In November of 2017, the Australian film community suffered a great loss. Samantha Rebillet - writer, director, producer, performer, musician, academic and rebel, died by suicide. To commemorate her spirit, tenacity and formidable creative legacy, FFS has created an inaugural award with UTS to honour one female filmmaker with a similar flair for risk-taking and innovative and lateral approaches to production.
Awarded in its first year to Australian director Jessica M. Thompson (The Light of the Moon), the award includes a travel stipend to progress the filmmaker’s career through the broadening of networks and opportunities beyond Australian shores.
To honour Sam’s memory, her 2011 short, Hapless Heart will be screened alongside the Australian premiere of Jessica’s SXSW Audience Choice Award winning first feature, The Light of the Moon.