AUSTRALIANS IN FILM & QANTAS ANNOUNCE MAJOR PARTNERSHIP
AiF GETS ONBOARD WITH QANTAS AS OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER AND TITLE SPONSOR OF 2016 AiF AWARDS
The Fifth Annual AiF Awards will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 - Australians in Film (AiF) and Qantas, Australia's leading airline, today announced a major partnership which will see Qantas become the official airline partner and sponsor of the Los Angeles based non-profit organization that supports and promotes the Australian screen industry in Hollywood.
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Australians in Film to honor Actor Jai Courtney and Director Garth Davis with FOXTEL Breakthrough Awards at the 2016 AiF Awards and Benefit Dinner in Los Angeles. Tim Minchin will host the annual awards presentation at NeueHouse Hollywood on Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Emerging talent to be mentored by acclaimed Australians from such projects as Gone Girl, Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Master Chef
Australians in Film and Screen Australia Announce the Recipients of the MentorLA program.
Producer Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl, Wild); writer/director Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Collateral); Emmy award-winning production designer Deborah Riley (Game of Thrones) and President, Unscripted Television at Endemol Shine USA, Eden Gaha (Master Chef, The Biggest Loser) have chosen their mentees.
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HFPA supports the Heath Ledger Scholarship with generous donation to the program
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has joined the star-studded list of benefactors, including Michelle Williams, Baz Luhrmann, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth supporting the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship for 2017 with a generous donation of US$5,000.
Australians in Film announce Kate Ledger to join the AiF Board, Kate Marks becomes President and Tracey Vieira resigns to join AiF Board of Advisors
AiF Chairman Simonne Overend today announced a range of board changes, effective immediately. Kate Ledger, former film publicist for Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios and sister of late actor Heath Ledger is joining the AiF board, EVP of International Production at Ausfilm, Kate Marks becomes President, and board member and former Chairman, Tracey Vieira, currently CEO of Screen Queensland resigned from the board to join the AiF Board of Advisors.
Queensland Writer/Producer wins prestigious Greg Coote Scholarship, will be mentored by high-profile Executive Producer on top-rated US show
Writer/Producer Megan Doneman
has been awarded the inaugural Greg Coote Scholarship, established by Screen Queensland and Australians in Film, with a prize of $30,000 to support her placement on hit US television show NCIS: Los Angeles. Megan will be mentored by high-profile executive producer Shane Brennan, creator of NCIS: Los Angeles
(CBS), in the Los Angeles writers’ room for the next series of the top-rating show. Megan was selected after a competitive search of Queensland’s creative talent.
AiF opens dedicated work & networking space, "Charlie's" in Hollywood for Australian filmmakers
Australians in Film is proud to open ‘Charlie’s’, a bespoke hub for the Australian film-making community in Los Angeles, offering a unique creative workspace for AiF industry members to conduct business, collaborate and network. Named after Charlie Chaplin and located at the historic Raleigh Studios, in the heart of Hollywood where Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks made films and frequently played cards, ‘Charlie’s’ has been co-funded by Screen Queensland, Screen NSW, AFTRS and Film Victoria as an invaluable home base for Australian film-makers while they are in Los Angeles.
Ashleigh Cummings named 2016 Heath Ledger Scholarship Recipient, Harley Bonner and Sara West named Runners Up
AACTA Award winning actress, Abbie Cornish (Limitless, Bright Star, Sucker Punch) who joined the judging committee for the first time this year, said, “Each of the twelve finalists are uniquely gifted and showcase the very best talent emerging from Australia today. They are all certain to have exciting, rewarding careers ahead. Ultimately, the quality of Ashleigh’s work to-date combined with her single-minded approach to fulfilling her acting potential made her the worthy recipient of this year’s award. We are all excited about the impact that winning this award will have on Ashleigh’s career and are eager to see the future work of runners up Harley and Sara.”