LEXUS SHORT FILMS

THE 3RD ANNUAL LEXUS SHORT FILMS SERIES

In 2013, Lexus Short Films launched with the goal of supporting and nurturing a new generation of emerging filmmakers. These aspiring directors and writers have received a unique opportunity supported by Lexus to collaborate with the acclaimed film studio The Weinstein Company, to produce and showcase their work on an international stage.

For the third Lexus Short Films series, Lexus and The Weinstein Company crowdsourced director submissions from the filmmaking community worldwide. The theme for this series is “Anticipation”, a provocative and nuanced thought-starter providing filmmakers an innovative platform for their imaginations. The four selected filmmakers will be invited to interpret the meaning for their own narrative and to tell a story based around their vision.

THE NEXT LEXUS SHORT FILMS

  • MESSiAH

    MESSiAH BY DAMIAN
    WALSHE-HOWLING LEARN MORE

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    In a playful collision of cultures, a hapless Irishman and his Parisian girlfriend get more than they bargained for when they encounter a particularly mischievous stranger in the spectacular Australian wilderness.

    THE WORLD PREMIERE

    Lexus and The Weinstein Company will be premiering MESSiAH from the third annual Lexus Short Films series at the Sydney Film Festival. This exciting premiere will take place Wednesday, June 8th.

    Learn more from the Sydney Film Festival Website

    SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

    DIRECTOR DAMIAN WALSHE-HOWLING

    DAMIAN WALSHE-HOWLING DAMIAN WALSHE-HOWLING

    Damian is an acclaimed actor and filmmaker best known for his latest short film, Suspended, which recently screened in the official competition at international film festivals including St Kilda, Flickerfest, Nashville and Locarno in Switzerland. He is also known for his 2007 debut short film The Bloody Sweet Hit. Damian has a passion for storytelling which has taken him all over the world in pursuit of culturally diverse stories and roles. He received an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for his performance of Melbourne's “Most Loved Murderer”, Andrew Benji Veniamin, in the original Underbelly series.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT

    FRIDAY NIGHT BY ALEXIS MICHALIK LEARN MORE

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    While visiting her daughter who is studying abroad in France, Claire is thrown into the midst of a city-wide attack. In a place where she doesn’t speak the language or know her way around, she’s forced to navigate this French metropolis in the dark of night in a desperate search to find her daughter and ensure her safety.

    THE WORLD PREMIERE

    Lexus and The Weinstein Company will be premiering Friday Night to kick off the third annual Lexus Short Films series at Tokyo Short Shorts. This exciting premiere will take place during the opening night ceremonies of the film festival, Thursday, June 2nd.

    Learn more from the Tokyo Short Shorts Website

    TOKYO SHORT SHORTS

    DIRECTOR ALEXIS MICHALIK

    ALEXIS MICHALIK ALEXIS MICHALIK

    Alexis is an actor and filmmaker who has starred in several television movies and series, such as Petits meurtres en famille, Terre de lumière and Kaboul Kitchen and feature films directed by Billy Zane, Diane Kurys, Safy Nebou, Yann Samuel, Fernando Colomo, Danièle Thompson and Alexandre Arcady. Alexis is also known for acting successfully in theater in the comedy Le Dindon, staged by Thomas Le Douarec, and Ibsen and Strindberg's Les Fleurs Gelées. He is the founder of the theater company Los Figaros and after directing two short films, Au Sol, in 2013 and Pim-Poum le petit Panda, in 2014, Alexis continues to pursue his writing career and will direct his first feature film Escort Boys.

  • FILM BY PIPPA BIANCO LEARN MORE

    PIPPA BIANCO PIPPA BIANCO

    Pippa is a filmmaker who studied photography at Yale University, where she received both the Lamar Prize for the best Film Studies thesis and the Pearson Prize for the best American Studies thesis for her graduation film. Pippa started her career by working in independent film – assisting on Braden King's Here (Sundance 2011) and Leslye Headland's Bachelorette (Sundance 2012). Since then, Pippa’s films have been selected and won awards at numerous festivals including Telluride and SXSW. Pippa was also chosen as one of nine filmmakers for the American Film Institute's Women’s Directors Program fellowship in 2014, and her short film submission, Share, won the 1st Prize in the Cinéfondation category at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Continuing her success with AFI, she is a Yaddo Filmmaker-in-Residence for the 2015-2016 term. Pippa’s most recent work includes writing and producing at Beyoncè's Parkwood Entertainment, directing a commission for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a writing credit on the upcoming film Bleed For This.

    PIPPA'S SUBMISSION FILM TRAILER
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  • FILM BY KEV CAHILL LEARN MORE

    KEV CAHILL KEV CAHILL

    After Kev graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Mathemathics he tried a few different jobs: University Entertainments Manager, Red Bull's DJ for Ireland, Gardener, Smoothie Seller, Soup Seller, Porridge/Oatmeal Seller, Lumber Furniture Maker, Trombone Player, English Language Teacher, Man with a Van Delivery, Christmas Tree Seller, Club Promoter, Boat Washer, Barman, Waiter, Kitchen Porter, Concrete Factory Labourer, Table Maker, Film Location Trainee, Film Location Scout, Photographer, Videographer, Film Location Manager, VFX Trainee, VFX Data Wrangler, VFX Supervisor... Last year he directed his first short film – More Than God. It qualified for an Oscar, screened at almost 30 festivals and won a bunch of awards.

    KEV’S SUBMISSION FILM TRAILER
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    MORE THAN GOD

THE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM NAPA

From thousands of submissions, four winners were announced on November 15th during the closing ceremonies at the Napa Valley Film Festival in California. Courtesy of Lexus and The Weinstein Company, these aspiring filmmakers will have their short films produced, receive promotional theatrical distribution, and participate in a tour of top film festivals around the world starting in June 2016.

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