THE FUTURE OF FILM IS FEMALE

February 14, 2020

SAE Creative Media Institute graduates and co-founders of Taival Films, Heidi Ylä-Ajos, Melisa Visca and Chris Michael, believe there are too few women in the film industry - and recent statistics confirm their views.
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THE FUTURE OF FILM IS FEMALE

SAE Creative Media Institute graduates and co-founders of Taival Films, Heidi Ylä-Ajos, Melisa Visca and Chris Michael, believe there are too few women in the film industry - and recent statistics confirm their views.

According to research conducted by Screen Australia between 2013 and 2018, women only account for 37 percent of producers, 17 percent of directors and 22 percent of writers in Australian feature film production.[1]

Wanting to promote change in the sector, and in an effort to give back to the film community, the Taival colleagues – who met while studying at SAE Institute in Melbourne – founded the Future Creatives Initiative.

The initiative, the first of its kind in Australia, offers a platform for women to share their thoughts and stories through film. It opened the floor for emerging women Screenwriters in Victoria 2018 to submit their scripts to be considered for the ‘Emerging Screenwriter Award’ in 2019.

Shortlisted applicants pitched their ideas in front of a panel of judges, within the 2019 February Melbourne Women in Film Festival season. The winning script by Nik James titled Stalling, has now been produced and is touring the festival circuit.

The Future Creatives Initiative ran a crew campaign early last year to find passionate emerging filmmakers with Taival Films and received more than 100 applications. Females were selected for most of the roles, including director, cinematographer and editor.

The Future Creatives Initiative team has plans to launch a second iteration of the program soon – this time calling out for aspiring female cinematographers. Currently two percent of working cinematographers are female, when comparing the top 100 grossing films of 2019.[2]

“With so much interest and positive feedback, we can confidently call the first year of the Future Creatives Initiative a success,” Heidi said.

“This validates the importance of the program. The outcome is better than we ever expected; we can’t wait to see what the second year produces.”

General Manager of SAE Australasia, Matt Evans said that direct action such as the Future Creatives Initiative helped to address the pressing issue of gender diversity in the sector.

“SAE is proud of our graduates who are tackling the important issues facing Australia’s film sector head on.”

[1] Screen Australia analysis of credits of theatrically released Australian feature films shot between 2013 and 2018.

[2] The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film report The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 100, 250, and 500 Films of 2019

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