LEXUS
SHORT FILMS

Lexus has always passionately embraced innovation and imagination in the design and manufacture of every Lexus vehicle, and this passion extends beyond the automotive world into the fields of art, music, fashion, food, movies and design, always looking for what's next.

As part of Lexus Next project, Lexus Short Films has the goal of supporting and nurturing a new generation of emerging filmmakers. With Lexus' support, aspiring directors and writers have a unique opportunity to collaborate with acclaimed film studio The Weinstein Company to produce and showcase their work on an international stage.

For the first time in 2015, submissions were opened to filmmakers worldwide who were required to submit their resume and a short film. Thousands of entries were received which were of an impressively high quality.

ANNOUNCING THE 2015 WINNERS

Lexus and The Weinstein Company are thrilled to announce the four talented winners of the third annual Lexus Short Films series, who were awarded this honour at the closing ceremony of the Napa Valley Film Festival. Congratulations to Alexis Michalik, Damian Walshe-Howling, Pippa Bianco and Kev Cahill whose films wowed the judges with their unique storytelling abilities.

The four winners will now direct their own short films around the theme of 'Anticipation'. They will also receive a first-look deal with The Weinstein Company, promotional theatrical distribution for their short films, participate in a tour of top film festivals around the world, and receive an at-home filmmaking and editing suite to further bring their passion to life.

UNCOVERING THE STARS OF THE FUTURE

Lexus will continue to partner with The Weinstein Company to discover the potential future stars of the film industry, and offer an outlet to bring the creativity of a new generation of filmmakers to life. For more information, visit lexusshortfilms.com

ABOUT THE 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.

MESSIAH - BY DAMIAN WALSHE-HOWLING

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.