Sydney Film Festival and Lexus Australia are proud to announce the 21 filmmakers shortlisted by producers at The Weinstein Company. The filmmakers will compete for the largest cash fellowship for short film in Australia.
Presiding over the selection process as Jury Chair is renowned Australian actress Judy Davis. The other jury members are Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley, Lexus Australia’s Adrian Weimers, and Australian producers Jan Chapman AO and Darren Dale.
The jury will assess each finalist’s proposed short film projects to select up to four filmmakers, each of whom will receive a $50,000 Fellowship grant. The four successful candidates will be announced on June 14, 2016, at the Sydney Film Festival.
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.
The shortlisted filmmakers are:
Alex Murawski (NSW)
Alex Ryan (NSW)
Anya Beyersdorf (NSW)
Billie Pleffer (NSW)
Brooke Goldfinch (NSW)
Genevieve Clay-Smith (NSW)
Hazel Annikki Savolainen (NSW)
Jacobie Gray (NSW)
Lucy Gaffy (NSW)
Tim Russell (NSW)
Dave Redman (VIC)
David Hansen (VIC)
James Vinson (VIC)
Victoria Thaine (VIC)
Mikey Hill (VIC)
Thomas Baricevic (VIC)
Erin Coates (WA) & Anna Nazzari (WA) (Co-Directors)
Eddie White (SA)
Stephen de Villiers (SA)
The Weinstein Company chose 10 female and 11 male filmmakers from over 355 Australians who last year entered Lexus’s international short film competition, the 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.
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): Adrian Weimers, Corporate Manager, Lexus Australia, Sydney Film Festival’s Festival Director Nashen Moodley, and renowned Australian actress Judy Davis joined forces to announce this exciting shortlist and jury.