APPLICATIONS OPENING SOON
What is the Hanlon Larsen Fellowship?
The Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship supports an outstanding South Australian screen practitioner, by awarding a fellowship to the value of $45,000, inclusive of $25,000 cash, that will assist the creation or completion and delivery of an ambitious experimental screen-based work.
Chair of the Mercury CX Peter Hanlon created the Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship (HLSF) to honour his friend, film lecturer and filmmaker, the late Cole Larsen.
Peter says “I was blown away meeting so many filmmakers at Cole’s funeral who all told me the impact Cole had had on them. I wanted Cole’s memory to live on.”
The Hanlon/Larsen fellowship has been established to inspire and enable aspiring experimental and surreal filmmakers to develop their distinctive voice and create bold work for the screen and will ensure that Cole’s commitment to think (& do) outside the square will live on.
The HLSF is specifically for experimental and avant-garde filmmakers/projects with a focus on screen makers more generally, and those who have a much broader vision about the role of “screen”.
The HLSF is a collaborative fellowship supported by philanthropist Peter Hanlon, Flinders University, Adelaide Film Festival, Mercury CX and Light ADL.
AFF CEO Mat Kesting “I’m very excited to see the fellowship flourish and pleased to be able to support it and our filmmakers through AFF.”
THE SUCCESSFUL FELLOW WILL RECEIVE:
1. A cash grant of $25,000 from Peter Hanlon ($20,000) and Flinders University ($5,000). Cash funds may be used towards mentorship, research & development, skills training, attendance at industry conferences, attachment to a relevant industry professional, international travel, production, post-production, fees/wages, festival submissions, marketing and more. Bold and ambitious plans are encouraged!
2. In-kind support from the Mercury valued at $10,000. This includes a script consultation, a production consultation, production templates, a production office space, public liability insurance, production equipment hire, use of in-house post-production facilities (edit, colour grade, VFX, and ADR), marketing/promotion and a test screening in the Iris Cinema. It also includes a screening at the Mercury Cinema.
3. In-kind support from the Adelaide Film Festival valued at $5,000. The AFF has to right, but not the obligation, to present the world premiere of the work.
4. In-kind support from the Light Studio valued at $5,000 including two days hire of the studio space including LED projection (if required).
WHAT IS THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS?
An independent panel of assessors will consider the submissions against the selection criteria outlined below.
- The distinctiveness and imagination of the proposed work
- The likelihood that the work will find an audience
- The perceived viability of the work in relation to the budget
- The career benefits for the applicant
Applicants may be contacted with questions of clarification if required.
WHO CAN APPLY?
South Australian residents who are transitioning, emerging or mid-career screen and arts practitioners. You are not required to be a Flinders University alumni to apply for the HLSF.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE?
- Bold and distinctive works in any screen-based medium including (VR, AR, VP, interactive game or screen-based work)
- There is no duration limitation however the applicant will need to demonstrate that the work is able to be achieved within budget limitations
- There is no requirement for an end-user in the form of a broadcaster or streaming platform, publisher etc, as this initiative is designed to break free of commercially driven parameters.
- Projects that are experimental in nature and don’t necessarily comply with narrative, genre, format, ratings classification or conventions are encouraged*
- New or partially completed projects. Projects that are new and have not commenced must be able to demonstrate that the AFF deadlines can be met.
- There is a limit of one application per individual.
* works that are discriminatory, hateful or harmful to animals/children will not be eligible. Applicants will need to comply with industry standards regarding the use and employment of children under the age of eighteen. Projects will need to comply with Indigenous protocols, should there be any Indigenous content created. Please click here for more information
WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU NEED TO SUBMIT?
As part of a written application, you will need to submit:
- A short bio (up to 200 words)
- A project synopsis briefly outlining your project (100-150 words)
- A proposed budget and a budget narrative on how you will use the funds (up to 200 words)
- A short video pitch describing your project and your distinctive imagination (please supply the link)
- A brief statement about who you think your audience will be (not more than 200 words)
- Examples of the applicant’s previous work (please supply the links in the written application to two relevant works, with passwords if necessary)
- A career statement describing how the Hanlon/Larsen Fellowship will assist your career aspirations (not more than 200 words)
- A sample of creative supporting material relevant to the type and stage of development of the work. For example; a treatment, mood board, draft script, music example or link to an assembly/rough cut (please supply link)
- A signed statement along the following lines “I acknowledge that the work is wholly original and that I own the copyright in the work. I further acknowledge that I will comply with all cultural protocols in relation to indigenous peoples, and industry standards in relation to children.”
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?
MERCURY CX IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THE HANLON LARSEN FELLOWSHIP
In 2020, the inaugural annual Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship was launched to support a South Australian screen-practitioner who embodies the creative spirit of the late Cole Larsen, with funding to create an avant-garde screen-based work.
The initial five-year screen fellowship was been established by SA Film Corp chairman Peter Hanlon
This Fellowship is supported with $25,000 of cash funding by Peter Hanlon with Flinders University, and $10,000 of direct production support from Mercury CX. The successful awardee’s project will be eligible for an Adelaide Film Festival screening.
The winner of the inaugural fellowship was announced at the 2020 Screenmakers Connect conference.
“Cole Larsen was a screen production lecturer at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University, but this title belies the broad range of experiences Cole enjoyed through his lifetime. As well as being a loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle, Cole has worked, among other things (!), as a research and photo-journalist, director in children’s television, corporate, community and medical documentary, a film Producer and Director and an artist.
Through his active participation in South Australia’s film industry, both via Flinders University and more broadly, Cole inspired a generation (or three) of South Australian screenmakers, artists and creators. Cole loved many different types of films but had a particular love of surreal and experimental film.
Over the years he challenged his students and fellow filmmakers to push every boundary they came across. Cole’s impact on South Australia’s film industry cannot be underestimated.”
The Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship has been established to inspire and enable aspiring experimental and surreal screenmakers to develop their distinctive voice and create bold work for the screen and will ensure that Cole’s commitment to think (and do) outside the square will live on.
Filmmaker, designer and animator, Flinders University alumna Emma Hough Hobbs, has taken out the inaugural $35,000 Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship from a competitive field of 50 candidates.
Her project, ‘Film On Film‘ (Working title), is a 3-6 minute experimental doc-animation hybrid exploring the compelling charm of celluloid, which Emma says aims to showcase “how to spot when a film has been shot with the good stuff”.
“It will be shot on Kodak stock and the animation will then be captured frame by frame on Kodak film itself, allowing the audience to realise and appreciate the feeling celluloid can lend to a film,” she explains.
While locally collaborative, the project taps into the worldwide fascination with the capturing of light.
Launched in April 2020, funds an experimental film project with production and in-kind support of $35,000 in partnership with Flinders University and Mercury CX.
The completed project will screen as part of the Adelaide Film Festival.
The screen fellowship has been established by SA Film Corporation chairman Peter Hanlon, in honour of his friend, collaborator and industry luminary, the late Flinders University screen production lecturer Cole Larsen.