The ACT Screen Industry Association (ACTSIA) welcomes the appointment of Sandra Sdraulig AM to its board this month. Sandra has more than twenty years of experience as a film and TV executive in both the commercial and cultural sectors of the Australian screen industry, including nine years as CEO of Film Victoria. In 2012 she was awarded an Order of Australia for her leadership and contribution to the Australian film and TV industry.

CEO Monica Penders said, “Sandra Sdraulig brings extensive experience to our board, and I am confident her expertise will further strengthen ACTSIA’s position as a industry leader. I also look forward to working with our entire board cohort, and would like to thank retiring member Tania Chambers for her significant contribution.”

ACTSIA is also excited to announce the election of David Court as the board’s new Chair. David replaces long-serving Chair Scott Chamberlain, who will remain on the board going forward. David co-authored the 2010 review of the New Zealand Film Commission with Sir Peter Jackson, and is the Subject Leader of Screen Business at Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Completing the seven-member board are John Frohlich, Michael Tear, Peter Bayliss and John L Simpson.

The new board appointments come at a time of significant growth in the ACT screen sector. Television series The Code and Secret City have put Canberra on the world stage, and feature film Joe Cinque’s Consolation opened nationally last week after a strong showing at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). These success stories demonstrate the continued evolution of the ACT into a viable and exciting new production hub that offers growing job and business opportunities.   

“This is a exciting time for the ACT screen industry,” said Ms Penders. “ACTSIA was established in 2013 to bring a strategic focus to local support of screen, and since that time we have overseen a substantial increase in commercial output of real quality.”

ACTSIA has delivered ScreenACT (the ACT office of Film, Television and Digital Media) on behalf of the ACT government since July 2014. The organisation will be reviewing its long-term strategy later this year, and looks forward to continuing its strong relationship with the ACT government as it drives towards a stronger more innovative screen sector.   

For more information please contact Monica Penders, CEO of ACTSIA:

P: (02) 6162 5172 E: monica.penders@screenact.com.au