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/
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.