The Australian Film Commission Women's Program has announced the latest recipients in the Film Technicians Scheme and the New Imaging Technologies Support Scheme.
The Film Technicians Scheme was developed by the Women's Program because of the under-representation of women in the technical areas of filmmaking. The scheme supports women already working in technical positions, at mid-career level, who are trying to make the step from assistant positions to senior creative roles or from low-budget production to feature films. Successful applicants are drawn from the technical areas of filmmaking; sound, cinematography and editing.
The four women supported in the current round are: sound editor Jane Patterson, cinematographer Erika Addis, cinematographer Anna Howard and editor Maria Kaltenhaler.
The Film Technicians Scheme has been modified recently to allow film technicians to apply at any time throughout the year.
The New Imaging Technologies Support Scheme allows for one-off grants to enable women working in the area of new imaging technologies to upgrade their skills. The scheme targets women filmmakers who wish to transfer their skills to multimedia production.
The eight women supported are Jen McCarthy, Margaret Dodd, Wendy Spencer, Fran Dyson, Belinda Knell, Kathryn Brown, Penny Robenstone Harris, Trace Balla.
The successful applicants come from Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.