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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 28, 2022

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Sydney Film Festival announces First Nations fellowship

Sydney Film Festival announces First Nations fellowship
Matthew Simmonds

Sydney Film Festival has partnered with Deutsche Bank to offer an exciting new fellowship for Australian First Nations film creatives.

The Deutsche Bank Fellowship is accepting applications from eligible candidates now, with submissions open until July 18.

The winning Fellow will be awarded a $20,000 grant for international placement or other professional development within the industry.

A panel of key film and television personnel will select the successful candidate.

Sydney Film Festival board member and director of Blackfella Films, Darren Dale, said Sydney Film Festival was proud to be working with Deutsche Bank to offer an incredible opportunity to First Nations film creatives.

In addition to the Fellowship, Deutsche Bank will support Sydney Film Festival’s First Nations Film program, helping to further the Festival’s commitment to the Australian First Nations film sector.

The First Nations Film program is also supported by Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department.

Deutsche Bank Australia’s Interim CEO, Glenn Morgan, said the partnership with Sydney Film Festival would bring together a mutual commitment to the Indigenous community and was looking forward to seeing the outstanding talent the grant will attract.

“The Fellowship is an important investment in developing and nurturing the talents of local creatives and enhancing global awareness of Australia’s vibrant Indigenous filmmaking talent.”

“We encourage all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander film creatives, who have already started a career in any discipline within the film and television industry, and who are currently based in Australia, to apply,” he added.

The successful candidate will be awarded the grant at the 68th Sydney Film Festival taking place from August 18 to August 29.

Eligible film creatives can submit an application or find more information here:

Deutsche Bank Fellowship for First Nations film creatives with Sydney Film Festival
When Open now until July 18
Where Apply here:

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