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LEXUS SHORT FILMS

June 1, 2017 —

Today, at the Tokyo Short Film Festival, Lexus announced the fourth season of the award winning Lexus Short Films. Each season, Lexus presents a theme to inspire and engage filmmakers to craft amazing stories. This season’s theme is TRANSFORMATION which is born from the Lexus brand’s belief that amazing things happen when you transform the ordinary into extraordinary.

Filmmakers can submit their films for consideration utilizing Withoutabox, the premier submission service for film festivals and filmmakers. The partnership established between filmmakers and Lexus truly supports up-and-coming artists by creating a unique opportunity for them explore the art of filmmaking using all the latest technology and guided by renowned industry experts. This type of mentorship is similar to the process used in Lexus factories where master craftsmen, known as Takumi, teach and inspire the next generation.

For Season 4, an esteemed filmmaker selection committee which includes Oscar nominee, writer and actor Taylor Sheridan (best known for the films Hell or High Water and Sicario and the television series Sons of Anarchy) alongside key executives of Lexus will be reviewing the submissions to select the four finalists.

“The Lexus Short Films project is a way for us to give back and support the creative community that always inspires us as a brand. We’ve come a long way since Season 1 thanks to our passioniante drive to support new, talented filmmakers and actors”, said Spiros Fotinos, Global Head of Brand Management and Marketing at Lexus. He added, “We are really excited by this year’s theme as it is something that also drives us as a brand. Aiming to make the ordinary extraordinary is how we can create amazing experiences.”

On June 1st, Lexus will be debuting the four award winning films from Season 3 with the exciting online release of: Game, Friday Night, MESSiAH and The Nation Holds Its Breath. The films will be available to stream on PrimeVideo via Amazon Video Direct and www.LexusShortFilms.com as well as other channels. Season 3’s films were accepted into over 65 film festivals, winning multiple jury and audience awards.

Each filmmaker’s talent needs to be showcased globally – we cannot wait to see what our new filmmakers have in store for next season to encompass the theme of transformation.”

To find out more about Lexus International’s Lexus Short Films, please visit https://www.lexus-int.com/lexus-short-films/

ABOUT THE SEASON 3 WINNERS

DAMIAN WALSHE-HOWLING (AUSTRALIA, OCEANIA)

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.



ALEXIS MICHALIK (FRANCE, EUROPE)

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 theatre in the comedy Le Dindon, staged by Thomas Le Douarec, and Ibsen and Strindberg's Les Fleurs Gelées. He is the founder of the theatre 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.

JEANNIE DONOHOE (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NORTH AMERICA)

Jeannie Donohoe is an award-winning lmmaker based in Los Angeles. She recently earned her MFA with honors in Directing from Columbia University. Jeannie attended Dartmouth College as an undergraduate, and also earned an MS in Education while teaching middle school in the Bronx through the Teach for America program. She has written and directed several short lms, including Lambing Season (selected for 50 lm festivals; recently named one of the "Best Short Films of 2014" by Indiewire; currently airing on PBS Film School Shorts) and Public (Palm Springs ShortFest, PBS Imagemakers). Jeannie is currently developing her rst feature-length lm, Flock.

KEV CAHILL (WRITER/DIRECTOR)

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.