SXSW Sydney: Promoting Inclusivity in Film and Television Production

In the ever-evolving landscape of the film and television industry, inclusivity and diversity have become more than just buzzwords; they are the pillars upon which creative excellence thrives. With this ethos in mind, SXSW Sydney brings you an enlightening session from October 15 to 22.

For those who aspire to create content that resonates with a broad and varied audience, understanding how to assemble a production team that reflects the world we live in is paramount. Many, however, find themselves at a loss when it comes to practical steps and overcoming obstacles. This session, made possible through the collaboration with Women In Film and Television (WIFT) and their global network, intends to shed light on this vital aspect of the industry.

Breaking Down Barriers

The heart of this session lies in its commitment to breaking down barriers and assessing the approach to crewing productions. Oakley Kwon, an award-winning actor, policy maker, and film producer, as well as the head of Loom Films and a prominent figure on the boards of WIFT Australia, Asian Food and Film, and the QLD Community Television Association Inc., will lead the discussion as the moderator.

Joining Kwon are three leading industry experts, each with an impressive track record in sourcing and running inclusive sets:

Andria Wilson Mirza: As the Director of ReFrame, a gender equity coalition founded and led by Sundance Institute and Women In Film, she brings a wealth of knowledge on the subject. ReFrame has been instrumental in promoting gender equity in the screen industry and is an influential advocate for diversity.

Kirsty Stark: AACTA, Rose d’Or, and Emmy award-winning television and feature film producer, Kirsty Stark, boasts an Emmy award for the children’s series “First Day” and extensive experience in championing inclusive storytelling. Her work speaks volumes about her commitment to diversity in the industry.

Kristen Hodges: With over 60 hours of television and feature films under her belt, Kristen Hodges is a Screen Australia executive and producer with a deep understanding of what it takes to create premium content. Her experience spans both Australian and US markets, emphasizing the importance of diversity on a global scale.

Tackling Obstacles and Sharing Resources

The panel will delve into the obstacles that screen practitioners face when crewing for diversity. By drawing from their wealth of experience and insights, they will provide practical solutions and share valuable resources to support those looking to make their productions as inclusive as possible. From casting to crewing, this session aims to equip attendees with the knowledge and tools to drive positive change in the industry.

Networking Opportunity

Following the panel discussion, WIFT will host a one-hour networking event, offering attendees a chance to connect with like-minded individuals and industry professionals. Networking is a vital component of forging meaningful collaborations and advancing the cause of inclusivity in film and television.

Event Details

Date and Time: Friday, October 20, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Theatrette – Powerhouse Museum
In a world where storytelling has the power to shape perspectives and challenge societal norms, it is essential that our production teams reflect the rich tapestry of humanity. SXSW Sydney’s session on promoting inclusivity in film and television production is an opportunity to learn from the best in the industry and be part of the movement toward a more diverse and representative future.

Don’t miss out on this chance to be a catalyst for change in the entertainment world. Join us at SXSW Sydney and be a part of the conversation that matters.

For more information and tickets, visit SXSW Sydney’s official website via this link: SXSW 2023