Australian Short Film Fellowship Screening at SFF Sells Out

May 2, 2017
An initiative between the Sydney Film Festival and Lexus proves popular with both filmmakers and the public.

Announced barely two weeks ago, and with the event 6 weeks away, the premiere at the 2016 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship recipients’ work at the Sydney Film Festival has already sold out.

Four emerging filmmakers – Anya Beyersdorf, Brooke Goldfinch, Alex Ryan and Alex Murawski – received a $50,000 grant each to make their short film after being selected by a jury headed up by Judy Davis at last year’s festival.

The films – How the Light Gets In, Outbreak Generation, Red Ink and Snow – will screen at Dendy Opera Quays at 6pm on Tuesday 13 June 6pm.

“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 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).

In 2017, the jury will be headed up by David Wenham, and again up to four Fellowship winners will receive $50,000 each. Winners will be announced at the screening Tuesday, June 13 at Dendy Opera Quays. For more information on the Fellowship head to the website.

Tickets for Sydney Film Festival 2017 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit for more information.

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