Genevieve Clay-Smith

Genevieve is transforming film making from being an elitist industry to one that embraces disability and marginalised people by taking a potential negative and turning it into a positive. Using her childhood challenges of depression as a result of being bullied at school, she has developed a deep appreciation for ‘belonging’ and moving people from being marginalised to ‘included’.

Genevieve is the co-founder and co-owner of award winning creative agency, Taste Creative and, co-founder and Executive Director of pioneering not-for-profit organisation, Bus Stop Films. She is the NSW Young Australian of the Year. Genevieve’s films about inclusion have been viewed by over half a million people world-wide.

In 2009, at 20 years old, Genevieve won 1st prize at Tropfest, with her film, Be My Brother about a young man with down syndrome. It was acclaimed for the way it broke down social stigmas about disability.

In 2014, Genevieve worked with NAB and Australia Post to produce short films and internal campaigns designed to break down barriers and create conversations surrounding people’s fears and uncertainties about disability and mental health in the workforce.

Genevieve was recently selected as a Judges Choice winner at the Women’s Weekly, Woman of the Future Awards and also took out the B&T award for best Female Creative in the 2015 Women in Media awards.