Pathways Forward


A Change Maker discussion, tabling case studies of organisations that apply community based models to inclusion as we work towards celebrating a more diverse future in the screen industry and beyond.

Facilitator: Ljudan Michaelis-Thorpe WIFT Australia Indigenous Lead

Talent: Genevieve Clay-Smith, Co-Founder of Bus Stop Films (Australia) Bus Stop Films is a pioneering, not-for-profit organisation that uses filmmaking and the film industry to raise the profile of people living with disabilities and other marginalised groups, on both sides of the camera.

Tim Soutphommasane (Australia) is a political theorist and professor at the University of Sydney. He was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2013 to 2018.

Katrina Irawati Graham (Australia) Katrina is an Indonesian-Australian writer, director, playwright, activist. Katrina is co-founder, Chair and Queensland board member of Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Australia.

Craig Gainsborough (New Zealand) producer of Rūrangi. More then a series, Rūrangi is a movement to create social change for New Zealand’s gender diverse community by empowering screen creatives to tell their own stories and represent themselves autonomously.

Ana Tiwary (Australia), founded the Diversity in Australia Media community over a decade ago. She is a producer/director and her company indiVisual films specialises in diverse stories. Recently Ana produced Rhapsody of Love, the first Asian Australian Rom-com.

WIFT Australia’s Bla(c)k and women of color subcommittee collaborated with APSA to create the DIVERSE FUTURES: Pathways Forward panel. The subcommittee board members are Katrina Irawati Graham, Ljudan Michaelis-Thorpe and Ana Tiwary. For more information on WIFT Australia see:

The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.

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