A decade after co-founding the award-winning & globally recognised @busstopfilms Films, filmmaker & entrepreneur Genevieve Clay-Smith is delivering on her succession plan and stepping down as CEO. Genevieve’s business acumen, creative innovation and passion for inclusion in the screen industry has driven the organisation and its Accessible Film Studies Program to be a global leader in the film industry.
Since winning @tropfest in 2009 with her inclusive short film, Be My Brother, Genevieve has forged pathways for inclusion in the film industry for people with disability on both sides of the camera. She made history by employing people with intellectual disability on commercial film projects, developing an inclusive employment model between Bus Stop Films and her creative agency @tastecreative This model is now being implemented with Endemol Shine, Aquarius Films and See Saw Films. Genevieve will hand over the steering wheel to incoming CEO Tracey Corbin-Matchett from 1 July 2019. Tracey has been with Bus Stop Films since 2017, bringing a wealth of experience in addressing diversity and inclusion in the screen sector, recently managing the Raising Films Australia initiative on behalf of Women in Film and TV Australia.Under Genevieve’s leadership, the organisation has produced 15 inclusively made films, engaging more than 300 people across various diverse backgrounds and winning in excess of 50 awards along the way.
Genevieve’s impact within the film industry has also seen her win many personal accolades including the recent Emerging Leader Award at the @telstra Business Women’s Awards, the @womensweeklymag Women of the Future Award, NSW Young Australian of the Year and her appointment as a Member of the NSW Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Genevieve’s pioneering of inclusive filmmaking has also been recognised at @tiff_net @disney & @bbc UK.”I see people using the term ‘inclusive film’ to describe a film they’ve made which features a cast member with disability,” Genevieve says. “They want a badge of honour for it but that’s not inclusive filmmaking for me – it’s simply a great casting choice.” #femaleceo #bossbabe #businesschicks #womeninfilm - 15 minutes ago