Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp will chair the 2018 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship Jury, it has been announced.
“The Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship for 2018 will give four Australian filmmakers the support to carry on telling their unique stories,” Dusseldorp, best known for A Place to Call Home and Janet King, said. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this meaningful contribution to great artistic voices, which continue to be as important as ever.”
Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley, Lexus Australia’s Vin Naidoo, Australian producer Greer Simpkin (Sweet Country) and President of the Australian Directors’ Guild Samantha Lang will round out the jury, tasked with the tough job of selecting the four Fellows who will each receive $50,000 to make their next short film, which will then premiere at the 2019 SFF.
The jury will make their announcement premiere of the 2017 Fellowship short films at Dendy Opera Quays on Tuesday, June 12, and the trailers for each of the four films have now been released:
The Coin by Thomas Baricevic
A neo-urban western adventure, The Coin is the story of Suli, a supermarket trolley collector and his quest to find a rare lost coin, which he hopes will bring him a better life.
Fitting by Emily Avila
Inside a lingerie fitting room, two strangers – a customer who has recently undergone a mastectomy and a bra fitter – are bound on a mission to find a bra that works.
Kaya by Lara Köse
In a remote Turkish village, an ostracised orphan girl seeks out the forbidden Alevi community in her quest for freedom.
My Boy Oleg by Goran Stolevski
A festival performance brings a Ukrainian actress to Melbourne with her toddler. But her off stage antics reveal the true nature of her visit: to find her child’s father.
“Lexus Australia strongly supports initiatives that unearth progressive creative talent. Through the Fellowship, we aim to encourage emerging Australian filmmakers to explore new ideas, refine their craft and keep their art form moving forward,” said Lexus’ Vin Naidoo
Nashen Moodley, Sydney Film Festival Director said, “The Festival is proud to present the trailers of these four outstanding new Australian films today. With stories of female companionship, ethnically diverse voices and a fresh take on the classic Western, the Lexus Fellows have proved to be of the highest calibre of emerging talent in Australia.”