The Brisbane based producer will receive $20,000 from Screen Queensland to work with some of the world’s biggest names.
Screen Queensland CEO, Tracey Vieira made the announcement yesterday, stating, “I am pleased to announce Kim as the first recipient for this new Screen Queensland initiative, designed to elevate the professional practice of female Queensland practitioners in the screen or games industry.”
Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated Kim on her success. “Kim Allom is already proving to be a leader in her field. Earlier this year she took out the Queensland Young Achiever of the Year 2017 award for Online Achievement, and she has made a significant contribution to the Australian game industry,” the Premier said.
“The SQ mentorship will take Kim to California and Berlin in 2018 to be mentored by two leaders in the international gaming industry.”
Kim’s two mentors will be California-based Kim Sellentin, Producer at Blizzard Entertainment, known for World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch and Hearthstone; and Berlin-based Brie Code, CEO and Creative Director of her own company Tru Luv Media and former lead programmer on the Assassin’s Creed series.
Kim said, “I am absolutely thrilled by this opportunity and feel like it will be a cornerstone to my career path and personal development. It’s important for me to say that I would not have this opportunity if it weren’t for my mentors, colleagues, family and friends.”
Adding, “In this industry, women and non-binary identifying game studio CEOs exist, but are few and far between. I want to learn from pioneers like Brie Code and experts like Kim Sellentin to help achieve my goal of one day running my own video game studio.”
Kim who has been with Brisbane’s Defiant Development has been included in all three of MCV Pacific’s Women In Games Lists (2015, 2016, 2017), and will act as a mentor herself for The Working Lunch. In addition to her role with Defiant, Kim runs Blushbox Collective.