The Sydney Film Festival and Lexus Australia have announced a new annual cash fellowship for aspiring Australian filmmakers, with up to four Fellowship winners receiving $50,000 each to produce their own short films in 2016 and 2017. This new cash Fellowship is the largest in Australia for short film, and aims to encourage and support the future generation of Australian filmmakers. Films funded by this Fellowship will premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in 2017 and 2018. A shortlist of the best entrants to the Lexus Short Film series will be curated and sent to a jury, which will then select the four winners of the Fellowship grants.
Adrian Weimers, Corporate Manager of Lexus Australia said, “At the heart of Lexus’s DNA, there’s a deep appreciation of creativity, design and craftsmanship.. Lexus Australia have created the Fellowship because we want to create a pathway for emerging Australian filmmakers to win that international prize.” Australian filmmakers must enter their international Lexus Short Films before the 25 October to be considered for selection by The Weinstein Company, who will select the finalists. These finalists will be announced in November, with the Fellowship winners announced April 2016.
For more information on the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship and how to apply, check out their website at: www.sff.org.au/fellowship