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New $200 000 annual Short Film Fellowship

New $200 000 annual Short Film Fellowship

Lexus Australi's Short film Fellowships launch

(L-R) Sydney Film Festival's Festival Director, Nashen Moodley; Adrian Weimers, Corporate Manager, Lexus Australia; Sotiris Dounoukos, Dendy Live Action Short Award winner 2015; and, Gillian Armstrong, noted Australian filmmaker who started her career with short films at Sydney Film Festival, joined forces to announce this exciting new program.


Enter your film in the Lexus Short Films competition by 6:00 pm AEST 25 October 2015 and not only will your film be seen by The Weinstein Company, you will be in the running for the new annual Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship.

Up to 4 annual Fellowship winners will recieve $50 000 each to produce their next short film in 2016 and 2017, to premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in 2017 and 2018.

The Fellowships are the largest cash fellowship for short film in Australia, providing a new platform to support future generations of emerging filmmakers.

It's a simple process with no entry fee and no complex application process. All you have to submit by 6:00 pm AEST 25 October 2015 is your eligible film* and a copy of your CV.

A shortlist of the best Australian entrants will be curated by the Producers at The Weinstein Company and sent to the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship jury. This jury, headed by Sydney Film Festival's Festival Director Nashen Moodley, will then select the four winners of the Fellowships.

2016 Finalists will be announced in November 2015, and the inaugural Lexus Australia Short Film fellows will be announced in April 2016 - and see their work premiered at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival.

Australia entrants can also show their creative skills on the world stage, with a chance to be one of four Lexus Short Films international winners, who go on to direct short films that will be produced and receive 'first look' deals courtesy of The Weinstein Company. They will also tour to four international film festivals, including Sydney Film festival.

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