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  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:00 AM | Carly Einfeld (Administrator)

    Headlining the list of judges for 2017 are: Naomi Watts (Birdman, The Impossible, 21 Grams and Mulholland Drive), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Sid & Nancy), Emmy, Peabody, and Golden Globe award-winning executive producer, writer and director, Ryan Murphy (Feud, American Crime Story, Glee, American Horror Story); producer Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl, Wild, Big Little Lies and upcoming The Nightingale); Oscar-winning producer Emile Sherman (The Kings Speech, Lion, Top of the Lake and upcoming Mary Magdalene); executive producer, director, writer Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry, Stop- Loss, Carrie and upcoming Jill Soloway's series I Love Dick); director Gregor Jordon (Two Hands, Ned Kelly and the upcoming Tim Winton's Dirt Music), actress Jacqueline McKenzie (The Water Diviner, Without a Trace, NCIS: Los Angeles) and EVP Feature Casting, 20th Century Fox Ronna Kress (Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pirates of Caribbean).

    'Heath Ledger was one of the top actors of his generation. I am grateful and honored to be asked by AiF and the Ledger family to be on the judging panel for this year's scholarship. I am excited to see some of the new and remarkable young acting talent coming out of Australia right now', commented Ryan Murphy. 

    It was also announced that Susie Dobson, the founder of the scholarship and casting director Ann Fay, one of the original judges, would join Kim Ledger as Official Patrons of the scholarship. 

    Established in 2008 in memory of Australian actor Heath Ledger, who served as an ambassador for the organization, the Scholarship is open to all young and emerging Australian actors 18-35 years old. To date, $250,000 in Scholarship prizes has been awarded to help the winners with career and educational opportunities in the U.S.

    This year the recipient will be awarded a complete package of education, training, living and lifestyle support which includes  two return Qantas economy airfares from Australia to Los Angeles, a USD$10,000 cash fund, $5,000 rent assistance in Los Angeles, a $1,000 LA ride-sharing app credit, VIP tickets to film festivals in Los Angeles and California, a 7-day Californian trip from Visit California, group acting classes and personal coaching from Lisa Robertson Acting Studio and Nancy Banks, immigration services from Kate Raynor Associates, business management and US/Australian taxation advice from Protea Group International, Kitchen package from Breville, AiF membership including access to the creative workspace, Charlie's + Creative Collective at Raleigh Studios, personal mentoring from HLS Chair Felicity Price and committee member Damon Herriman, yoga classes from Yogaworks and gym classes from Trainingmate.

    Kate Ledger, sister of Heath and AiF Board member added: “The objective of the scholarship is to ‘smooth the way’ and ‘open doors’ allowing the recipient to focus all their energy and efforts on getting work.” “It’s such a thrill to diversify casting in Hollywood and we encourage everyone to apply”.

    Applications are open until Tuesday 4th April at 6pm (PST) 

    The 2017 Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship Presenting Partners are: Qantas, Visit California, AusFilm, Screenwise Film TV School for Actors and NIXCo.

    Benefactors to the program include the Ledger family, Michelle Williams, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman, Rose Byrne, Vince Vaughn, Liam Hemsworth, Alex O'Loughlin, Deborra-Lee Furness, Phillip Noyce, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Gregor Jordan, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Nicole Kidman.

    ABOUT QANTAS

    Qantas is Australia's largest domestic and international airline connecting Australians to the world in comfort, style and ease. It is widely regarded as one of the world's most respected full-service airlines and one of the strongest brands in Australia, with an outstanding reputation for excellence in safety, customer service, operational efficiency and technical innovation. The Qantas network spans 46 countries across Australia, Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Europe and Africa. The US is one of Qantas's most popular routes, with its first Trans-Pacific flight taking place in 1954 to San Francisco.

    ABOUT VISIT CALIFORNIA 

    Visit California is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs in partnership with the state's travel industry that keep California top-of-mind as a premier travel destination. According to Visit California, travel and tourism expenditures total $106.4 billion annually in California, support jobs for 917,000 Californians and generate $6.6 billion in state and local tax revenues. 

    ABOUT SCREENWISE

    Screenwise - Australia's Leading Film TV School for Actors - provides specialist, career-focused training in acting for the screen by employing the creme de la creme of industry professionals - award-winning actors, directors casting consultants who are articulate and inspirational teachers. Overseen by Denise Roberts, Screenwise offers full-time and part-time intensive creative and technical screen acting programs which are up-to-date with Australian and International film industry standards. Screenwise continues to be at the forefront of acting education nationally and internationally offering the very best the industry has to offer. The school is committed to producing Screen Actors of the highest international calibre who understand the importance of their profession and the responsibility that comes with it. www.screenwise.com.au 

    ABOUT AUSFILM 

    Ausfilm promotes Australia's Federal Screen Production Incentive Scheme, locations and capabilities to assist international filmmakers and studios to make their productions in Australia. Ausfilm is an Australian industry-government partnership. It comprises Australia's federal and state governments, the major studios, production service providers and leading post, sound, music and visual effects facilities. Ausfilm has offices in Los Angeles and Sydney. For more information visit www.ausfilm.com 

    ABOUT NIXCO 

    NIXCo is Australia's leading independent film and entertainment PR agency, established in 1998 by company director Fiona Nix. With Fiona at the helm and over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, the NIXCo team provide a broad range of professional public relations services to a wide spectrum of clients including Australian and international film, home entertainment and television production companies and distributors. The team also maximise the impact of events in the media landscape and offer discreet media management for talent, government bodies and corporations when it is needed. Providing individually tailored campaigns, NIXCo has vast experience in all elements of publicity, promotions and marketing and most recently, has moved to create engaging campaigns in the digital media space. For more information, email: info@nixco.com.au


  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:17 AM | Carly Einfeld (Administrator)

    AIF'S HEATH LEDGER SCHOLARSHIP 2017 PRIZES ANNOUNCED

    A complete package of education, training, living, health and lifestyle prizes

    to manage and navigate life in Los Angeles

    Australians in Film are excited to announce some of the prizes that will be awarded to the winner of this year's 9th AiF Heath Ledger Scholarship.

    This year's scholarship will include, a complete package of education, training, living, health and lifestyle support in Los Angeles.

    The winner will be announced at an intimate dinner in Los Angeles on June 1st, which will be attended by members of the Ledger family.

    Applications for this year's scholarship close on Heath Ledger's birthday Tuesday, 4th April. 

     

     

    With the support our Presenting Partners, Qantas, Visit California, Ausfilm and Screenwise Film & TV School for Actors, the recipient will receive

    • Two return Qantas economy airfares from Australia to Los Angeles
    • Visit Californian 7 Day Californian trip
    • US$10,000 towards a living allowance in Los Angeles
    • US$5,000 rent assistance in Los Angeles
    • US$1,000 ride-sharing app credit to be used in Los Angeles
    • Group Acting classes and personal coaching from Lisa Robertson Studio and Nancy Banks Studio
    • Immigration services from Kate Raynor & Associates
    • Business management and US|Australian taxation advice from Protea Group International
    • Kitchen appliance package, including Juice Fountain Elite, Barista Express, Smart Oven Pro and Boss Blender from Breville
    • Yoga classes from YogaWorks
    • Gym classes from Training Mate
    • VIP tickets to Palm Springs International Film Festival & AFI Fest
    • AiF membership, which includes access to the creative workspaces, Charlie's + Creative Collective at Raleigh Studios
    • Personal mentoring by Heath Ledger Scholarship Chair Felicity Price and Committee Member Damon Herriman
    • Other vouchers from Alfred's Coffee, The Den Meditation and Cinespia, plus more to be announced.

    Commenting on the prizes; AiF Board member and Heath's sister Kate Ledger said; "Los Angeles is big and exciting, but definitely a challenge. What the Heath Ledger Scholarship does, and Australians in Film do in general, is help navigate the physical and emotional terrain of Hollywood."

    "California is a place where dreams are born, and also why so many Australian actors aspire to make it there" Kate continues.

    "The scholarship, with the support of our family, is expanding every year to offer a complete education, training, and lifestyle package. We want to ensure the Scholarship takes advantage of all the opportunities that Los Angeles has to offer."

    Over eight year's the scholarship has awarded over $250,000 worth of cash and prizes. 

    ABOUT QANTAS

    Qantas is Australia's largest domestic and international airline connecting Australians to the world in comfort, style and ease. It is widely regarded as one of the world's most respected full-service airlines and one of the strongest brands in Australia, with an outstanding reputation for excellence in safety, customer service, operational efficiency and technical innovation. The Qantas network spans 46 countries across Australia, Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Europe and Africa. The US is one of Qantas' most popular routes, with its first Trans-Pacific flight taking place in 1954 to San Francisco.

    ABOUT VISIT CALIFORNIA

    Visit California is a nonprofit organisation with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs - in partnership with the state's travel industry - that keep California top-of-mind as a premier travel destination. According to Visit California, spending by travelers totaled $117.5 billion in 2014 in California, generating 1,027,000 jobs in the state and $9.3 billion in state and local tax revenues. For more information about Visit California and for a free California Official State Visitor's Guide, go to www.VisitCalifornia.com.au. For story ideas, media information, downloadable images, video and more, go to media.visitcalifornia.com.

    ABOUT AUSFILM

    Ausfilm promotes Australia's Federal Screen Production Incentive Scheme, locations and capabilities to assist international filmmakers and studios to make their productions in Australia. Ausfilm is an Australian industry-government partnership. It comprises Australia's federal and state governments, the major studios, production service providers and leading post, sound, music and visual effects facilities. Ausfilm has offices in Los Angeles and Sydney. For more information visit www.ausfilm.com.

    ABOUT SCREENWISE

    Screenwise - Australia's Leading Film & TV School for Actors - provides specialist, career-focused training in acting for the screen by employing the crème de la crème of industry professionals - award-winning actors, directors & casting consultants who are articulate and inspirational teachers. Overseen by Denise Roberts, Screenwise offers full-time and part-time intensive creative and technical screen acting programs which are up-to-date with Australian and International film industry standards. Screenwise continues to be at the forefront of acting education nationally and internationally offering the very best the industry has to offer. The school is committed to producing Screen Actors of the highest international calibre who understand the importance of their profession and the responsibility that comes withit.

     www.screenwise.com.au

    ABOUT NIXCo

    NIXCo is a global arts and entertainment consultancy specialising in strategic public relations and marketing. Established in 1998 by company director Fiona Nix, who has over 25 years' experience in the entertainment industry, the team at NIXCo are skilled and dedicated PR and marketing professionals that deliver strategic, results-driven communications solutions for a wide range of clients such as Australian and international film and TV creators, screen businesses and world-renowned cultural events.


  • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 4:05 PM | Carly Einfeld (Administrator)

    Photo by Frances AndrijichIt has been nine year’s since Academy award winner actor Heath Ledger passed away in New York, but Heath’s family feels that the scholarship named in the great actor’s memory is wonderful legacy and a fitting tribute to his legendary kindness, generosity and creative spirit. 

    Speaking from Perth, Heath’s sister Kate Ledger, who joined the Australians in Film board last year says; “Honestly it still feels like yesterday for me, but I feel so passionate about the industry and helping Australian actors. Working closely with AiF has been a wonderfully cathartic experience for our whole family.” 

                                 Photo by Frances Andrijich

    “Seeing the struggles that Heath went through in making the transition from Australia to the U.S. with his international career and knowing the generosity of spirit he always showed in wanting to help out his Aussie mates, it’s really important to us that we continue that legacy.” 

    Kate continues “It started really in an unofficial way with Heath helping out his fellow Aussie actors.” 

    “He was always so generous with sharing his success around – there were 30 keys to his house in Los Feliz, and everyone was welcome,” Kate recalls. 

    “He was really genuine in his desire to help his mates who he never thought of as rivals. He believed there was room for everyone and I just loved that about him.” 

    Australians in Film is continuing that tradition with the opening of Charlie’s and next month with the opening of the new member’s workspace The Creative Collective. “Australian actors coming to Los Angeles for pilot season can find the city very isolating and competitive, and AiF, following the lead of Heath’s generous spirit will be curating events and |screenings for its members to connect,” Kate says. 

    “I think that if there had been access to a network of industry people and contacts in the US at the time it would have been a great leg up for Heath” Kate says. “Leaving home at 17, driving across the Nullarbor to take that big leap into the acting world was gutsy enough, but then once establishing himself in Australia he then had to start all over again in the United States and that was a completely different ball game. It was such a monumental transition.” 

    “It’s amazing to meet these young actors that are so full of fire, energy and enthusiasm,” Kate says. “I remember the same qualities and traits in Heath when he was young. It’s exciting to watch their journeys and follow their careers. 

    On what it takes for a young actor to have career longevity in this competitive industry, Kate believes a number of very special qualities. “There are many aspiring actors around but it takes more than just talent. You have to be the complete package. “Presence, physicality, magnetism, and persistence”. 

    “One thing I distinctly remember about Heath is that his self belief never wavered,” Kate says. 

    “For a young emerging Australian actor, the Heath Ledger Scholarship is a great way to be introduced to Hollywood and the screen business.” 

    Applications for the 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship are currently open and close on the date that was Heath’s birthday, 4 April 2017.

    For more info and to apply visit http://www.australiansinfilm.org/heathledgerscholarship

  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:56 PM | Carly Einfeld (Administrator)


    “It’s really the best internship there is because it provides such an incredible opportunity.” –

    Lauren Brown

    “The internship provides an incredible opportunity for emerging Australian screen talent to connect with, and gain invaluable experience from, some of the industry’s most cutting-edge and creative filmmakers.” –

    Kate Marks President Australians in Film

    Brisbane-based producer Lauren Brown has been announced as the recipient of the annual Village Roadshow Animal Logic Internship for 2017 and will begin her three-month tenure at the offices of Village Roadshow Pictures and Animal Logic in Los Angeles this week.

     After an intensive selection and interview process, Lauren was awarded the coveted position based on the high quality of her application and experience working on a variety of short and long form projects within the Australian film industry.

    The placement marks Lauren’s first time visiting the United States but it was a case of three times a charm for her success in securing the role this year. “The Village Roadshow Animal Logic Internship is such a rare program and I’ve applied for it three times now because it’s an opportunity that just can’t be passed up,” she says.

    “For an emerging producer like myself, it’s really the best internship there is because it provides such an incredible opportunity to be in Los Angeles working with two amazing companies, whilst also getting some really great support while I’m here.”

    Prior to her move to Los Angeles, Lauren spent a week at Animal Logic’s offices at Fox Studios in Sydney and spent time on the set of Peter Rabbit. 

    A graduate from Griffith Film School – the same school Lion (2016) producer Angie Fielder, among many others, attended – with a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media and Masters in Screen Production, Lauren has worked as an independent creative producer for the last four years in Australia. Her most recent projects include the short films Fell (2014), which screened in competition at Flickerfest in 2015, and Gentleman (2016) which is currently in the middle of its festival run.

    As well as developing her own independent projects through her company Little Red Balloon Films, Lauren has worked for Brisbane-based production company Freshwater Pictures alongside producer Trish Lake, a mentor she says has been instrumental in guiding her career to date.

    Established in 2014, the internship forms part of AiF’s mission to serve as a bridge between the U.S. and Australian screen industries and is valued at $20,000. The program also covers living and travel expenses for recipients, as well as on-the-ground support and networking opportunities with the U.S. industry and office space at AiF’s brand new workspace The Creative Collective.

    Since its inception, the program has served as an invaluable launching pad for its previous recipients with last year’s intern Melanie Jayne currently working with WME in Los Angeles, while the inaugural intern Dave Edwardz is now based in London as a Previz Supervisor at The Third Floor Inc.

    Commenting on the success of the program, Kate Marks, President of Australians in Film said, “The internship provides an incredible opportunity for emerging Australian screen talent to connect with, and gain invaluable experience from, some of the industry’s most cutting-edge and creative filmmakers. We are thrilled for Lauren and look forward to supporting her as she embarks on this exciting new chapter in her career.”

    AiF would like to sincerely thank Village Roadshow Pictures and Animal Logic for their ongoing support of this invaluable program and wish Lauren all the best as she begins her tenure.


  • Monday, November 07, 2016 5:12 PM | Anonymous


    Abbie Cornish is set to star opposite John Krasinski in Amazon's drama series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

    The series is an adaptation of the action-packed spy thriller book series by American novelist Tom Clancy. 

    Unfolding over 10 episodes, the series follows Jack Ryan (Krasinski), an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time. He uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

    Cornish will play Jack Ryan's love interest, Cathy Mueller, a medical doctor who specializes in infectious diseases.

    Filming will take place next year in the U.S., Africa and Europe. 

  • Sunday, November 06, 2016 7:32 PM | Anonymous


    Jai Courtney is set to star opposite Amy Poehler in Netflix comedy series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. 

    The eight-episode series is a sequel to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, which was based on Michael Showalter and David Wain's 2001 cult hit movie 'Wet Hot American Summer'.

    The story takes play 10 years after the 2001 film and Courtney will play Garth MacArthur, a suave, indie movie actor on the rise. 

    Courtney joins an all star cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Molly Shannon, Lake Bell, Kristen Wiig, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo and others.

    Wain returns to helm the new series from scripts he co-wrote with Showalter.

    AiF honored Courtney last month with the Breakthrough Award. Check out photos from our exclusive event here

    Congrats, Jai!


  • Tuesday, November 01, 2016 7:47 PM | Anonymous

    Pictured: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and dir Gary Ross. Photo credit: ComingSoon.net

    Filming has begun in New York on Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures' Ocean's Eight starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina and Sarah Paulson.

    Bullock is starring as Danny Ocean's (George Clooney) ex-con sister, and Blanchett as her right hand woman. They bring together a team of thieves to steal a necklace from the Met Ball.

    Directed by Gary Ross and produced by Ocean's Eleven director Steven Soderbergh, the female-driven spinoff of the Ocean's Eleven franchise will hit theatres on June 8, 2018. 

    Ross is directing from a script he co-wrote with newcomer Olivia Milch.

    Check out the on-set photos on comingsoon.net 

  • Tuesday, November 01, 2016 6:50 PM | Anonymous


    Brenton Thwaites is set to lead the cast of Franck Khalfoun's action thriller Entry Level.

    Thwaites, who received the AiF Breakthrough Award in 2014, will play Marcus Delany, a young man who mysteriously awakens in a super high-security office building. He is forced by an unknown stranger to complete a strictly timed series of dangerous tasks that implicate him in a deadly crime with global consequences.

    The film is written by Benjamin Hurley and the producers are Craig Perry and Sheila Taylor (the Final Destination and American Pie franchises) of Practical Pictures and Tannaz Anisi, President of 13 Films.

    “We couldn’t be happier to have Brenton as our leading man,” said Perry and Taylor.

    “Audiences worldwide are going to be thoroughly entertained by this fast-paced action thriller.”

    “Brenton is an amazingly talented actor,” said Anisi. “We are beyond excited to see him physically and emotionally anchor this suspenseful script.”

    Check out photos taken at the exclusive 2014 AiF Awards ceremony, which included the Breakthrough Awards, here.

    Congrats, Brenton!

  • Monday, October 31, 2016 5:35 PM | Anonymous


    Photo credit: Splash News

    Eric Bana is set to star opposite Academy Award® Winner Forest Whitaker in The Forgiven.

    The drama is an adaptation of Michael Ashton's play 'The Archbishop and the Antichrist'.

    Oscar-Golden Globes and BAFTA nominated director Roland Joffé is directing from a script he co-wote with Ashton.

    The drama follows Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s (Whitaker) work as President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with a brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and redemption.

    Saban Films announced it had acquired the North American rights to the film last month.

    Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said: “The depth in The Forgiven is unnerving, something Roland Joffé is known for. Whitaker and Bana’s history of prestigious dramatic roles is something we know will translate into this film, they are experts within the genre and we’re eager to see their characters transform on-screen.”

    Joffé produced the film alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films, with financing being provided by The Fyzz Facility.

    The film is currently in production. 

    Congrats, Eric!


  • Friday, October 28, 2016 7:22 PM | Anonymous


    Writer-director Michael Winnick's horror flick, Malicious, starring AiF member Bojana Novakovic is set to be shopped to buyers at the American Film Market this week. 

    According to Deadline who broke the news, Novakovic's fellow cast members include Josh Stewart, Delroy Lindo and Yvette Yates.

    The film follows a young college professor and his pregnant wife (Novakovic) who find and open an antique box in their new home, and unwittingly releasing a malevolent entity with murderous intentions.

    The AFM will run from November 2 - 9 in Santa Monica, California. 

    Malicious is currently in post production and is looking at a mid-2017 release. 

    Congrats, Bojana!!

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