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3 Feb 2020

Stalling filming




3 Feb 2020

SAE Creative Media Institute graduates and Co-Founders of Taival films, Heidi Ylä-Ajos, Melisa Visca and Chris Michael believes the film industry has a representation problem. 

Determined to do something about it, the Taival colleagues, who all met while they were studying at SAE in Melbourne founded the Future Creatives Initiative in partnership with Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF). 

With the aim to give back to the film community, and provide an equal opportunity platform, the Future Creatives Initiative launched at MWFF 2019 where female scriptwriters pitched their ideas to an industry panel and three finalists were chosen. 

After a two month mentorship program, Nik James was selected as the recipient of the 'Emerging Screenwriter Award 2019' and her script Stalling went into production with Taival films.

Heidi Ylä-Ajos says that they had an amazing response to the crew call out and received over 100 applications, with some of these from current and graduated SAE students.

Stalling will officially premiere at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival in February 2020.

Excitingly, the Future Creatives Initiative team also have plans to launch a second iteration of their mentorship program this time calling out for aspiring female cinematographers. This is an important measure as currently less than 2% of working cinematographers are female, when comparing the top 100 grossing films.

“We have had so much interest and positive feedback I think we can confidently call the first year of Future Creatives Initiative a success and validates the importance of the program. It turned out better than we ever expected, we can’t wait to see what the second iteration produces,” Heidi says.

With the team committed to the vision of raising the profiles of females in the industry, Heidi believes in the strong impact that the Initiative can have. “We hope to discover untapped potential and talent. It is important to me as a female in the industry that we support other women so they too have a chance to get a foot in the door. ”

SAE Institute is an official sponsor of Melbourne Women in Film Festival.

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