One of the biggest problems we are facing in the film industry, is that there are not enough women in key creatives roles and we want to help change that.


Our solution at Taival Films is to help and empower other women in the industry to succeed and find the next generation of women filmmakers in Victoria, Australia.

The initiative is supported by the Melbourne Women in Film Festival and the film "Stalling" will be premiered at the 2020 MWFF in February.




According to Screen Australia, only 21% of Australian Screenwriters are female. We know this percentage would be greater if women were more often granted a seat at the film-industry-table amongst men, as equals. 

There are already great initiatives around to help female Filmmakers forge their careers,
but we believe there is more to be done. 


Taival Films wants to offer a platform for women to share their thoughts and stories through film.

With the Future Creatives Initiative, we opened the floor first for emerging women Screenwriters in Victoria 2018 to submit their scripts to be considered for the 'Emerging Screenwriter Award 2019'.

Shortlisted applicants pitched their ideas in front of a panel of judges, within the 2019 February MWFF season, in Melbourne. And the winner script, called "Stalling" by Nik James got made into a film 2019.


Future Creatives Initiative started 2018 with the search for finding the next up-and-coming woman Screenwriter in Victoria. Nik James won the "Emerging Screenwriter's Award" with her script "Stalling" and we filmed it in Melbourne in July 2019.

The Initiative ran a crew campaign early 2019 to find passionate emerging filmmakers to make the film with Taival Films.

Meet the talented team behind "Stalling" - without these beautiful people we would not have been able to make the film. 


We were proud to have a mentoring team of three amazing Screenwriters and professional Filmmakers, who supported the three finalist Screenwriters to polish their scripts over the course of a two-month Screenwriter Mentoring Program in 2019.


Edwina Exton

Edwina Exton is a Screenwriter specialising in comedy, known for co-writing the feature comedy Spin Out and episodes of children's TV series 'Drop Dead Weird'. She has written TV sketch comedy, developed children’s TV series for the ACTF, written biographical documentary, and script-edited animated TV, short films and a short feature. 

Stephanie Phillips

Scout Cripps, AKA Stephanie Phillips, is a graduate of Swinburne and AFTRS. She has worked as a film lecturer, as well as writing, producing and directing a number of award-winning short films, which have been screened at Academy Accredited festivals across the globe over the last decade. 

Anita Jankovic

Anita Jankovic has worked in film and television across Australia and the U.S. in various capacities for over 20 years. She completed a BA at Sydney University, majoring in English literature and film theory, and in 2013 graduated from AFTRS with a Masters in Screenwriting. She has recently finished writing for Endemol Shine Bank’s family drama series 'Sisters'.


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