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Since 2013, Lexus has collaborated with renowned film studio, The Weinstein Company to give emerging filmmakers from all over the world the chance to showcase their talents to a wider audience. The films before you are the fruits of their labor.

  • TRAILER

    GAME (2016)


    Jeannie Donohoe

    Part of the 3rd Annual Lexus Short Films Series

    A high school sophomore with a shocking secret relocates to a new school and decides to try out for the state champion boys’ basketball team.

  • TRAILER

    THE NATION HOLDS ITS BREATH (2016)


    Kev Cahill

    Part of the 3rd Annual Lexus Short Films Series

    It is 1990. A young father-to-be is torn between witnessing the miracle of childbirth and witnessing the miracle of Ireland reaching the quarter finals of the 1990 World Cup.

  • TRAILER

    MESSiAH (2016)


    Damian Walshe-Howling

    Part of the 3rd Annual Lexus Short Films Series

    A hapless Irishman and his Parisian girlfriend get more than they bargained for when they encounter a particularly mischievous stranger in the spectacular Australian wilderness.

  • TRAILER

    Friday Night (2016)


    Alexis Michalik

    Part of the 3rd Annual Lexus Short Films Series

    When Claire’s daughter becomes embroiled in a city-wide attack, Claire is forced to navigate a foreign land to find her daughter and ensure her safety.

  • Operation Barn Owl (2015)


    Satsuki Okawa

    Part of the 2nd Annual Lexus Short Films Series

    Despite her own feelings, Ellen works diligently to ensure that nothing gets in the way of Jonah’s proposal to his girlfriend.

  • Market Hours (2015)


    Jon Goldman

    Part of the 2nd Annual Lexus Short Films Series

    When a string of thefts threaten to cost him his job, Randall must seize an unexpected opportunity to prove his worth to everyone.

  • Swimming in Air (2014)


    Justin Tipping

    Part of the 1st Annual Lexus Short Films Series

    He may be young, but Victor will risk everything to prove his love to the girl of his dreams.

  • Echoes (2014)


    Special Problems

    Part of the 1st Annual Lexus Short Films Series

    A comedian’s musing becomes the anchor to five stories of five isolated individuals whose lives converge in a surreal moment of clarity.

  • A Better Tomorrow (2014)


    Mitsuyo Miyazaki

    Part of the 1st Annual Lexus Short Films Series

    Two orphans following in their father’s footsteps develop a technology that could heal the earth, unleashing a mysterious power in the process.

  • Pupil (2014)


    Chan Chung Ki

    Part of the 1st Annual Lexus Short Films Series

    After suffering a series of traumatic events, a struggling artist learns to see the world in new and amazing ways.

  • Beyond Memories (2014)


    Cristina Molino

    Part of the 1st Annual Lexus Short Films Series

    Despite believing that forgetting is the only way forward, Sophie realizes that her memories from a previous life still remain inside her mind.

2015 Winners

Selected from thousands of submissions, the winners will have their short films produced and distributed by Lexus and The Weinstein Company. The filmmakers will also get to participate in the most prestigious film festivals and introduce their work to a global audience.

  • Alexis
    Michalik
    • Alexis Michalik

      FRANCE

      Alexis, an actor and filmmaker, has starred in several television movies and series. Following a successful career in theatre, he founded the theater company, Los Figaros. After directing two short films, Alexis continues to pursue his writing career and will direct his first feature film, Escort Boys.

    • FRIDAY NIGHT
      Trailer

  • Kev
    Cahill
    • Kev Cahill

      IRELAND

      After graduating with a degree in Mathematics, Kev tried everything from selling soup to playing the trombone for a living. He eventually began working on films like Total Recall and Thor: The Dark World. His first short film was 2015’s critically acclaimed More Than God.

    • THE NATION HOLDS ITS BREATH
      Trailer

  • Damian
    Walshe-Howling
    • Damian Walshe-Howling

      AUSTRALIA

      Damian is an acclaimed actor and filmmaker best known for his latest short film, Suspended, which recently screened at various international film festivals. His deep love for storytelling has taken him all over the world in pursuit of culturally diverse stories and roles.

    • MESSiAH
      Trailer

  • Jeannie
    Donohoe
    • Jeannie Donohoe

      UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      Award-winning filmmaker Jeannie Donohoe earned her MFA in Directing with honors from Columbia University. Writer and director of several short films, including Lambing Season, which was named one of the “Best Short Films of 2014” by Indiewire, Jeannie is currently developing her first feature-length film, Flock.

    • GAME
      Trailer

FOLLOW THEIR JOURNEYS

Filmmaking is a complex undertaking. The journey, while ultimately satisfying, is often challenging and unpredictable. Through this series of five films, see how the four winners pursued their ideas from start to finish. Go behind the scenes with them and experience the ins and outs of the filmmaking process.

PART 1

IT ALL BEGINS WITH AN IDEA

What does it take to craft a good story? Alexis Michalik, Kev Cahill, Damian Walshe-Howling, and Jeannie Donohoe take us through their creative processes — what inspired them, the challenges they faced, and the insights they gained.

PART 2

Getting ready to shoot

What goes into assembling a dream cast or finding the perfect location? Find out just how much preparation was needed before filming could commence.

PART 3

Turning an idea into reality

Our directors have written their scripts and assembled their casts. Now filming can commence. Watch as they navigate through the challenges of capturing it all on camera.

PART 4

Putting it all together

Our directors have prepped and shot the movie. Now it’s time for the post-production magic to begin. Discover how editing contributes to the overall atmosphere of the film and elevates the story to a whole other level.

PART 5

Bringing it to an audience

With all the finishing touches in place, the film is finally complete and ready for an audience. Check out what happens when our producers and directors hit the international film festival circuit to promote their latest short films.

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