Fellowships worth a total of $308,000 have been awarded to eighteen Victorian filmmakers under the Australian Film Commission Distinctly Australian Initiative Fellowship schemes, announced today by the AFC.
The Distinctly Australian Fellowships are designed to provide career development opportunities for writers, script editors, writer/directors and producers
The total number of applications for Fellowships received by the AFC was 209; 54 were from Victoria.
All four Documentary Fellowships were awarded to Victorian filmmakers. The recipients are Daryl Dellora, Sally Ingleton, Don Parham and Steve Thomas.
Paul Cox and Esben Storm have been awarded Writer/Director Fellowships. The Fellowships are to enable each writer/director to step aside from commissioned work to develop a screenplay of great personal importance.
Annette Blonski received one of three Script and Story Editing Fellowships enabling her to work on attachment with the story department of BBC Television in London.
The Project Fellowship Scheme allows writers to undertake a non-project specific professional initiative (such as a structured attachment to a studio or filmmaker, or travel plan designed to establish or consolidate professional contacts overseas). Victorian filmmakers were awarded five of the nine Project Fellowships. Recipients are Roz Berrystone, Michael Buckley, Stuart McDonald, Kathy Mueller and Mira Robertson.
Victorian writer Jan Sardi received a Writer Fellowship.
Four Victorian applicants received Producer Fellowships. They are Marc Gracie and David Foster, Tony McDonald, Craig Monahan, and Jon Stephens. The Fellowship recipients are producers of differing levels of experience and the funds are provided to allow consolidation of creative and business plans.
Director of Film Development at the Australian Film Commission, Tim Read said: "Victorian filmmakers consistently feature strongly in the Distinctly Australian Fellowship schemes. On a percentage basis, they are successful at a higher rate than their applications rate. Over the three years of the Fellowships, 25% of all applications have come from Victorians who form 32% of all successful applicants. This year the figures are 26% of all applications and 30% of the successful ones."