After months of sifting through applications and choosing one recipient for the, The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship has come to a conclusion at a morning event held at Murrook Culture Centre on Thursday 6 July.
Jahvis Loveday, a 22-year-old filmmaker from the Dyirbal tribe, who was born and raised on Bundjalung country, has received the $10,000 Scholarship to support his creative dreams and his passion for preserving and celebrating First Nations culture and story through film.
In an introductory video as part of his application, Loveday stated that he is honoured to receive the scholarship.
“Since high school, I’ve been obsessed with capturing memories and telling stories about myself, my family, and what culture and community means to us,” Jahvis said.
“Family is the building block of who I am today and the stories I want to tell.
“All my short films are about what I’ve experienced in my real life; expressing my culture or true stories about my family’s history.”
Loveday has already received recognition for his incredible work, with his film ‘Bangay Lore’ in which he played the lead role, directed, wrote and produced the film, receiving the Flickerfest Special Mention of the Jury for Australian Short Film at Flickerfest International Short Film Festival in Bondi 2023.
Jahvis will also get the opportunity to be mentored by broadcaster and TV producer Matt Field, while all other eight finalists will spend time sharing their craft and obtaining advice from their field’s mentor.
A bespoke issue of Façon Magazine was produced especially for this Scholarship, with Samantha Harris gracing the cover.
In celebration of The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship, the magazine features insights about each of the Scholarship finalists, interviews with the scholarship mentors such as Samantha Harris, Christine Anu, Saretta Art & Design and more, as well as reimagined fashion and beauty pages from Façon Magazine’s 2022 Dreaming Edition.