Women in Film and Television to launch safer workplace industry forum

A national online forum to promote safer workplace and work towards ending sexual harassment in the Australian screen sector will be launched this week, the Women in Film & Television group has announced.

WIFT, which was recently forced to apologise for a survey on sexual harassment billed as looking for the Australia’s Harvey Weinstein, will be holding the Safer Workplace Strategies forum on Tuesday at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney.

The free, half day event will also live satellite venues in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Hobart as well as being streamed online.

Event sessions will examine sexual harassment and assault as well as broader bullying and intimidation within the context of the film and television industry.

Partners in the event include Screen Australia, Create NSW, Foxtel, Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network, Screen Producers Australia, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA).


Megan Riakos, President of WIFT NSW said: “WIFT NSW has been overwhelmed by the support from key industry partners. It is a reflection of the seriousness of the issue that our industry has come together so quickly and with such passion to put this forum on. This is a tipping point for the sector and WIFT NSW is proud to be leading this reform and cultural change”.

The event is free, however seating at the Sydney and satellite venues is on a ‘first come, first served basis,” the organisers stated.



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