Natalie Miller Fellowship announces new president, catalyst grants

The Natalie Miller Fellowship has appointed Sasha Close as their new president, with five new Catalyst grants up for grabs for women in the screen industry.

Sasha Close – Head of Programming for both the Gold Coast Film Festival and Brisbane International Film Festival – has been chosen as the new President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship (NMF).

Close is an established industry professional, having worked in distribution before moving into exhibition and programming. She is a renowned figure in the independent screen and film sector, having led programming at Wallis Cinemas until 2019. She also sat on the Board of the Independent Cinemas Association (2016-19) and contributed to many conferences and festivals, and has judged multiple AACTA film categories. Close also worked from 2017-19 on Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Taskforce.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports