Cinereach, the non-profit media organisation set up in 2006 and dedicated to supporting socially-conscious film-making, has selected four young film-makers to take part in its 2009 Reach Film Fellowship Programme.

Now in its second year, the Fellowship is an intensive six-month programme that assigns mentors to help four promising film-makers take their projects from script or treatment through completion.

The four Fellows - Brendan McQueen, Jules Monteyne, Dena Greenbaum and Danielle Russell - will each receive a $5,000 grant and be paired with mentors including Sugar producer Jeremy Kipp Walker and The Woodsman director Nicole Kassell.

For the first time this year an additional $5,000 grant will be presented to the Fellow adjudged to have made the best film at the 2009 Reach Out celebration in spring 2009, where the winner's film will be screened. Kodak will also present an award.

'As young film-makers, we understand how difficult the transition can be from student to professional in the film industry,' Cinereach founder Phillip Engelhorn said.

'Our mission is to connect talented young people with resources and access to industry leaders to create films addressing tough issues. We are excited to see the four films develop over the next six months.'