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Arts Minister Virginia Judge recently announced the next generation of award-winning filmmakers to receive grants under the 2010 Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund.
Ms Judge said seven short films would be made, with each film receiving up to $30,000 in production funding.
Since it was established 15 years ago, the Emerging Filmmakers Fund has given grants totalling $3 million to 130 NSW film crews and their projects,” she said.
Films produced under the Fund have had more than 1000 local and international festival screenings, including in Cannes, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Tokyo, New York, and Barcelona, and have received over 200 awards and nominations.
Ms Judge said this year’s recipients were an incredibly talented group of filmmakers, ready to make a significant career step up with the production of their short films.
Among the films to be funded is Suspended, which sees actor Damian Walshe-Howling make the leap into writing and directing. The film will be produced by experienced short film producer and feature film production coordinator Lisa Shaunessy who has worked on some of the biggest films ever made in Australia, including Star Wars, Superman Returns and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Writer/director Paola Morabito, who acted as assistant to Jane Campion on her feature films Bright Star and In The Cut, will now write and direct Lie Softly, a 14-minute drama to be produced by Tara Riddell.
Josh Wakely, an experienced actor and writer and an emerging director, will have the opportunity to make My Mind’s Own Melody, a short musical drama he has written with Silverchair’s Daniel Johns.
Visual effects and post production specialist Pauline Piper will produce the short animation A Cautionary Tail, to be directed by Simon Rippingdale, with Erica Harrison as writer.
Tanya Golberg is a stage and television actor, stage director and has previously directed the short film The Mighty Hand of God. Now she will direct Great Western, a sevenminute drama, to be produced by Rachel Antony and written by Trent Bartfield.
The Fund will provide post production funding to the 15-minute drama Spirit-Ed, which stars British actress Miriam Margolyes (Happy Feet, Harry Potters, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Babe). Writer/director is Peter Mether and producer is Shannon Wilson.
Mitzi Goldman has been writing, producing, editing and directing documentaries for more than 20 years. However, Letter Tape is her first animated documentary. She is producing the film, which is to be written and directed by Rowena Crowe.