Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund Screen NSW announces three new short films directed by women, News

Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund Screen NSW announces three new short films directed by women

Screen NSW has announced grant funding for three new short films selected for its GENERATOR: Emerging Filmmakers Fund (GEFF).  Women will direct all three films.

This year’s Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund applications required the inclusion of a female director and priority was given to teams including people from under-represented groups.

From a highly competitive field of applications, the following three films and teams have been selected:


Writer/director Hyun Lee; Producer Hannah-Florence Macgregor.
Confirmed cast includes Hong Kong-Australian pop musician Rainbow Chan.

Synopsis:  A Chinese girl lives alone in her apartment but every night she is visited by a horrific ghost who has an uncanny resemblance to her
foreign neighbour.


Writer/director Natalie van den Dungen; Producer Nicole Coventry.

Synopsis:  Milly's world revolves around her pet guinea pig. When her mother attempts to engineer for her a 'real' friend, it results in ridicule and forces Milly to question her sense of self.


Director Laura Nagy; Writers Laura Nagy and Daniel Monks (Daniel Monks is also an intern in the Screenability NSW program);
Director Mentor Rachel Ward; Producer Yingna Lu.
Confirmed cast includes Bridie McKim.

Synopsis: A toxic friendship between two teenage girls is brought to breaking point as they compete for the attention of their gym class teacher.

Cecilia Ritchie and Polly Staniford of Aquarius Films are Executive Producers on all three titles.  Aquarius’ achievements include the Golden Globe-nominated feature film Lion and the 2017 Sundance Film Festival selection Berlin Syndrome, directed by Cate Shortland.  The project teams will also be supported by Screen NSW Development and Production Executive, Andrea Ulbrick.

Screen NSW CEO Courtney Gibson said:  “These are three exceptionally talented emerging filmmaker teams whose projects are bursting with fresh ideas and creativity.  It’s particularly exciting that the films will be directed by women and that the key creative roles are also being performed by people from other under-represented groups in our industry, including those with a disability, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, from the LGBTQI community and from western Sydney.”

Generator supports new and emerging filmmakers and screen practitioners in NSW by funding the production and post-production of short films.

Screen NSW has committed to supporting enhanced participation in the industry of people from under-represented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with a disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW, and this commitment is reflected in the new Generator guidelines.

In each Generator round, projects receive grants of up to $30,000 for production and/or post-production of a short film, with an appointed Executive Producer. There is one round annually and in 2016 funding will be provided for three projects.

Photo caption: Yingna Lu, Hyun Lee, Natalie van den Dungen, Nicole Coventry

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