Strengthening skills

In 2015/16 Film Victoria facilitated 18 professional placements and attachments in a range of key creative and technical roles across the film, television and games sectors, providing Victorian practitioners with significant hands-on skills development opportunities, such as the two highlighted below.

Building on his successful career in the Australian film industry as an actor and writer Tony Briggs was supported to undertake a directors’ placement with Essential Media on the Jack Irish series. Tony shadowed director Mark Joffe and was involved in script discussions, rehearsals, scene direction and the editing process.

Jessica Leslie commenced a 12 month creative producing placement with Princess Pictures in Melbourne which will see her expand her skills and enable her to become a credited producer.

Film Victoria’s Professional Attachment Scheme, administered by Open Channel, requires producers receiving investment funding of $150,000 or more to support a professional attachment on their production. These on the job training opportunities help meet the growing demand for skilled practitioners across a range of disciplines.

While women comprise around half of audiences, they are under represented across Australia’s screen industries, particularly in key creative roles. The Film Victoria-Natalie Miller Fellowship Women in Leadership Development Initiative takes a long term approach to this gender imbalance by focusing on advancing women’s careers and leadership opportunities in the film and television sectors.

Five recipients received support to build their business expertise and leadership skills through international placements, formal training and mentorships:

  • Britt Arthur, Australian International Documentary Conference CEO
  • Philippa Campey, Film Camp producer and founder
  • Rachel Davis, children’s television specialist
  • Gabrielle Oldaker, film marketer
  • Leanne Tonkes, producer.