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Mia is a film programmer, talks curator, event producer, and social entrepreneur who currently lives and works on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nation in Naarm (Melbourne)

Immersed in the Australian film scene for over a decade, she staged the inaugural Seen & Heard Melbourne at ACMI in 2014, a film festival dedicated to screening the works of women behind the camera. Mia has since lent her programming and production experience to other film organisations across the east coast, such as Sydney Film Festival, the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival, the Czech & Slovak Film Festival, Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, and, most recently, as the Short Film Programmer for the Melbourne International Film Festival.

In 2016, Mia was nominated as a Young Social Pioneer by the Foundation for Young Australians, through which she secured financial support to build a digital platform called Clamour (working title) to promote the works of diverse filmmakers. Throughout Mia’s And Also residency, she decided she needed to understand the basics of databases in order to create the foundations for Clamour, so taught herself how to build and service a database from scratch.