Senior film programmer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Kristy Matheson, has won the 2017 Natalie Miller Fellowship today at the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast.
Since 2011, the Fellowship has bestowed an annual grant of up to $20,000 to a woman in the Australian screen industry who has demonstrated “initiative, entrepreneurship and excellence” as part of a remit to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the field.
With a background in independent film, MAtheson has worked at the Brisbane Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival, served on film festival juries, pre-selection committees and industry peer assessment panels, and been published in Senses of Cinema. She joins previous recipients Rachel Okine (Vice President, International Production and Acquisitions at StudioCanal in Paris); Harriet Pike (Head of Production & Development, WildBear Entertainment), Rebecca Hammond (Head of Localisation & Access Service, Deluxe Australia), Courtney Botfield (Director, Goodship) and Sasha Close (Film Programming Manager, Wallis Cinemas).
Of her plans for the grant, Matheson said, “I plan to investigate how internationally renowned film institutions are responding to the technological disruption to their core business and market share in my study, Beyond Streaming: Reinvention and Innovation in Cinema Exhibition.
“Technological advances are significantly impacting film production, distribution and audience engagement, and it’s critical to identify positive ways to respond to these changes so that film museums and the exhibition sector remains commercially and culturally relevant.
“My study will examine how leading organisations are future-proofing their business models and resources to adapt to a highly connected audience that demands curatorial control, immediacy and community. It will provide ACMI and the local screen industry with globally-sourced key findings, and, importantly, foster a crucial dialogue between Australian exhibitors on how we can effectively engage audiences, support our local filmmaking industry and expertly identify and leverage partnerships.”