What is Screen Canberra?



Screen Canberra is a not-for-profit membership based organisation that is governed by a board of highly diverse and influential people in the Australian Film Industry.

Screen Canberra supports the growth of the ACT screen industry through development, opportunities and providing a voice for the local screen community.

We are aiming to build a stronger ACT screen industry. Let us know how we can help you.

Screen Canberra Staff

Monica Penders


For the past ten years Monica has been at the helm of Screen Canberra, steering it from a one-person initiative to an independent organisation that is now responsible for the delivery of the $5million CBR Screen Fund.  Monica 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, is a member of the CBR Brand Board and is on the steering committee for The Orchard, supporting women in film in Canberra and the working party for the national Screen Diversity Inclusion Network.

Contact Monica Penders – monica@screencanberra.com.au

Alex Mirabito


Alex is the Project Manager for Screen Canberra. Alex is responsible for the planning and implementation of Screen Canberra’s professional development programs and events.

Alex previously held the position of Coordinator.

Alex grew up in Sydney and after completing a degree in Entertainment Business she began her career as a Production Intern at Chaotic Pictures. With a clear focus and strong interest in Production, Alex continued her studies attending the International Film School and completed her Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media. Since then she worked for Transmission Films until moving to Canberra in 2015.

Contact Alex Mirabito – alex@screencanberra.com.au

Emma Eichler


As the Coordinator of Screen Canberra it is Emma’s responsibility to monitor the planning and implementation of communication and marketing strategies in conjunction with organisation of day-to-day office operations.
Emma studied locally at Canberra Institute of Technology graduating with an Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media, while completing her studies she was simultaneously one of Screen Canberra’s interns. Since then she has worked internationally on a television series and continues to develop her practical skills within the realm of content production and has a strong focus on creating a sustainable film culture within the Canberra region.

Contact Emma Eichler – emma@screencanberra.com.au

Screen Canberra Board

Dr. David Court


David Court is Executive Director of Compton School, Australia’s first business school for creative people. 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


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 an Order of Australia for her leadership and contribution to the Australian film and TV industry.

Andrew Mackie


Andrew Mackie has worked in the independent film industry for the last twenty years. He and longtime business partner Richard Payten have released more than 200 films and generated over $300 million at the box office. The films they have acquired and distributed have won 6 Palme d’Ors and been nominated for 48 Academy Awards, and include The King’s Speech, Boy, Samson and Delilah, Balibo, An Education, The White Ribbon, Strictly Ballroom, Look Both Ways, Good Night And Good Luck, Volver, Secrets and Lies, Dead Man, Amour, Quartet and Rabbit Proof Fence. In 2007 he and Payten co-founded independent distributor Transmission Films, alongside the Oscar-winning production company See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech, Shame, Top of the Lake.) Prior to Transmission, they were Joint Managing Directors of Dendy Films. As an Executive Producer his credits include Tracks, Oyster Farmer, Candy, Mary And Max, Charlie & Boots and The Eye Of The Storm.

Julian Widdup


Julian Widdup has a strong interest in the screen industry. He is an experienced director having served on the boards of over 15 major corporations including Rural Funds Group, Palisade Investment Partners Limited, Darwin International Airport, Alice Springs Airport as well as major port, power utility, agricultural, timberland, defence, justice, hospital and healthcare companies. Julian’s directorships include ASX listed entities and international corporations.

Julian has a professional background in finance, public-private partnerships, corporate strategy and risk management. He was an executive director at Palisade Investment Partners, partner and chief of operations for Access Capital Advisers and previously worked with several Australian Government agencies

Julian has a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lisa Barlin


Since commencing her career working as an Associate at the ACT Magistrates’ Court in 2001, Lisa has since established a successful track record in commercial litigation, employment law and estate disputes.

Her core practice areas include:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Employment law
  • Estate planning
  • Probate, letters of administration
  • Estate Disputes – Family provision claims

Her clients range from Australian Government Departments and Agencies, Not for Profit Organisations, Businesses to private clients.

She has also gained experience as a director of various Not For Profit Associations including being the former Deputy Chair of the Snowy Hydro Rescue Helicopter Fund.

Sue Edwards


Sue worked in film and television production for many years up until 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.

Sue now acts as a Line Producer for FremantleMedia Australia and has worked on Television Series such  as; WENTWORTH, HOUSE HUSBANDS and SATISFACTION