Jon-Claire’s “Budget & Co” makes finalist list in national comp

Sydney Talent Company is very honoured that our short film Budget and Co – The Homeless Effect has been selected as a finalist in the “Screen My Shorts Awards – Project Homeless Film Competition” presented by Screen My Shorts Inc. and the Parramatta City Council.  Budget & Co is a comedy about one day in an advertising agency, which is trying to desperately avoid bankruptcy by coming up with a winning “homeless week” advertising campaign. The agency’s decision makers  are, of course, totally clueless about what to do, so they come up totally improbably but hilarious ideas.  

 Our Cast: Martin Shaynd, Annette Labriola, Agustin Lamas, Albert Goldingay, Miguel Sebastian, David Lang, Josie Lamb, Elizabeth Victory, Anthony Calabrisello, Shaun Loratet, Marisa Newnes, Rick Alderton, Jessica Victory. 
Our Production Crew: Cinematographer – Dion Wilton; Sound Recordist – Pradeep Maduri; Production Managers – Christie Lee & Daniel Sassen; Producers – Jeamin Lee and Jon-Claire Lee
Production written, edited and directed by Jon-Claire Lee


The Competition Awards Night is 11 July and the festivities will be held at the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.



Short film challenge to raise global awareness about the Homeless… Who will take out the coveted boxer shorts trophy and receive $5,000 cash?

Screen My Shorts are calling out to filmmakers who wish to participate in a global film challenge to raise awareness about the Homeless.

Run in partnership with Parramatta City Council, Screen My Shorts: Project Homeless is open to filmmakers, animators, machinimatographers and documentary makers from across the planet, who are invited to produce a 3 – 10 min short film on the one theme: the Homeless.

Screen My Shorts Australia Director Tom Papas said Project Homeless is expected to draw thousands of entrants from more than 100 cities including New York, Beijing and Paris.

“Filmmakers from all over Australia are invited to compete in Project Homeless, which provides an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to get their work  recognised on a global scale.” 

All filmmaking teams will be allocated one of 20 topics to explore in relation to the Homeless, such as current refugee situations, LGBT intolerance, homeless by choice, gambling, economic pressures and returning war veterans.

The official Filmmaking Period begins at 7pm Friday 11 April, 2014 local time in each participating city. This is when teams are allocated a subject and line of dialogue, which relate to the central theme in their short film. Filmmakers must finish uploading their film by Midnight, Sunday 11 May, 2014.

The completed films will be judged by an expert panel and the finalists will screen at the Screen My Shorts Awards ceremony, taking place at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta on Friday 11 July, 2014

Who will take out the coveted boxer shorts trophy and receive $5,000 cash? From the registration fees collected, Screen My Shorts will donate 25% to a worthy cause that is relevant to the theme.

Project Homeless was purposely designed as a global event for filmmakers to participate, contribute and raise awareness whilst giving them opportunities to develop their craft. Their creative works then become a community resource for education, entertainment and inspiration.