Social media has a habit of recycling old news as if it were new news, so little surprise that SheDoc, the joint initiative between Screen NSW and the Documentary Australia Foundation, has appeared on news feeds just as its applications deadline of March 1st looms.
SheDoc was launched in November 2016 and is a joint initiative of Documentary Australia Foundation and Screen NSW with the support of Røde Microphones.
This initiative is not before its time, given I have witnessed and experienced discrimination for being the wrong person from the wrong side of the tracks for decades now. With luck, female documentary moviemakers who have been unable to break through the glass ceiling may begin to start seeing some cracks appear.
SheDoc’s aim is to give 4 grants per year to:
- Encourage new voices.
- Enable skills to be consolidated or developed.
- Assist projects to be kickstarted.
- Assist in building strategic audience engagement strategies.
- Documentary Australia Foundation – [Apply to] SheDoc
- Documentary Australia Foundation – SheDoc, supporting women documentary filmmakers
- Røde Microphones
Header image concept and design by Carmel D. Morris.
Congratulations to Fujifilm for adding six videos featuring female photographers using the newly announced Fujifilm GFX 50S, Fujifilm X100F and Fujifilm X-T20 cameras.
Gender inequality and female invisibility otherwise continue to be rife within all aspects of the photographic and movie industries and one of the most important ways of combatting this is with female visibility.
As the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media says in its excellent motto, “If she can see it, she can be it.”
By extension, if females see other females shooting photographs and making movies, then we may well assume that we, too, stand a chance of doing it ourselves, of making it in the creative and media industries, and even of being featured in industry PR and advertising campaigns as Fujifilm has done.
Take a look at the low percentage of female photographers featured as photography and movie industry brand ambassadors and the many articles written about gender inequality in the movie industry in particular.
It can be just as mediocre in photography and the other media and creative industries.
This tendency must be reversed with conscious efforts by industry manufacturers as well as employers and clients.
Thank you, Fujifilm, for recently adding six women to your GFX Challenges, X100F and X-T20 video series. More, please, and please add more women to your X-Photographers ranks, especially in Australia.
The Six Videos:
Fuji Guys Channel –Karen Hutton and the X-T20 in California (USA)
Fuji Guys Channel – Valerie Jardin and the X100F in Minneapolis (USA)
FUJIFILMglobal – GFX challenges with Claire Rosen / FUJIFILM
FUJIFILMglobal – X-T20: Elke Vogelsang x Dogs / FUJIFILM
FUJIFILMglobal – X-T20: Saraya Cortaville x Portrait/ FUJIFILM
FUJIFILMglobal – GFX challenges with Victoria Wright/ FUJIFILM
Header aka featured image created for this website in Photoshop by Carmel D. Morris. Product photographs courtesy of Fujifilm.