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Judy Davis praises "impressive" recipients of inaugural Short Film Fellowship

14 June 2016 5:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

(l-r) Jurors Judy Davis, Lexus' Adrian Weimers and Sff director Nashen Moodley.

The winners of the inaugural Lexus Short Film Fellowship were announced last night at the Sydney Film Festival, with jury chair Judy Davis touting the promise of the next generation of Aussie filmmakers..

The four winners will receive $50,000 each to make a short..

They are Anya Beyersdorf, Alex Ryan, Brooke Goldfinch and Alex Murawski, who were chosen from a shortlist of 21 filmmakers, whittled down to four by Davis, Sff director Nashen Moodley, Lexus Australia's Adrian Weimers, Jan Chapman and Darren Dale.

"We spent the day in a big office in Sydney", Davis told If..

"I just found it very impressive that a writer can distill what they're saying, then communicate it effectively in ten or twelve minutes and, at times, achieve great complexity", Davis said.

"That really impressed me, and I felt very privileged to be able to read them, because normally I would never get to read a short film script. I've never been offered a short film."

The even gender split of the winners was an accident, Davis said.

"At the end of the process, one of the other jurors said, this is good because it's looking like two [men], two [women]. And I'll be honest, for me, it wouldn't make any difference.".

"I would just pick the four I thought were the best. If it had ended up being four men, I might have gone: oops. But still you've got to choose the four best. In this particular case, the two scripts that the women wrote are beautiful. It was not a painful decision.".

The four films tendered by the winners will premiere at next year's Sff, with a maximum length of fifteen minutes.

Uts and Aftrs grad Alex Ryan is making a short loosely inspired by the story of Brazilian student Roberto Curti, who was tasered by police and died in 2012, while Goldfinch's film is "a sci-fi thriller set in Woolongong with a female protagonist".

Aftrs grad Murawski aims to make a film "about a boy who leaves his friend behind after an accident and has to deal with the guilt of that situation"..

"It centers on grief and separation and the end of childhood", Murawski said. "It's called Snow."

Titled How the Light Gets In, Beyersdorf's short will reunite the team behind her previous film Vampir..

The idea for the film, "a meditation on terminal illness in a close-knit family", came to the director in the middle of the night.

"I woke up one night and thought, imagine if my fingers and hands were glowing. And I thought, what if there was a way you could represent an illness not as an illness but as this beautiful glow that's threatening to envelope you. So that's the crazy idea I had, and I wrote it for this very quickly."

Davis announced the four winners before a screening of Damian Walshe-Howling's MESSiAH, one of four winners of the International Lexus Short Films initiative. »

- Harry Windsor

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Sff 2016 boasts five Australian feature premieres, Mel Gibson in conversation

10 May 2016 7:28 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Alex Russell in Ivan Sen's Goldstone.

The full Sydney Film Festival line-up was unveiled this morning by Sff director Nashen Moodley, with five Australian feature premieres and eight Aussie documentary premieres.

In a coup for the festival, this year's Talks program at Sydney Town Hall's Hub will include a free talk with Mel Gibson, whose Blood Father is playing at the fest, as well as in-conversation events with Australian filmmakers such as Ivan Sen.

Sen's Goldstone, the festival's opening night film, will also feature in the official competition..

Other Aussie premieres include Abe Forsythe's Cronulla black comedy Down Under, Craig Boreham's queer drama Teenage Kicks, playwright Stephen Sewell's directorial debut Embedded, and Craig Anderson's thriller Red Christmas, starring E.T.'s Dee Wallace.

Also in the line-up are Aussie titles that premiered overseas last year, such as Beast, the McKeith brothers' Manila-set boxing drama that comes »

- Harry Windsor

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Schepisi, McCune, Coles Smith to present at 2016 Adg Awards

27 April 2016 10:47 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Mark Coles Smith will present at the 2016 Australian Directors Guild Awards.

Fred Schepisi, Lisa McCune and Mark Coles Smith will present at the 2016 Australian Directors Guild Awards - which will be broadcast nationally for the first time.

The presenter lineup also includes Catherine McClements, Lucy Honigman, Anna McGahan, Damian Walshe-Howling, Ray Meagher, Craig Monahan and Spencer McLaren.

The annual awards celebrate the outstanding work of Australian screen directors over the past year and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on Friday May 6.

Nazeem Hussain will host this year's ceremony and Aurora community channel (channel 183 on Foxtel) will broadcast the awards.

Adg chief executive, Kingston Anderson, said the guild was very excited to be able to secure the broadcast of the 2016 awards for the first time.

.It is very important to profile the talented directors that Australia has across all genres and the »

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