Congratulations Anna!

Anna Kaplan awarded Natalie Miller Fellowship

Producer Anna Kaplan, known for her work leading social impact campaigns on documentaries such as 2040, The Hunting Ground and That Sugar Film, has been awarded this year’s Natalie Miller Fellowship.

Kaplan, whose career is spanned development, production, distribution and outreach, is a two-time AACTA nominee and has previously been awarded Film Victoria’s Women in Leadership Development Fellowship.

President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship Sue Maslin AO said: “Anna Kaplan has an extensive background in using film and storytelling to ignite change. She is a respected leader in the field of impact producing and has an ambitious vision to mobilise the Australian screen industry to embrace more sustainable environmental practices. We are delighted to award the 2020 Natalie Miller Fellowship to Anna. ”

The Natalie Miller Fellowship is open to all women working in the Australian screen industry, and offers up to $20,000 for a professional development program that will deliver significant benefits to the applicant and the wider Australian screen community.

Kaplan was presented the award this evening at the Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC).

Upon receiving the grant Kaplan said: “I am so honoured to be the recipient of this year’s Natalie Miller Fellowship. Natalie Miller is a trailblazing, inspirational female leader who has made an indelible mark on the Australian screen industry landscape, so it’s incredibly humbling to be associated with her legacy in this way. It’s also a huge privilege to be joining such an impressive cohort of previous recipients. The Fellowship will provide me with a game-changing platform to deepen my specialist knowledge, hone my leadership skills and activate my agency to catalyse positive outcomes for the local screen industry.”

Previous recipients of the fellowship include Rachel Okine (vice president of acquisitions STX international), Harriet Pike (head of production & development, WildBear Entertainment), Rebecca Hammond (post production manager, Beyond Productions), Courtney Botfield (film distribution and marketing consultant/producer), Sasha Close (film programming manager, Wallis Cinemas); Kristy Matheson (director, film programs ACMI) and Miriam Katsambis (legal counsel, Entertainment One).

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Hello London!

We are extremely excited to announce that this year’s Into Film Festival will open across the UK on 6 November 2019 with 40 simultaneous pupil premieres of award-winning climate change documentary 2040 ahead of its UK release

Cited as the first film aimed at young audiences to offer a hopeful response to youth ‘eco-anxiety’, 2040 looks to a future two decades ahead, where it has been possible to galvanise a global movement to invest in regenerative solutions that improve the wellbeing of the planet. Positive, practical and informative, the 2040 launch events, screening as part of the Festival’s ‘Natural World’ strand, will be supported by special celebrity guests and a UK network of Greenpeace speakers.

Damon Gameau’s upbeat documentary predicts our best selves saving the planet.THE GUARDIAN REVIEW OF ‘2040’

Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.

Ed Fuller, campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said: “We’re delighted that our Greenpeace volunteers will be presenting to young audiences across the UK, where they’ll be talking about the need to protect the environment, the climate emergency we’re facing and what can be done to help. This is a great opportunity to reach the next generation of climate campaigners and activists.”

This year’s Into Film Festival will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and with Unicef UK we are encouraging children and young people to celebrate this landmark moment and stand up for their rights and be inspired by young people in films and on screen making a difference. 

As part of the pupil premieres, young audiences will be encouraged to take part in the #WhatsYour2040 campaign, creating their vision for a sustainable future.

Anna Kettley, Director of Programmes at Unicef UK said: “We are really pleased that this year the Into Film Festival will be joining us to celebrate 30 years of children’s rights. The Convention forms the basis of all Unicef’s work both in the UK and overseas and at its heart it is a simple promise to every child, that they are entitled to the best possible start in life. That’s why we need to talk about children’s rights, why that promise to all children matters and why we’re asking everyone to celebrate 30 years of children’s rights.”

The 2019 Into Film Festival will take place 6-22 November. Priority bookings go live on 4 September for those with an Into Film Club, while general bookings go live on 5 September.INTO FILM FESTIVALThe Into Film Festival is a free, annual, UK-wide celebration of film & education for 5-19 year olds.

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