From L to R: Zoe Rae, Tonya McCornell, Danae Grandison, Sara Gajic, Katherine Tolentino, Stef Dawson, Stephanie Stender, and Jess Robinson

The Australian International Screen Forum's Women in Screen Workshop is an industry-focused lab for emerging female filmmakers who are based in New York and looking to move to the next tier of their career. The lab seeks to create a space for female filmmakers to discuss industry hurdles and challenges that they face and how resourceful solutions can be put forward to create opportunity and change for their careers. The lab provides seminars on access to funding in the United States, audience strategies, negotiating pay and work placements, networking in the U.S., pitching projects and mentorships, all led by women, and is held at the offices of Australian Consulate-General in New York and Ace Content. 


Our 2019 industry advisors included: 

Meggie Palmer (PepTalkHer founder and award winning journalist)

Jamie Zelermyer (Producer of IFP week, President of NYWIFT)

Sara Gajic (CEO, Revingstone Street Films)

Jess Mills (Director, Content Marketing at Breaker) 

Nicole Schilder (Director of Marketing, Magnolia Pictures)

Olivia Mayberry (Development Producer, ACE Content)

Victoria Hill (Executive Producer, Fibonacci Films)

Tina Brown (Writer, Director United Skates, Sweet Ninja Films)

Kathryn O’Kane (Director, Producer at BusyK, Showrunner of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat)

Laura Luckenbaugh (Manager of International Programming, AMC)

Rita Walsh (Producer, I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story, Buoyancy, The Assistant)

Nadia Saccardo (Creative Director at R/GA)

Eight talented filmmakers were selected to participate in the lab, including writers, directors, and producers whose work spans narrative, documentary, commercial and unscripted projects.


Zoe Rae

Writer, Director

Jess Robinson

Writer, Director

Katherine Tolentino

Director, Producer

Tonya McCornell

Writer, Director

Stef Dawson

Actor, Writer, Producer

Carrie Anderson


Danae Grandison

Writer, Director

Stephanie Stender

Writer, Director, Producer


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