring all women are represented under the WIFT Australia banner.
WIFT WA is represented by Alexandra Nell who said, “We appreciate and acknowledge the long history of advocacy for women in the screen industry and our work builds on these solid foundations. WIFT Australia will allow us to streamline our efforts and reach more women across Australia than ever.”
WIFT Australia champions women-identifying filmmakers of all ages, colours, sexualities, abilities, and joys. It recognises the abysmal statistics of representation of women in the industry and exists to create change in both the workplace and the wider community, ensuring the stories reaching Australian screens are a stronger reflection of the nation’s rich culture and diversity.
WIFT Australia invites the industry to join them in facilitating positive, long-lasting cultural shifts backed by a broad base of education, policy and support.
The Gold Coast Film Festival will host the official launch of WIFT Australia on Friday, 20 April through their #femalefilmmakerfriday program.
General WIFT Australia membership will be available after the launch however most local branches, including WA, are accepting new members.
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