Screen Australia has funded four short films with almost $133,000 through its Short Film Completion Fund.

Spine tells the story of a dramatic event that brings acceptance to someone who has recently become a paraplegic. It is directed by Sophie Miller and stars Snowtown's Lucas Pittaway.

Both Scott Picket’s The One Who Broke Your Heart and actress/director Alexandra Schepisi’s Lois (starring Academy Award-nominated Jacki Weaver) deal with a person who longs to revisit a past relationship.

Rounding out the group is Lynne Vincent McCarthy’s first short film, Strange Face, which tells the story of a socially awkward young girl who yearns for a friend.

“This year we had some really strong submissions for completion funding,” said Screen Australia’s head of development, Martha Coleman, in a statement. “Filmmakers are getting out there by whatever means they have and are creating some amazing work. We’re always excited at the discovery of new talent and these filmmakers have the potential to make a significant mark on our future industry.”

Screen Australia's Short Film Completion Fund provides finance to individual screen projects of up to $40,000. The films selected are creatively ambitious short films that show outstanding potential but lack the funds to be completed.

The full details of the four short films selected are:

Producer: Rachel Higgins
Writer/Director: Alexandra Schepisi

Producers: Bruce Dawson, Lawrence Lim
Writer/Director: Scott Pickett
Writer: Luke Tierney

Producer: Sheila Jayadev
Executive Producer: Prue Williams
Writer/Director: Sophie Miller

Producer: Samantha Jennings
Writer/Director: Lynne Vincent McCarthy

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