Miriam Katsambis (pictured), legal counsel at Entertainment One, has been awarded the Natalie Miller Fellowship for 2018.
Established in 2011 to recognise the contribution of screen industry pioneer Natalie Miller, the Fellowship is open to all women working in the Australian screen industry and aims to provide financial assistance to pursue professional development in their fields through attachments, internships, secondments, travel and other means in order to reach their full leadership potential.
This year’s recipient, Miriam Katsambis, has extensive experience in the Australian screen industry, having worked for over 12 years in various legal, advocacy and policy development roles across state and federal government screen agencies, guilds and industry bodies, and most recently as Legal Counsel at Entertainment One Films Australia, the Australian/New Zealand subsidiary of Entertainment One.
The Fellowship is the only grant of its kind in the country 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. Earlier this year, Village Roadshow came on board as a co-sponsor, which sees the global entertainment company provide $50,000 over five years to support the Fellowship.
Since 2012, six other Fellowships have been awarded to 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) and Kristy Matheson (Director, Film Programs ACMI).