Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship

2016 Fellowship Premieres

Sydney Film Festival and Lexus proudly presented the 2016 Fellowship winning short films at Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship Gala Screening on Tuesday, 13 June.

This was the world premiere screening of the first films produced under the auspices of the $200,000 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship. The Fellowship recipients were four exceptionally talented Australian writer-directors - Anya Beyersdorf, Brooke Goldfinch, Alex Murawski and Alex Ryan.

Australian screen icon Judy Davis, who chaired the 2016 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship Jury said, “The Fellowship offers an incredible investment in nurturing the next generation of Australian film industry achievers. It was an honour to be involved in selecting the four winners of the Fellowship last year: Anya Beyersdorf, Brooke Goldfinch, Alex Murawski and Alex Ryan."

2016 Fellowship Short Films

How the Light Gets In, Directed by Anya Beyersdorf


A single mother living on the fringes of society wakes in the night with a unique problem - a shining light from within spreads, taking over her entire body.

Actress turned writer-director Anya Beyersdorf is a current Doctor of Arts candidate at Sydney University, founder of Sydney filmmaking collective Gifthorse Films and an AWGIE award winner.

Screens with A Ghost Story.

Outbreak Generation, Directed by Brooke Goldfinch


Amid a global epidemic Annie Spence becomes the sole carer of her eight-year-old nephew, left wanting answers only a mother can give.

Brooke Goldfinch studied fi lm at NYU and took out the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director at SFF’s Dendy Awards in 2015 for her short film Red Rover.

Screens with Wind River.

Red Ink, Directed by Alex Ryan


When a delusional man tries to buy crackers in a supermarket his unusual behaviour leads to a serious misunderstanding and an unimaginable tragedy.

Alex Ryan is a UTS and AFTRS graduate, award-winning short film and music video director, and founder of Wedge Tail Productions.

Screens with Final Portrait.

Snow, Directed by Alex Murawski


A grieving young boy accidentally injures and abandons a girl in the snow, and sets out to repair the damage of his mistake before it’s too late.

Alex Murawski is an AFTRS graduate whose short Kiss screened at the Berlinale, Cannes and Palm Springs International Shortsfest.

Screens with In The Fade.

2017 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship Winners Announced!

The 2017 Fellows were announced at the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship Gala screening, Tuesday 13 June, 2017.

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

We would like to congratulate...

Emily Avila

Goran Stolevski

Lara Kose

Thomas Baricevic

Meet the 2017 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellows 

The largest cash fellowship ($200,000) for short film in Australia. The Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship aims to develop and foster new talent by allowing young filmmakers to be assessed by key industry figures and premiere their work at Sydney Film Festival. The Fellowship provides a launching pad for the careers of emerging Australian talent and ultimately contributes to the longevity of the medium, and the Australian filmmaking industry.

“The Fellowship is a significant investment in filmmakers looking to bring their next groundbreaking project to life,” Jury Chair David Wenham said.

“The Fellowship is about discovering new voices and ideas that keep art forms moving forward at the local level, and just one example of how we invest in fostering creativity and emerging talent,” Vin Naidoo, Corporate Manager of Lexus Australia said.


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