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The Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship


Previous HLSF recipient Tim Carlier had his debut feature film the absurdist comedy Paco screen its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2023.

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.

Co-chair of The Mercury Peter Hanlon created the Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship (HLSF) to honour his friend, film lecturer and filmmaker, the late Cole Larsen.

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, The Mercury and ILA.

This year will focus on projects that have already commenced or can guarantee completion in time for the 2024 Adelaide Film Festival (AFF).



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!

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.

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.

In-kind support from ILA valued at $5,000 including two days hire of the studio space including LED projection (if required).

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