The shortlist has been announced for the 2017 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship, the largest cash fellowship ($200,000) for short film in Australia.
For the second year, up to four Fellowship winners will receive $50,000 each to produce their next short film, to premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in 2018.
An independent panel has selected 20 finalists to submit entries to be judged by the 2017 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship Jury. The winning Fellows will be announced during the 2017 Sydney Film Festival.
Australian screen icon Judy Davis who chaired the 2016 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship Jury said, “The Fellowship offers an incredible investment in nurturing the next generation of Australian film industry achievers. It was an honour to be involved in selecting the four winners of the Fellowship last year: Anya Beyersdorf, Brooke Goldfinch, Alex Murawski and Alex Ryan, who are in the process of creating four incredibly exciting films to premiere at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival.”
The shortlisted filmmakers are:
Alexander Giblin Beth Armstrong Dane McCusker Sam Gosper Rueben Field Sunday Emerson Gullifer Arthur Angel David Hansen Ellen Richardson Frank Margee
Goran Stolevski Isaac Elliott Lara Kose Oran Franco Thomas Baricevic Victoria Thaine Dane Hansen Emily Avila Josh Tanner Sean Meehan
What the Fellowship means to the shortlisted filmmakers:
“It’s a rare thing to find a company that will support the arts and particularly filmmaking in this way…extremely valuable for Australian culture and for the future of filmmaking” – Beth Armstrong
“It’s incalculable, what that funding would do for the film…the possibility of my short film premiering at the Sydney Film Festival honestly, it’s quite humbling. Just the idea of having my idea be accepted into the Lexus Fellowship is rewarding in itself” – Sam Gosper
“It would just make a world of difference really” – Alexander Giblin
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2017 Lexus Australia Short Fellowship shortlisted candidates - Sunday Emerson Gullifer, Alexander Giblin, Beth Armstrong, Sam Gosper and Dane McCusker - chat to us about what it would mean for them to win the Fellowship.
Two of our 2016 Lexus Australia Short Film recipients - Alex Murawski and Anya Beyersdorf - talk to us after being announced the winners.
Pictured (left-right): 2016 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship recipients Alex Murawski, Anya Beyersdorf, Brooke Goldfinch and Alex Ryan.