Making a Film on a Micro-budget
SENIOR DEVELOPMENT/INVESTMENT MANAGER - FILM VICTORIA
Cathy Rodda is Senior Development and Investment Manager at Film Victoria where she liaises with and advises producers on the agency's programs including development, assigned production investment (API) and marketing low budget features. Cathy’s background is as a producer of narrative feature films and natural history documentaries. Her producing credits include the award winning Unfinished Sky (2008), cult sci-fi hit Iron Sky (2012) and more recently zombie western Bullets for the Dead (2015).
CO-FOUNDER, LEAN FILMMAKING
Kylie Eddy is the co-founder of Lean Filmmaking and a passionate advocate for alternative production and distribution models. Lean Filmmaking, an agile process created by Kylie and David Eddy, is a collaborative, iterative and audience-driven method for producing indie films. She has also written, directed and produced a micro-budget feature film that screened at festivals around the world before securing a US distribution deal. She has a B.A. in Media Studies and post-graduate diploma in Screenwriting from RMIT. Kylie’s worked at Walt Disney Studios, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Melbourne Festival, Online Video Awards and is currently the marketing & development manager at Melbourne Writers Festival.
NATALIE ERIKA JAMES
Natalie Erika James is a Japanese-Australian writer, director, and producer, born in the USA and based in Melbourne. Her 2016 short, Creswick, premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and has gone on to screen at 40+ festivals and recently awarded a 2017 AWGIE Award for Best Short Form screenplay. She is in development on feature projects Relic and Drum Wave, both supported through Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Program and Hotshots Plus. Natalie also directs commercials and music videos through Melbourne production company, Fiction (fiction.net.au). She has previously won Australian Music Video of the Year at the 2015 Triple J Awards for directing the music video "Mine" by artist Life is Better Blonde.
Sophie is the Festival Director of For Film's Sake, Australia's longest running female film festival as well as the writer/director of Drama, the first Australian produced feature to work with a self-selected gender quota across all departments. In 2017, Sophie was awarded a Churchill Fellowship as well as being named one of Westpac's '200 Women who will change the World'.
DR. GRADY HANCOCK
LECTURER, DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
Dr Grady Hancock is a lecturer in Screen and Design at Deakin University, Melbourne. Her research interests include Australian film and female filmmakers, science fiction and affect, and feminism in all film forms. Grady has been chair of RevCon Academic, the conference arm of Perth Revelation Film Festival, for the past three years. Her monograph Re-Visions: Australian Social Realist Film Through a Feminine Lens will be published later this year.