2016 Short Film Fellowship recipients Brooke Goldfinch, Anya Beyersdorf, Alex Ryan and Alex Murawski.

Submissions are now open for the 2017 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship, which gives four emerging filmmakers $50,000 each to produce a short to premiere at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival.

The $200,000 fellowship is the largest cash fellowship for short film in Australia.

Judy Davis, 2016 jury chair, said the fellowship offers investment in 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, Brook Goldfinch, Alex Murawski and Alex Ryan, who are in the process of creating four incredibly exciting films to premiere at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival,” said Davis.

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A panel will curate 20 finalists, who will then be whittled down to four winners by the Short Film Fellowship Jury.

“The Fellowship is a significant investment in young and emerging Australian filmmakers, providing a level of funding not previously available to local filmmakers to tell their stories through short film,” said festival director Nashen Moodley.

Deadline for entries is December 1.

For more information on elligibility and how to enter, visit: http://www.sff.org.au/about/lexus-australia-short-film-fellowship/