Documentary Australia Foundation and Screen NSW launch SheDoc - supporting women in documentary
Screen NSW and Documentary Australia Foundation today announced SheDoc, a new initiative to support female documentary filmmakers based in NSW. SheDoc will support travel, research, mentoring, residencies, skills development, seeding new work and the development of impact strategies using documentary. SheDoc is not for production funding. The program is open to women working in documentary at any stage of their career and in any key role.
“The fellowship program aims to make a pivotal intervention in a woman’s filmmaking career” said Mitzi Goldman, CEO Documentary Australia Foundation.
“The need for this intervention is clear. There is a significant gender divide in the documentary sector with the most recent Screen NSW figures reporting that less than half of key creative roles of writer and director are taken by women,” said Screen NSW CEO Courtney Gibson.
Screen NSW reported that, in the period November 2015 – November 2016, for projects supported by Screen NSW, 37% of documentary and factual directors were women. This is slightly higher than the figure for 2014/15, but there is still a way to go.
Mitzi Goldman, CEO of Documentary Australia, said: “By offering funding to facilitate opportunities that are self-directed and of benefit, our aim is to positively intervene in women’s filmmaking careers.”
The program will award up to four grants a year
to encourage new voices;
to enable skills to be consolidated or developed;
to assist projects to be kickstarted; and
to assist in building strategic audience engagement strategies.
The initiative will be funded by private philanthropic support through the Documentary Australia Foundation, funding from Screen NSW and from corporate partner RØDE Microphones.
Watch the SheDoc Promo HERE
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