Screenability winners to be featured at 2022 Sydney Film Festival
Three talented filmmakers living with a disability will see their projects featured at the 69th Sydney Film Festival thanks to the Screenability filmmakers fund.
The winners of the fund receive industry mentorship and a grant of $30,000 from Screen NSW to create a short film that will premiere at the illustrious event.
The first recipient is Madeleine Stewart for the project Inspire Me. Inspire Me is a comedic host-driven documentary that follows Madeleine's journey to become the most inspirational disabled person ever.
The second recipient is Steve Anthopoulos for the project Voice Activated. Voice Activated tells the story of a deliveryman who stutters finds his voice when he is forced to cooperate with a voice activated car.
The third recipient is Natalia Stawyskyj for the project All Silent Dogs. Natalia’s film features a teenager with a choice: give up her ability to transform into a dog or face the familial and societal consequences of keeping it.
The Screenability Fund is part of a suite of initiatives under Screenability NSW, an open-ended policy commitment by the NSW Government through Screen NSW to work with industry to grow participation in the screen sector by NSW-based filmmakers with a disability.
Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin congratulated the emerging filmmakers, emphasising the importance of the initiative, which provides NSW filmmakers with a disability an exciting platform to upskill in filmmaking and bring their ideas to life.