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Senior women in the Australian screen industry have come together to launch Dame Changer, a new organisation designed to build the leadership capabilities and career success of women in screen. They have launched two targeted programs, Screen Tank and Mentor to Market.

Dame Changer has been formed by women with expertise across the industry in development and distribution, directing, screenwriting, producing, marketing and finance, all with a shared commitment to advancing the careers of women in screen.

“We aim to build resilient, sustainable and successful careers for women in screen. Teaching women how to lead and develop successful projects and teams to ensure long term viability is our business objective,” said one of DAME CHANGER’s founders Heather Oxenham.

Screen Tank and Mentor to Market, which are designed to build women’s business skills, professional knowledge and commercial confidence, target mid-career women who have close-to-market screen projects

Screen Tank is an intensive 3-day program with local and international industry professionals to be held from 30 April – 2 May 2018.  Projects will be hot-housed by industry experts and participants will receive constructive and actionable feedback to apply directly to their projects. A combination of professional development, mentoring and coaching knowledge with networking access will provide a rich experience for women keen on breaking through the glass ceiling to achieve success.

Applications for Screen Tank close April 9. To apply, go to:

The Mentor to Market “Project Accelerator” will offer a structured 12- month project development program. Entry to this program will be offered to selected Screen Tank participants who show real tenacity and leadership. They will be paired with industry professionals and mentors tasked with developing their project to be market ready.

For further information on Mentor to Market go to:

Honouring a historic Australian legend in screen who did it all back in the 1930’s, Dame Changer will also offer a Lottie Lyell Scholarship every year to a woman who displays the grit and tenacity required to be successful in this industry. The Scholarship will assist to subsidise participation in an approved international training program.

Learn more about Dame Changer and the women leading the organisation on their website.