Making It Possible Program expands as it moves to Regional NSW

March 3, 2021

The Making It Possible (MIP) program is returning in 2021 for Regional NSW with an expanded program.
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Making It Possible Program expands as it moves to Regional NSW

The Making It Possible (MIP) program is returning in 2021 for Regional NSW with an expanded program.

Women In Film & Television (WIFT) Australia will be running Raising Films Australia’s initiative in April 2021, this time online. The program is a free two-day workshop with individual follow-up mentorship, group workshop with industry leaders and counselling for parents and carers in the screen industry whose careers have been impacted due to parenting and caring responsibilities.

The program is delivered in partnership with Creative Plus Business, Screenworks, and Information Cultural Exchange (I.C.E), supported with funding from Screen NSW and City of Sydney.

Since it was first run in 2018, the MIP program has been developed to provide more support to participants.

Maria Tedeschi, Project Manager at WIFT Australia and Raising Films Australia states, “The holistic approach to the personal, career and creative advice is very important to us and with the challenges of 2020 we felt it necessary to expand the program further to meet those challenges.”

Making It Possible program now includes:

  1. Free two-day workshop, facilitated by Monica Davidson (Creative Plus Business)
  2. An industry speaker, who is a carer, with speak with participants during the workshop with advice on negotiating caring duties and career.
  3. Following the workshop, all participants will have one-on-one follow up sessions with Creative Plus Business to stay on top of their Action Plan.
  4. Raising Films Australia will also assist participants with introductions to screen funding bodies.
  5. Raising Films will organise an additional 2-hour on-line group workshop with an industry leader.
  6. Support Act Wellbeing Hotline is a free counselling service available to all Australian creative practitioners – 1800 959 100.
  7. Free Regional Associate Membership for Screenworks.
  8. Free membership to WIFT Australia.

Monica Davidson, Director and Doyenne, Creative Plus Business says, “After the disruption of 2020 it’s even more important for filmmakers to get clear on what they want, how to get there, and learn tips for managing their time and priorities so they can focus on what’s really important to them and their careers.”

Ken Crouch, CEO, Screenworks says, “Every day we see the challenges and barriers being faced by regional people, especially parents and carers, who don’t have access to the services that are available to people in the city, and they are often isolated geographically and have fewer opportunities to access income and financial support. That’s why Screenworks is delighted to support the Making It Possible Program again this year and look forward to supporting the regional people who participate in this year’s online program.”

The two-day workshop will be held online via Zoom on 22 and 23 April 2021. Expressions of interests to take up one of the 12 places in the April workshop are now open to Regional NSW based screen industry practitioners, aged over 18, and have had a demonstrated “time out” from or had their career impacted due to the consequence of parenting or caring responsibilities. The Making It Possible workshop is open to all parents and carers, regardless of gender and includes non-binary carers.

Raising Films Australia is based on a UK model that is dedicated to supporting and advocating for parents and carers in the screen industry and the “Making It Possible” Program is based on Raising Films UK’s course held in 2017.

Applications close on Sunday 28 March 2021. Application form and further information is available at:

www.wiftaustralia.org.au/makingitpossible

Image Caption: Making it Possible Participants with Monica Davidson – Parramatta 2020
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