A coalition of women filmmakers today 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 NSW is thrilled to be joining forces with our formidable sister organisations” says WIFT NSW President Megan Riakos. “With an international awareness of gender inequality and lack of diversity in screen representation at an all time high, the time is ripe for us to nationalise”
“It’s become clear that national issues require national solutions,” says WIFT Northern Territory representative Bridget May. “Long-lasting change becomes more possible when working together strategically and amplifying each other’s work.”
WIFT WA representative, Alexandra Nell states “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”.
Briony Kidd, co-founder of the new WIFT Tasmania chapter agrees. “Women filmmakers in the smaller states and territories are excited to be welcomed in to this growing and dynamic movement. Working in rural and regional locations, we face additional barriers and specific challenges that we are keen to discuss with our national network.”
WIFT Australia champions women-identifying filmmakers of all ages, colors, 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 20 April through their #femalefilmmakerfriday program.
General WIFT Australia membership will be available after the launch however most local branches are accepting new members. Find out more about WIFT Australia via their website or get in touch with your local chapter.
Launch information: http://www.gcfilmfestival.com
Mailing list: eepurl.com/dmAOer
Hashtags: #wiftaustralia #auswomenfilm
WIFT State & Territory Chapters
WIFT Australia general membership will be available after the launch, however the following chapters are accepting new members and welcomes enquiries and volunteer support:
The following chapters will welcome new members in April 2018. Sign up to the WIFT Australia mailing list or contact your chapter representative: