News & Upcoming Events
WIFT WA is involved with and organises a number of programs, events and initiatives throughout the year for members.
Stay tuned as we announce our new programs over the coming months.
INTIMACY ON SET - FREE WORKSHOP
WIFT WA with support from Screenwest are pleased to present a free workshop for WIFT WA and Friend of WIFT WA Members.
HOW TO PREPARE SAFELY FOR INTIMATE SCENES
How do you navigate intimate and sexual scenes in film and television shoots serving the directors vision while keeping the actors safe?
Following the recent changes to the Screen Australia code of conduct and the continued development of the #metoo movement, preventing sexual harassment and providing safe work environments is essential on film and television shoots.
WIFT WA co-founder, casting director and acting coach Annie Murtagh-Monks (Last Train to Freo, Drift, The Heights) recently received training in Perth and London from UK Intimacy Coordinator Ita O’Brien. New On-Set Intimacy Guidelines have been developed by Ita O’Brien in consultation with other Intimacy Coordinators and are being adopted by production companies in the UK, Australia and the USA. Read more about Ita O’Brien’s expertise:
With 25 years experience as an acting coach & casting director, Annie Murtagh-Monks has now trained as an intimacy co-ordinator and has generously offered to run a free workshop for WIFT members on ways to implement these guidelines and will demonstrate how you can use a simple effective process to rehearse any intimate scene.
During this workshop participants will learn ways to assist actors perform an intimate scene through a process of establishing consensus and agreement on nudity, touching, what intimacy coverings might be required and how to choreograph an intimate scene to effectively bring the vision of the director to the scene. It results in repeatable scenes where actors feel safe and comfortable in creating what looks passionate and powerful without the actor feeling in any way violated. Filming scenes where cast need to kiss or simulate sex can be challenging for directors, actors and crew alike. This three hour workshop will benefit producers, directors, and actors and offer clarity in ways to provide a supportive and creative on-set environment.
WHEN – Saturday APRIL 13th at 1-4pm
WHERE – Screenwest, Fielder St, East Perth
WHO -This workshop is for WIFT WA Full Members and Friends of WIFT WA
NUMBERS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED SO RESERVE YOUR FREE PLACE NOW VIA THE TRY BOOKING LINK.
Not a member? Sign up today
MARCH 8 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
SUNDOWNER EVENT AND SPECIAL SCREENING
To celebrate March 8th International Women's Day 2019. WIFT WA in association with Luna Palace Cinemas and Madman Entertainment will host a sundowner event to present the WIFT WA strategic plan, followed by a special FREE advanced screening of highly anticipated film 'DESTROYER' for WIFT WA members.
All WIFT WA members are invited to attend this free screening and event, and members are encouraged to bring a friend who is not already a member.
**Please note that seats are strictly limited and RSVP is essential. This is events is reserved for Full Members + 1 guest. 2 x Tickets are limited per WIFT WA member.**
Not a member?
Friday March 8th 2019
Luna Leederville Courtyard, 155 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007
5:30pmfor drinks and nibbles in the courtyard (new Luna Leederville section)
6:30pm Film 'Destroyer' starts
Cash Bar. Nibbles provided.
When a fresh case exposes history from a former investigation, LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) is forced to face her demons, in this genre-defining work from Karyn Kusama (Æon Flux). As a young detective, Erin and her partner Chris (Sebastian Stan) were placed undercover in the California desert to infiltrate a notorious criminal gang, controlled by their dangerously unstable leader Silas (Toby Kebbell), but the operation ends in tragedy. Years later, struggling to maintain a relationship with her daughter and still haunted by her past, she embarks on a mission for redemption and closure when it appears Silas has re-emerged.
DESTROYER opens in Australian Cinemas on 21 March courtesy of Madman Entertainment.
Trailer link -
CALL FOR CONTENT
YAGAN SQUARE DIGITAL TOWER
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY MARCH 8 SUBMISSIONS
To celebrate Western Australian women working in screen on International Women’s Day, WIFT WA is pleased to invite members to submit content to be screened on March 8 across the Yagan Square Digital Tower.
We invite content 10 minutes or less, that is in the spirit of WIFT WA, including female stories or content that displays the talents of women who work in the WA screen sector.
Screening March 8 2019 on the YAGAN SQUARE DIGITAL TOWER
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS – Friday March 1st 2019.
Email a Youtube or Vimeo link to Bree Billington by Friday March 1st 2019.
In your email submission, please detail.
Respective WIFT WA Full Member Credits
Relevant Awards / Accolades
Submissions are open to all WIFT WA Full Members.
Content must meet the following criteria -
Female driven story OR at least two female key creatives (one of which must be a WIFT WA Full member) including, producer, director, DOP, writer, production designer, editor, costume designer or leading cast.
Meet the deliverables and content overview as detailed below.
Content must be 10 minutes or less.
We encourage short form content including short films, music videos, documentary, animation, motion graphics, experimental and static images including behind the scenes stills (please include photographer credit).
All submissions will be approved by Monday March 4th 2019 via email.
FINAL DELIVERABLES ON APPROVAL
1920 x 1080
24/25 fps is acceptable though preference is 30/60fps for smoother play
File size can’t exceed 2GB
We prefer AAC encoded audio. We also ask that all audio be mastered to -14LUFS Integrated (Loudness units according to EBU R128 Standard) and -2dB True Peak. 48Khz Sample rate and 16 or 24 Bit depth.
Content to include minimal text
Text size will be dependent on amount of text and design
* Note – Content will be pre-approved prior to screening. Please allow 2 business days for approval.
All content for Yagan Square Digital Tower must comply with the following guidelines:
Content must be suitable for screening in a public space to all members of the general public
Content to be delivered to the nearest minute
Content must meet the Yagan Square Civic and Cultural Charter.
The inclusion of logos/credits/external websites/social media accounts must have prior approval.
Content must not contain rapidly changing, flickering or flashing lights and altering images that
Content submitted must have all the required rights, permissions, licences and copyrights required by law to publicly exhibit.
Content will not be libellous, defamatory, obscene, sexually, racially, culturally, or ethnically offensive, harassing, intimidating, threatening, hateful, discriminatory or abusive. Content must not be political, religious or commercial in nature.
Content can not show road networks
Content can not include movement, colours or shapes that could be mistaken for traffic signals, signs or instruction signs
Off the back of the Raising Films survey report 'Honey, I Hid the Kids!': Experiences of Carers and Parents in the Australian Screen Industry', the forumidentified workable actions to address the needs of and issues faced by, parents and carers working in the Australian screen sector.
The forum was held at AFTRS and included keynote speaker writer and director Jocelyn Moorhouse.
Read Jocelyn Moorhouse's speech via IF Magazine.
If you missed the Screenwest locally hosted LIVE STREAM of the RaisingFilms Australia Screen Industry Forum - presented by Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Australia in December you can view live stream recorded via facebook below.
AIDC FOR EVERYONE
Attending AIDC 2019 and need someone to take care of the kids? AIDC is offering parents and carers with young children access to a mobile creche from Monday 4 March to Wednesday 6 March during the conference. All AIDC pass-holders are eligible to use the service.
Places are $40 per day, and can be booked through the AIDC registration site.
The creche is made possible thanks to the support of AACTA, ASDACS, WIFT, ACS, ASSG & ASE.
AIDC is giving working parents and carers the chance to make the most of the conference by providing access to a mobile crèche from Monday 4 March to Wednesday 6 March 2019. Located at Koorie Heritage Trust in Federation Square, the crèche is a minute’s walk to all of AIDC’s main activities. Places are limited, so reserve a spot today.
THE HEIGHTS PREMIERES
FEBRUARY 22nd 2019
Welcome to Arcadia Heights. Whether it’s the high-rise or the high life - where we live doesn’t define who we are. THE HEIGHTS is an all-new 1/2 hour serial drama that showcases the heart, humour and community of Australia.
Western Australian made drama series THE HEIGHTS will premiere on ABC TV this Friday - February 22nd (tonight) at 8:30pm, with the first 16 episodes available to binge straight after first broadcast.
THE HEIGHTS is produced by Matchbox Pictures (The Slap, Safe Harbour, Glitch), in association with For Pete's Sake Productions - a West Australian company helmed by WIFT member - Producer, Peta Astbury-Bulsara (The Marriage of Figaro, Almost Midnight). THE HEIGHTS included several first-time actors, writers and long-form drama directors and had an extensive skills training program – including providing valuable on-set intern experience to 41 students in their final year at a higher education institution. And what's more, the series was produced with gender parity across Heads of Department and also crew, which is something, producer Peta Astbury-Bulsara said, productions should all be striving for.
Keep up to date by visiting The Heights TV Facebook page.
RAISING FILMS AUSTRALIA SCREEN INDUSTRY FORUM
Perth satellite event LIVE STREAM:
presented by WIFT Australia and Screenwest
Screenwest is pleased to LIVE STREAM the Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Forum - presented by Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Australia - on Thursday 6 December at our East Perth office.
In response to the Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Survey report...Honey, I Hid the Kids: Experiences of parents and carers in the Australian Screen Industry, WIFT Australia is hosting an industry forum to identify workable actions to address the needs of and issues faced by, parents and carers working in the Australian screen sector.
The keynote address will be given by Writer, Director and Producer Jocelyn Moorhouse whose new memoir, Unconditonal Love: A Memoir of Filmmaking and Motherhood is due to be released in early 2019.
The forum will include the lead researchers of the report Prof. Deb Verhoeven and Dr Sheree Gregory as well as experts on workplace and industry matters, including Parents at Work. The day will be facilitated by Monica Davidson from Creative Plus Business.
Screenwest is Western Australia's screen funding and development organisation, committed to working in partnership with the screen industry to develop, support and promote film, television and digital media production in Western Australia.
WIFT is the peak advocacy body for Women in the screen industry in Australia with a specific aim: to achieve gender parity in the film industry through advocacy, education and support of female identifying filmmakers. Find out more about the local chapter WIFT WA www.wiftwa.org.au
READ MORE ABOUT THE PERTH LIVE STREAM
CLICK HERE TO SECURE YOUR FREE TICKET
WIFT WA & ANARCHY PR PARTNERSHIP
Women in Film and Television Western Australia is pleased to announce that Anarchy Public Relations will be partnering with us to grow and promote the organisation in 2019. Anarchy PR director, Adriana Begovich, has offered her services to assist us with marketing and publicity.
For members, this means opportunities for strategic communications and targeted media exposure will be investigated throughout 2019 with the aim of sharing the wonderful achievements of women in our local industry. For the organisation as a whole, this means we will be working with an industry professional to achieve our long and short term goals which you can read more about below.
About Anarchy PR
Adriana got her start in exhibition marketing as the Marketing Executive for Hoyts Cinemas WA/SA (2006-2008). She founded Anarchy PR in 2009 and her longstanding theatrical clients Madman Entertainment and Studiocanal Australia (formerly Hoyts Distribution) have been with the company since day one. Past and present film distribution clients include Palace Films, Umbrella Entertainment, Icon Distribution, Rialto Distribution and Pinnacle Films.
Anarchy PR also offers unit publicity services for locally shot productions and works with Palace Cinemas and Luna Palace Cinemas on the promotion of various foreign film festivals throughout the year. Outside of theatrical and unit publicity Anarchy PR represents two of Perth's biggest annual cultural events - Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe and the Perth Comedy Festival. 2019 marks 10 years of operation and Anarchy PR looks forward to working closely with WIFT WA to highlight the great work of women in our industry.
We are incredibly grateful for Adriana’s time, resources and expertise in assisting the organisation with these goals. We would also like to congratulate Anarchy PR on reaching the 10 year milestone and pleased to be working with Adriana for the year ahead.
We believe with this partnership, WIFT WA can reach and surpass all its potential.
YOU’RE INVITED TO:
We would like to invite our members and friends to join us in an end of year festive sundowner.
Thursday, December 20th
6pm - 9pm
The Oxford Hotel
368 Oxford St, Leederville
RSVP by Monday, December 17th
We encourage members to bring a friend and introduce them to our wonderful organisation.
WIFT WA in conjunction with WIFT Australia, is proud to announce that applications for MentorHer are now open.
MentorHer is a three-month program that facilitates mentorships between emerging, early career and more experienced practitioners. The initiative offers support and guidance to help further careers in all areas of the screen industry.
Applications close Sunday, 5 August 2018.
WIFT will match mentors and mentees nationally beginning with an initial meeting in September 2018. WIFT will notify mentors and mentees of pairings by Tuesday, 4 September.
Apply as a Mentee
To apply as a Mentee you must be a WIFT Australia or WIFT WA member.
You can become a WIFT WA member here.
Apply as a Mentor
WIFT WA encourages mentor applications from all genders and non-members.
25th August 2018: WIFT WA Q&A discussion panel.
Join Women in Film & Television Western Australia for this year's CinefestOZ forum “Surviving Screen” where industry panelists will share their insights into riding the highs and lows of the professional rollercoaster.
The forum will also address the short and long-term issues facing women working in the screen industry and will engage discussion from the audience.
Discounted tickets for WIFT WA Members of $10 + booking fees, see WIFT WA for your promotional code.
WIFT WA AGM: May 30, 2018
WIFT WA Special Screening Network Event: Apr 26, 2018
International Women's Day presented by MosArts: Mar 8, 2018
WIFT WA recommends Pursuing your passions series with Tania Chambers @ The Art Gallery of Western Australian: Jan 19, 2018
WIFT WA Special Screening Event: Nov 9, 2017
Cinefest OZ WIFT WA & ADG BREAKFAST: Aug 25, 2017
WIFT WA first official AGM: May 7, 2017
Cinefest OZ WIFT WA & ADG 7 FTI PANEL DISCUSSION: Aug 26, 2016 – Aug 27, 2016
WIFT WA meet & greet FRANCES O'CONNOR: Jan 1, 2016
Cinefest OZ WIFT WA Discussion Panel: Aug 28, 2015 – Aug 29, 2015