GARUWA Co-Creator, Genevieve Grieves, has received this year’s Natalie Miller Fellowship, an annual sum of $20,000 supporting a woman working in the Australian screen industry to pursue professional leadership.
Greives was announced as the recipient of the prestigious fellowship at last night’s Australian International Movie Convention Gala Dinner held at The Star on the Gold Coast.
A proud Worimi woman Grieves is the Co-Creator of First Nations storytelling agency GARUWA. She holds extensive experience as a filmmaker, artist and oral historian across numerous community-centred and award-winning film projects and museum experiences, including Lani’s Story (SBS) and Power to Country (ABC), and the “First Peoples” permanent exhibition at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum.
Her work has earned recognition from the United Nations of Australia Media Peace Awards, IF Awards and the State Library of Victoria’s Creative Fellowship. In collaboration with Doc Society, Greives recently delivered the inaugural First Nations Impact Lab.
“I’m deeply grateful and honoured to be awarded this year’s Natalie Miller Fellowship. I accept it with the knowledge that I’m following in the footsteps of a remarkable range of women who have made significant change in the screen sector. I’m excited to undertake research and further develop my ideas around co-creation and collaboration in film and television,” she said.
“This is a unique and timely opportunity to learn from global practitioners who are shifting our understanding of what best practice collaboration looks like. I’m eager to contribute what I learn towards a model that moves us beyond extractive storytelling and into the space of equity, justice and social change that our sector is urgently calling for.”
Natalie Miller Fellowship President, Sasha Close said: “The Natalie Miller Fellowship is thrilled to recognise and announce Genevieve Greives as the 2023 recipient. Genevieve has an impressive career of working in the screen sector, collaborating with community along with a dedication and passion for content creation and storytelling. This award supports a unique proposal and leadership journey along with recognising Genevieve’s ambitions and commitment to collaboration and driving positive change in the Australian screen industry. Congratulations.”
The Natalie Miller Fellowship is the only grant of its kind in the country and is proudly supported by co-sponsors Roadshow Films and KOJO, with each providing $50,000 over five years to support the Fellowship. Since 2012, twelve Fellowships have been awarded.