Victoria Cocks’ ‘Davi’. 

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) have partnered with Panavision to launch a new $100,000 short film production initiative.

The aim is to co-fund the production of up to three short films to premiere at the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival, with Panavision to supply $10,000 equipment to each selected project.

SAFC head of production, development, attraction and studios Amanda Duthie said the fund was created to drive the growth of the local screen industry and support emerging filmmakers to find their authorial voice and develop their craft.

“Short films supported by the SAFC have launched the careers of many notable South Australian filmmakers and have achieved considerable critical success. Significantly, the success of this early career funding is evident in the fact that almost all of the active local screen sector were funded as emerging filmmakers. Short film has long been the proving ground for the distinctive and visionary filmmakers of the future.”

From 2002-2017, shorts funded by the SAFC have included Anthony Maras’ The Palace, Azadi and Spike Up, Ashlee Page’s The Kiss, Dave Wade’s Welcome to Iron Knob, Matthew Bate’s The Mystery of Flying Kicks, Matthew Cormack’s My Last Ten Hours with You and Victoria Cocks’ Davi. Among them, they’ve won AFI/AACTA Awards and have been selected for international festivals such as Venice, SXSW, Annecy and Palm Springs, and local festivals including Adelaide, MIFF, SFF, St Kilda Film Festival and Flickerfest.

Adelaide Film Festival artistic director and CEO Mat Kesting said: “Adelaide Film Festival is delighted to partner with SAFC on this new short film initiative. Short films are both a great artform in their own right and developmental pathway for practitioners. We can’t wait to premiere the films at AFF in October 2020.”

Applications close November 4. More info here.

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