Sydney Film Festival and Lexus Australia are proud to announce Anya Beyersdorf, Brooke Goldfinch, Alex Murawski and Alex Ryan as the four recipients of the inaugural Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship.
The four filmmakers will each receive a $50,000 grant to make a short film, which will then premiere at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival.
The fellows were selected from a shortlist of 21 emerging filmmakers nominated by The Weinstein Company from more than 355 Australians who last year entered the global Lexus Short Film Series. The Series was recently won by Australian actor and filmmaker Damian Walshe-Howling – alongside three other filmmakers from France, South Korea and the USA – whose short film MESSiAH premiered at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival.
Renowned Australian actress Judy Davis presided over the selection process as Jury Chair alongside Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley, Lexus Australia’s Adrian Weimers, Australian producer and SFF board member Jan Chapman AO and indigenous Australian producer Darren Dale.
Sydney Film Festival’s Festival Director Nashen Moodley, and Adrian Weimers, Corporate Manager, Lexus Australia introduce the new Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship here.
Some of this year's shortlisted filmmakers talk about what the fellowship means to them here.
About the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship
The Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship is the largest cash fellowship for short film in Australia, providing a new platform to support future generations of emerging filmmakers.
Up to four annual Fellowship winners will receive $50,000 each to produce their next short film in 2016 and 2017, to premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in 2017 and 2018.
Pictured (left-right): 2016 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship recipients Alex Murawski, Anya Beyersdorf, Brooke Goldfinch and Alex Ryan.