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Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship screening and trailers

Lexus Australia and Sydney Film Festival have announced that tickets are on sale for the world premiere of four short films created by the recipients of the 2016 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship: Anya Beyersdorf, Brooke Goldfinch, Alex Ryan, and Alex Murawski.

How the Light Gets In, Outbreak Generation, Red Ink, and Snow will screen at Dendy Opera Quays at 6pm on Tuesday 13 June 2017 (during the Festival, 7-18 June 2017).

The four filmmakers each received a $50,000 grant to make their short film, after being selected by a jury chaired by renowned Australian actress Judy Davis at the Sydney Film Festival in 2016.

Nashen Moodley, Sydney Film Festival Director said, “The Festival is very excited to release the trailers of these four brilliant new Australian films. The Lexus Fellows have proved to be of the highest calibre of emerging Australian talent. They have taken risks, tried new techniques and ideas, and given voice to their stories. We hope many people will join us at the Festival to see their films.”

“Lexus Australia is deeply committed to investment in innovation, and through our partnership in the Fellowship with Sydney Film Festival we aim to encourage young Australian filmmakers to evolve their craft,” Vin Naidoo, Corporate Manager Marketing Operations and Sales, Lexus Australia said.

“These films are courageous and original, and we are thrilled to have played a part in bringing them to life.”

“Opportunities like this are so precious and rare, not to mention critical for developing the emerging screen sector, and I feel honoured to have been granted this experience,” said filmmaker Anya Beyersdorf (How the Light Gets In).

“Perhaps the most significant advantage of making this film through the Lexus Fellowship is that I was able to test out ideas and experiment with different cinematic techniques. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to take risks,” said filmmaker Brooke Goldfinch (Outbreak Generation).

“The Fellowship has been so supportive during the entire process and gave us so much creative freedom. I hope they continue to give filmmakers opportunities like this for years to come,” said filmmaker Alex Ryan (Red Ink).

“The power of this Fellowship is that it says ‘Dream. Push. Reach.’ And when you do, it delivers into real life what once lived only inside a drawer as an unachievable dream,” said filmmaker Alex Murawski (Snow).

For the second year, up to four Fellowship winners will receive $50,000 each to produce their next short film, to premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in 2018.

An independent panel has selected 20 finalists to submit entries to be judged by the 2017 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship Jury, chaired by celebrated Australian actor David Wenham.

The 2017 winning Fellows will be announced at the premiere of the inaugural Fellowship films.

The medium of short film making is a launching pad for the careers of emerging Australian talent.

The Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship allows young filmmakers to be assessed by key industry figures and premiere their work at Sydney Film Festival.

The Fellowship aims to develop and foster young talent and ultimately contribute to the longevity of the medium, and the Australian filmmaking industry.

Lexus Australia Short Films and Filmmakers:

How the Light Gets In
A single mother living on the fringes of society with her young daughters wakes in the night with a unique problem—a light shining from within that starts at her fingertips and spreads quickly, the glow taking over her life as it takes over her body.

  •  Anya Beyersdorf is not only an actress turned writer-director, she is also a current Doctor of Arts candidate at Sydney University, founder of the Sydney filmmaking collective Gifthorse Films, and an AWGIE award winner. Beyersdorf’s short films have played in competition at high profile film festivals internationally including Palm Springs International Shortsfest, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival, and Flickerfest International Film Festival.

Outbreak Generation
In the midst of a global epidemic, Annie Spence finds herself the sole carer of her eight-year-old nephew, who wants answers—ones that perhaps only a mother can give?

  • Brooke Goldfinch, studied filmmaking at NYU and won the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director at Sydney Film Festival’s Dendy Awards in 2015 for her short film Red Rover. Goldfinch was selected to write and direct a segment of James Franco’s compendium feature film The Color of Time, and also triumphed over a record number of applicants to become one of two director’s attachments on the set of Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s sequel to Prometheus, which was shot in Sydney.

Red Ink
When a delusional man tries to buy a pack of crackers in a supermarket, his unusual behaviour is misunderstood by shoppers and staff, leading to an unimaginable tragedy.

  • Alex Ryan is a UTS and AFTRS graduate with a number of award-winning shorts and music videos to his name. Not only does he run his own production company, Wedge Tail Productions, his most recent short Ngurrumbang screened at festivals around the world, was a Dendy Awards Finalist at Sydney Film Festival (2013) and received an ADG award nomination. His music video for The Preatures’ Is This How You Feel won Rolling Stone Magazine’s Best Music Video (2013).

A grieving young boy accidentally injures a girl and leaves her in the snow. As the weight of his decision presses upon him, he sets back out to find her before it’s too late.

  • Alex Murawski is an AFTRS graduate whose film school short Kiss screened at the Berlinale, Cannes, and Palm Springs International Shortsfest, where it took second prize. It has over 70,000 views on YouTube. Murawski has also completed a director’s attachment on Bruce Beresford’s Emmy-nominated mini-series Bonnie and Clyde.

Sydney Film Festival runs 7–18 June 2017

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