Previous Natalie Miller Fellowship recipients Courtney Botfield, Rebecca Hammond and Sasha Close.

Applications for the $20,000 Natalie Miller Fellowship (NMF) grant, designed to support female leaders in the screen industry, are now open.

The grant supports one woman per year to undertake professional development through attachments, internships, secondments and the like. Last year’s recipient was ACMI’s acting head of film Kristy Matheson, who used it to fund a research proposal into how internationally renowned film institutions are responding to digital disruption and ‘future proofing’ their business models.

The grant is open to women working in any sector of the industry. Other recipients have included Rachel Okine, STX International vice president of acquisitions; Harriet Pike, Wildbear Entertainment head of production & development; Rebecca Hammond, Deluxe Australia head of localisation & access services; Courtney Botfield, Goodship director and Sasha Close, Wallis Cinemas film programming manager.

“If the growing momentum towards greater diversity in the Australian screen industry is to have any lasting effect, women must have more seats at the table when it comes to green-lighting and programming screen content,” said NMF president Sue Maslin.

“International evidence has repeatedly shown that this will not only lead to a healthier and more vibrant culture, but is also better for the bottom line.”

The fellowship is funded by donations to the NMF Endowment Fund and sponsors, including Film Victoria, Andyinc and the Myer Foundation. This year’s major sponsor will be announced at the Australian International Movie Convention in July.

Applications close 5pm August 20. Apply here.

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