Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

SCREEN: Making It Possible online course

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NOW CLOSED.  Applications close 6 April.  Online course. For parents or carers in the screen industry who’s career has been impacted due to caring and parenting responsibilities, Making It Possible will give you the tools to crack that, what seems to be elusive, work/life balance.

Regional NSW – Making It Possible Program

Course Date, Time and Venue:

  • 22 and 23 April 2021

  • 10.00am – 3.30pm each day

  • Online via Zoom

WIFT Australia presents via the Raising Films Australia’s initiative, the “Making It Possible” Program. The program is a free two-day workshop with follow-up mentorship, to be held online via Zoom for screen practitioners living in Regional NSW.

The “Making It Possible” Program is specifically designed to address the needs of parents and carers who are returning to work after a career break or who are working alongside caring responsibilities but feel stuck and unable to move forward towards their goals – whether that be a promotion, moving up a level in responsibility on set or starting their own projects. It will provide a holistic approach to personal, career and creative advice, mentorship and education while providing access to a free crèche and counselling during the course.

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.

There are considerable barriers for parents and carers’ participation in the Australian screen industry. Work opportunities for those in the screen industry are highly competitive, with many available work opportunities being snapped up by those who are flexible in their availability, willing to relocate for work and who have current industry experience and connections.

Evidence indicates that women overwhelmingly take on the caring responsibilities for children and other family members. This impacts women’s economic opportunity and advancement including within the screen industry. Ultimately, this disempowers women in the sector and perpetuates a lack of women on screen and in female-centric stories being told in our culture.  This is something WIFT Australia and Raising Films Australia is passionately trying to shift, however the Making It Possible workshops are open to ALL parents and carers, regardless of gender and includes non-binary carers.

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