Since its inception with one award for comedy in 2001, the Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program has grown to cover a range of awards for emerging artists across Melbourne.

In 2007 the Emerging Talent Program awarded four diverse emerging artists across various artistic genres. As part of their prize, each winner receives flights and accommodation to attend some of the world‚s great arts events, including the Edinburgh Fringe, Berlin Film Festival and Venice Biennale Vernissage.

Melbourne Airport is committed to providing the opportunities for Australia‚s most exciting new artistic talent to learn from the experience of attending some of the world’s most prestigious international arts events. “The goal of our awards is to put the careers of some of Australia‚s unique talents on the international map” said Mr Woodruff.

“We build the runways, terminals and physical infrastructure to support Victorian tourism, and the Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program is our way of contributing to the ‘cultural infrastructure’ of Victoria - one of the key tourism assets of our state,” said Mr Woodruff.

The Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program would like to congratulate all of the 2007 winners:

FILM | MELBOURNE AIRPORT EMERGING AUSTRALIAN FILMMAKER AWARD
Melbourne International Film Festival
2007 WINNER: Warwick Thornton - Nana

FRINGE | MELBOURNE AIRPORT “I’M OFF TO EDINBURGH” AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MELBOURNE NEWCOMER
The Age Melbourne Fringe Festival
2007 WINNER: Daniel Rabin - The Divine Carnival

VISUAL ART | MELBOURNE AIRPORT INNOVATOR AWARD
Linden, St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts
2007 WINNER: Paul Wrigley - The End of the World/Untitled Wall Drawing

COMEDY | MELBOURNE AIRPORT BEST NEWCOMER AWARD
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2007 WINNER: Josh Thomas - Please Like Me

Keep your eye on these inspirational young artists and expect wonderful things from them in the future. With the help of the Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program, they are on their way to becoming even brighter stars.

To find out more about the Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program including interviews with winning artists visit: www.melbourneairport.com.au/emergingtalent