About Us

Dame Changer is an Australian women’s network that provides opportunities for networking, training and personal development. We, the Dame Changers, 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.

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.

Cost: $120 p/a

Membership renews each year on International Women’s Day, March 8.

Benefits of Membership

  • Information, access and professional advice about industry-related gender issues

  • Mentoring, networking and training opportunities

  • Eligibility to the scholarship program

  • 55% discount on masterclasses

  • Discount membership of industry guilds


  • You must be a woman working professionally in the Australian or international screen industry

  • You have been professionally active in the Australian or international screen industry for 10+ years, and, if you are a content generator, have participated meaningfully in any long form genre, on any platform

  • You must have 4 significant credits in whatever is your nominated expertise, on commercially released projects

Become a Member

Invite only.

You can request an invite to become a Dame.

Membership is subject to the eligibility requirements set out above.

We strongly believe that diversity contributes to our broader collective experience. We are working hard to increase the diversity in our teams and membership wherever we can. We actively encourage all women, including women with disability to apply for our programs and membership.

I'm a Screen Tank alumniI'm a Dame Changer mentorI've participated as a speaker at an event

Photo Credits:

slide 1: Jen Peedom (director) on the set of Sherpa, photo courtesy of Bridget Ikin
slide 2: Bethany Bruce (producer) and Liz Cooper (director) on the set of Wolf, photo courtesy of Bethany Bruce
slide 3: Bridget Ikin (producer) with Alison Maclean (director) in wheelbarrow circa 1982, photo courtesy of Bridget Ikin
Lottie Lyell Scholarship: Lottie Lyell (writer, director, producer, editor, actor) on set of [movie], photo courtesy of [who]

Building resilient, sustainable and successful careers for
women in the screen industry