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Darlene Johnson, Deutsche Bank Fellowship for First Nations Film Creatives recipient.

Deutsche Bank Fellowship For First Nations Film Creatives

2021 RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED

Filmmaker Darlene Johnson is the inaugural recipient of the Deutsche Bank Fellowship for First Nations Film Creatives, presented by Sydney Film Festival.

Johnson receives a $20,000 grant to further develop her career through professional development and industry placement.

Johnson’s credits include River of No Return (SFF 2008); The Redfern Story (SFF 2014), nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award; and Bluey (SFF 2015), winner of the Event Cinema Australian Short Screenplay Award. Working with Aquarius Films, Darlene will use the opportunity to support her ambition to move into long-form drama. This will involve undertaking a producer/director attachment with the production company and working to develop and produce her own concept for TV.

Watch Darlene Johnson, Deutsche Bank Australia CEO Glenn Morgan and SFF Director Nashen Moodley reflect on the 2021 Fellowship announcement in the video below.

2021 Fellowship Announcement


About the Fellowship

The Fellowship is an important investment in developing and nurturing the talents of local creatives and enhancing global awareness of Australia’s vibrant First Nations filmmaking talent. 

Applications are welcomed from eligible craftspersons, screenwriters, producers, directors and actors with a proven track record in their chosen field. The successful candidate is selected by a panel of key industry personnel.

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2022 DEUTSCHE BANK FELLOWSHIP WILL OPEN MARCH 2022.

For any questions, please contact Lisa Kitching at fellowship@sff.org.au.

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