Natalie Miller Fellowship: Catalyst Grants recipients

$5,000 grants awarded to further five film & television careers.

L to R: Felicity Wilkinson, Karina Libbey, Kim Munro, Lee-Ann Woon, Marisa Marsionis.

The Natalie Miller Fellowship has announced five recipients of its inaugural NMF Catalyst Grants.

Karina Libbey, Marisa Marsionis, Kim Munro, Felicity Wilkinson and Lee-Ann Woon each receieve $5,000 towards fulfilling their leadership ambitions in the industry.

The new grants were open to female / female-identifying applicants with at least three years’ professional experience in the Australian screen industry and were supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1 and NMF’s generous Catalyst Campaign donors.

NMF President Sasha Close said: “From a diverse and impressive range of applicants, the inaugural Catalyst grants have been awarded to five women working in various sectors of the Australian screen industry, from exhibition and distribution to sound post-production and education, and at varying career stages. The Natalie Miller Fellowship is thrilled to be able to support the leadership development of these women via this new grant stream. The proposals each of the five recipients will undertake over the next 12 months are individual, inspiring and uniquely tailored to developing their skill set, leadership aspirations and goals. Congratulations.”

Libbey is a screen culture specialist, having worked in the film industry for over 15 years. An experienced film and events programmer, her passion lies in creating an inclusive, active, and welcoming screen culture. Her previous roles include Public Engagement Manager at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Travelling Film Festival Manager for Sydney Film Festival and Festival Manager at The Festivalists. She currently works as a freelance consultant while completing a Master of Arts: Screen Business at AFTRS and has extensive representation across many industry bodies including serving as a member of the Independent Cinemas Australia Associate and AACTA.

Marsionis is a sound editor based in Sydney, with work spanning features, TV, short films, TVCs and podcasts. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music and Sound Design from UTS, she quickly gained an internship as an assistant sound editor, falling in love with the screen industry. Marsionis was then hired as a junior sound designer at Wildbear Entertainment, working on projects such as And We Danced, a documentary series on The Australian Ballet; and Jurassic World by Brickman, an immersive Lego exhibition co-produced with Universal Studios. In 2021, she moved back to Sydney and went freelance with a focus on long-form drama. Recent projects include Three Thousand Years of Longing, Wolf Like Me and Elvis.

Munro is a documentary maker, organiser, researcher, and educator whose work exploring how expanded practices, experimental forms, and emerging technologies intersect with social, cultural, and environmental issues has been published and screened on ABC as well as at local and international galleries and festivals. She most recently co-edited the collection of documentary essays, Constructions of the Real: Intersections of Documentary-based Film Practice and Theory (Intellect, 2023). Kim was the conference programmer for the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) for the 2020 and 2021 events and is also a lecturer at the University of South Australia.

Woon is an award-winning strategic marketing professional with a passion for film that has led her around the world to leading independent film distributors eOne Canada, StudioCanal UK and Madman Entertainment. From blockbuster franchises to Oscar winners, documentaries to family films, Lee-Ann has a track record in delivering innovative and creative campaigns across a diverse range of audiences and budgets. Career highlights include Hunt for the Wilderpeople (highest grossing NZ film of all time in Australia and NZ), winning UK Music Marketing Initiative of the year for Searching for Sugar Man, orchestrating a meet up with Celine Dion and the stars of The Breaker Upperers and the AACTA-award winning documentary, The Australian Dream.


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