AWF calling for $25,000 Foxtel Fellowship nominations

Press release from DMC PR Media

The Australian Writers’ Foundation (AWF) is calling for nominations for the $25,000 FOXTEL Fellowship: rewarding excellence with freedom.

Now in its fifth year, the intention of this prestigious fellowship is to provide a writer with the creative freedom to develop a television project of their choosing.

The fellow is chosen for their demonstrated excellence in screenwriting, particularly in the field of television, and a body of work that is impressive in its craft, scope and impact. The fellowship is made possible due to generous sponsorship from FOXTEL.

In 2010 the fellowship was awarded to Sue Smith, one of Australia’s finest television writers. Her body of work includes a number of highly acclaimed dramas such as The Leaving of Liverpool and Brides of Christ (both co-written with John Alsop).

In 1994 Sue won an AWGIE for The Road from Coorain. Her work also includes the television series R.A.N Remote Area Nurse, My Brother Jack, Fallen Angels and The Cooks.

Sue said that receiving the fellowship has been huge privilege and opportunity.

" The FOXTEL Fellowship has allowed me to let my imagination travel into the kind of tricky or confronting territory that I may have felt constrained about under other circumstances."

Screenwriters may nominate themselves to be considered for the fellowship, however the AWF also encourages third party nominations. The Fellow will be announced at the 44th Annual AWGIE Awards to be held in Sydney in September.

FOXTEL and the AWF partner on a number of projects designed to recognise television’s important contribution to the country’s cultural landscape and the screenwriters who shape that contribution through their exceptional work.

Other FOXTEL/AWF projects are the annual FOXTEL Screenwriter’s Address, which will be given this year by John Collee, and the FOXTEL Oral History project, a series of interviews with significant writers who have built and shaped the screen industry.

Nominations for the 2011 FOXTEL Fellowship close 5pm Friday 19 August 2011.

For details on how to apply, click here.