AFTRS Directing Grads Shortlisted

Mar 30 2016

AFTRS graduates shortlisted for Sydney Film Festival's Short Film Grants

Fantastic news to share, a clutch of recent AFTRS Directing graduates make the cut for the SFF $50K short film grants...

Big congratulations to: Alex Murawski (2010) Alex Ryan (2009) Genevieve Clay-Smith (2013) Lucy Gaffy (2008, 2009, 2012) Stephen de Villiers (2009) and David Hansen (2012 ) who were named earlier this week as part of the short list of 21.

The jury will select four filmmakers who will each receive $50K with the announcement taking place at the Sydney Film Festival in June.

Presiding over the selection process as Jury Chair is renowned Australian actress Judy Davis along with Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley, Lexus Australia’s Adrian Weimers, and producers Jan Chapman AO and Darren Dale.

The jury will assess each finalist’s proposed short film projects to select up to four filmmakers, who will each receive a $50,000 Fellowship grant.

All of the AFTRS graduates shortlisted for the 2016 SFF grants made impressions with their AFTRS student films just after graduation internationally and locally and these nominations warrant their place as the leading storytellers of the future.

AFTRS graduates featured in the photo include: Genevieve Clay-Smith (left) Alex Ryan (centre) Lucy Gaffy (far right)
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