ABOUT SCREEN CANBERRA
Screen Canberra is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the development and growth of the screen industry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
We assist local and visiting productions in realising their creative visions through funding & initiatives, by connecting them with the most advantageous locations and by providing high-quality production support from our local industry.
Our aim is to build a stronger ACT screen industry that contributes to a diverse local economy and creative industry through the production of local, interstate and international film, television (TV) and digital media projects.
Recent productions supported by Screen Canberra include SECRET CITY (2016-2019), BLACKLIGHT (in post-production), starring Liam Neeson, and TOTAL CONTROL (2019-).
Let’s get your picture in motion.
For Canberra to have a thriving local screen industry and be a competitive production destination.
To act as the strategic support mechanism for the ACT screen industry through collaboration, training, education and funding; to have a true partnership between government and the industry and to respond swiftly to market opportunities
SCREEN CANBERRA STAFF
MONICA PENDERSChief Executive Officer
Monica has steered Screen Canberra from a one-person initiative to an independent organisation that is now responsible for the delivery of the $5million CBR Screen Fund. She has a diverse background in international business including advertising and public relations, marketing with the Walt Disney Company and her last corporate role was as Vice President of Corporation Communications at Lend Lease in New York.
In 2008 she produced the US$27million film THE SECRET OF MOONACRE which was shot in Budapest, Hungary and enjoyed a global theatrical release.
Monica graduated from Griffith University, Australia with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in film and media studies and has undertaken film studies at the University of NSW, New York University, the New School in New York and received a Certificate IV in Training from Canberra Institute of Technology. Monica has been shortlisted three years running for the Natalie Miller Fellowship and is a member of the CBR Brand Board.
SOPHIE HARPERFund Manager
Sophie joined Screen Canberra as Senior Manager in 2019 to manage the $5 million CBR Screen Fund.
Sophie started her career in Canberra as a director/editor at Bearcage Productions (now Wildbear). She worked in Research at the Australian Film Commission and at Screen Australia as Governance Manager. She then jumped at the offer to teach Producing and Documentary at the European Film College in Denmark, where she became Vice Principal and stayed for seven years.
On returning to Canberra, Sophie launched the audio documentary podcast series “Not By Accident” which she made for three years. It received media attention, award success and well over a million downloads internationally.
Sophie has a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University, a Diploma in Filmmaking from the European Film College and studied for a Master of Art at COFA UNSW. She is Canberra-born and bred.
ALEX RINGLANDLocations & Production Manager
Alex is the Locations & Production Manager for Screen Canberra. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of Screen Canberra’s professional development programs, initiatives, events and also manages the ACT Screen Arts Fund on behalf of the ACT Government.
Alex has successfully delivered Screen Canberra’s most notable professional development program, Accelerator POD along with screenings and events in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Alex completed a degree in Entertainment Business from JMC Academy in 2009 and she began her career as a Production Intern at Chaotic Pictures. With a clear focus and strong interest in Production, Alex continued her studies by attending the International Film School where completed her Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media.
In 2013, Alex began her career with Transmission Films where she directly supported the Theatrical Acquisitions Manager. Alex moved to Canberra in 2015 where she began working at Prime until she joined the Screen Canberra team as the Coordinator in 2016.
SHIRELLE CUBBINOperations Manager
Shirelle joined Screen Canberra in late 2019 to take on a role in Financial Administration and Governance.
With a background in Project Management, Shirelle has worked in creative businesses in an administrative capacity for over 20 years. Whether working in a graphic design studio, advertising agency, interior design company, animation studio or film production company, Shirelle enjoys bringing her planning and organisational skills to the business to ensure projects are run on time and within budget.
At Screen Canberra, Shirelle looks after our operational finances, and in conjunction with our Accountants, manages the grants and investments of our various funds and initiatives. She also works closely with the Senior Manager as Governance Assistant for the organisation.
EMMA EICHLERInitiatives Manager
Joining the Screen Canberra team in 2018, Emma took on the responsibility of managing and implementing strategies across all social media and communication platforms, in addition to web development and assisting with initiative programs. This is completed in addition to general office management and admin.
Emma studied locally at the Canberra Institute of Technology, while simultaneously completed an internship with Screen Canberra. Additionally, Emma has worked on several international productions before returning to the ACT permanently.
It is a strong focus of Emma’s to create a sustainable film industry within the Canberra region.
SCREEN CANBERRA BOARD
DR DAVID COURTChair (ACT)
David Court is Founder of Compton School, Australia’s first creative business school and a director of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. He was formerly Head of Screen Business at the Australian Film Television & Radio School where he developed Australia’s first screen business qualification.
David has been involved in the financing of more than a dozen film and television productions including John Weiley’s ANTARCTICA, Baz Luhrmann’s STRICTLY BALLROOM, Dean Cavell’s THE WIGGLES MOVIE, Jerzy Domaradski’s LILIAN’S STORY, Robert Connolly’s THE BANK, Guy Gross’s OLD TOM, Andrew Horne’s THE ANIMATED LEUNIG and Don Featherstone’s THE ONE PERCENTERS. David was founding editor of the authoritative industry newsletter Entertainment Business Review. As author of Film Assistance: Future Options (Allen & Unwin, 1986), he was the policy architect of the Film Finance Corporation, established by the Australian Government in 1988. In 2010, with Sir Peter Jackson, he undertook a review of the New Zealand Film Commission for the NZ Government.
David holds a PhD from the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.
SANDRA SDRAULIG AMDeputy Chair (VIC)
Sandra Sdraulig AM is an Executive Coach and owner of Through the Roof: Executive Coaching Women, Chair of the Adelaide Film Festival and Vice President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship. She is also a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience as a film and TV executive in both the commercial and cultural sectors of the Australian film, TV and digital media industry.
Previously, she was the CEO of Film Victoria; Producer and Presenter of Friday on My Mind, a weekly live interview program for practitioners across film, TV and new media; Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival and Film Distribution and Marketing Manager for Palace Entertainment. In 2012 she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her leadership and contribution to the Australian film and TV industry.
JULIAN WIDDUPChair of FAC (ACT)
Julian Widdup has a strong interest in the screen industry. He is an experienced director having served on the boards of over 20 major corporations including Rural Funds Group, Palisade Investment Partners Limited, Darwin International Airport, Alice Springs Airport as well as major superannuation, port, power utility, agricultural, timberland, defence, hospital and healthcare entities. Julian’s directorships include ASX listed entities and international corporations.
Julian is an economist and fully qualified actuary. He has a professional background in asset management, public-private partnerships, corporate strategy and risk management. He previously held executive roles with Access Capital Advisers (now Whitehelm), Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson) and the Australian Government.
Julian has a Bachelor of Economics (ANU), a Master of Business Administration (ANU) and completed the Senior Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
SUE EDWARDSBoard Member (VIC)
Sue worked in film and television production for many years prior to 2007 when she joined Film Victoria, the state government funding agency for the screen industry (film, TV, games). She spent 8 years with Film Victoria managing a variety of programs including Production Investment and Incentives until returning to the production sector in 2016.
Since then she has continued working as a Line Producer for different companies including Fremantle Media Australia, Hoodlum Entertainment and Playmaker Media on projects such as WENTWORTH (series 5-8), FIVE BEDROOMS (series 1) MISS FISHER & THE CRYPT OF TEARS (feature) and the final series of HOUSE HUSBANDS.
LISA BARLINBoard Member (ACT)
Lisa Barlin is the Chief General Counsel at a Government Business Enterprise, having previously been an equity Partner at independent commercial law firms for the past decade. She brings more than 20 years’ experience as a solicitor, predominantly working in commercial and government law. She has routinely provided legal advice on corporate governance issues and provided crisis management services at a board level.
Most recently Lisa was a director and then Deputy Chair of Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter Trust Fund. This Trust Fund was owned and funded by the ACT and NSW Governments and the helicopter flew 6,900 rescue missions across the ACT and Southern New South Wales region.
In 2014 Lisa was appointed as company secretary to lead the major corporate restructure for the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, a body originally established in 2001 by the Australian Parliament with a $115 million grant. The Foundation was established to distribute funding for programs and research that aimed to prevent the harms caused by alcohol and licit substance misuse.
For more than ten years she has also been a director for not-for-profit community boards across the education, health and safety, and sporting sectors.
Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts/Laws from the Australian National University and is admitted to practise in the High Court of Australia.