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Lexus Short Film Fellows 2018 - reaching beyond ordinary life


2018 Lexus Short Film Fellows more interested in life beyond the edge than suburbia.
Lexus Short Film Fellows 2018 - reaching beyond ordinary life

Image: Production designer Poppy van Oorde-Grainger sharing a picture on the location of Manu, written and directed by Curtis Taylor, facilitated by CuriousWorks in 2014. Picture shot by David Wells; I can't find the names of the other people in the shot. 

Receive lots of entries. Make a twenty project shortlist. Assemble a jury - chaired in this case by actor Marta Dusseldorp, Fest director Nashen Moodley, Vin Naidoo from Lexus, producer Greer Simpkin, and director/ADG President Samantha Lang. Choose four projects for the Lexus Short Film Fellowships.


Give them each $50,000. Run the shorts next year at the Sydney Film Festival. 

The winners are - 

Melissa Anastasi NSW.

MELISSA ANASTASI - DIRECTING SHOWREEL from melissa anastasi on Vimeo.

Heaps of festival shorts, prizes from ADG. . 

Melissa is a Graduate of the Directing program AFTRS, where she was awarded the Kenneth B Myer Award for Exceptional Talent, and the European Union Film Award. Melissa has also studied screenwriting through the UCLA Professional Program, where she was nominated for the Nate Wilson Elliot Joie de Vivre Award with her feature script Soft Rain.

'My passion is telling stories of outsiders trying to find their place within relationships, and society at large.'

Sunday Emerson Gullifer  NSW

VCA graduate, originally from the theatre. ADG nominations. 

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW // Short Film Trailer from Sunday Emerson Gullifer on Vimeo.

Her work is internationally acclaimed, having won a slew of awards and two Australian Directors’ Guild Award nominations. Originally hailing from a background in theatre, she is drawn to bold stories told with heart.

Jamieson Pearce VIC

Adult 'Trailer' - Dir: Jamieson Pearce from Fergus Rotherham on Vimeo.

is a freelance director and editor. His award-winning short films have screened at festivals around the world. Most notably, his most recent film Adult, adapted from a story by Christos Tsiolkas, screened at South by Southwest 2017. He likes stories about the stranger manifestations of human desire. 

Nathan Mewett NSW

As a young child he grew up in a remote gold mine Telfer, which resides in the Great Western Desert and has helped build his creative partnership with Martu Director Curtis Taylor with whom he co-directed Yulubidyi – Until The End, screening at Sydney Film Festival 2018.

In development of the feature film Baby which focuses on extending Nathan’s interest in working with characters and actors with disability.

Curtis Taylor WA..

Growing up in remote Martu desert communities and in the city, Curtis has both traditional Martu knowledge and a non-Aboriginal education... a filmmaker, screen artist, actor and a young Martu leader. Growing up in remote Martu desert communities and in the city, Curtis has both traditional Martu knowledge and a non-Aboriginal education. After finishing school in 2008, Curtis worked as Community Coordinator and Youth Development Officer at Martu Media (a division of Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa), where he also spent 18 months working on the major Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route project as a filmmaker and youth ambassador. Curtis was the recipient of the 2011 Western Australian Youth Art Award and Wesfarmers Youth Scholarship. His screen work, including the acclaimed short film Mamu, has been shown in international film festivals from Brazil to Nepal. Curtis was the Director’s Attachment and is the Narrator of Emmy Award winning VR documentary Collisions

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