About Dame Changer
Dame Changer is an Australian professional women’s collective, providing opportunities in training and networking for women in the screen industry. We are actively building awareness of gender bias and aim to break down the barriers to career growth being experienced by mid-career screen industry women.
Dame Changer represents key screen business, creative and technical practitioners from across the board – from development to distribution.
Anni Browning and Rolf de Heer on location
“There is a saying that women hold up half the sky. Well Dame Changer is here to help with the heavy lifting so that can become a reality in the film, tv and screen world.”
Managing Director, Film Finances Australasia
A diverse and inclusive Australian screen industry, thriving through collaboration and solidarity. By building upon the strength and experience of professional women, actively supporting and sustaining their screen careers and into leadership roles, we see the potential for women in the screen industry to become leaders of social change beyond the screen.
To create an equitable screen industry by empowering experienced, mid-career women through the acceleration of their long format screen projects to completion.
Dame Changer seeks to build resilient, sustainable and successful careers for women through our expansive and strategic network. Our program provides creative capital, skill building, mentoring, industry access and advocacy.
To champion organisations and companies seeking to achieve gender parity – On and beyond the screen – Through the integration of diversity and inclusion in their corporate policy and performance.
To call on all sections of the screen industry to make clear their commitment to achieving gender equality in:
- on-screen representation;
- themes and narratives;
- project leadership and creative practitioners;
- industry access and opportunities; and
- opportunities for diversity in audience development.
Margaret Pomeranz AM
Margaret Pomeranz AM presented The Movie Show on SBS and subsequently At The Movies on the ABC for twenty eight years. She is past President of Watch on Censorship, and of the Film Critics Circle of Australia. She is patron of the Adelaide Film Festival and of the Human Right’s Film Festival.
“I am absolutely delighted to be part of Dame Changer. I’ve been a great believer in the talents of women for many many decades now and this initiative to promote their careers in the film and television industry is exciting, hopefully producing a dynamic shift in the status quo.”
Dame Changer offers programs designed to accelerate female-led projects to market and develop sustainable careers for women in the screen industry. Learn more about the Dame Changer Programs.
Dame Changer members include women writers, directors, producers, directors of photography, production designers, editors, composers and other creative heads of department, as well as from the finance, acquisition, legal and accounting, sales and distribution, marketing and other business sectors.
Membership is by invitation only.