2014 Heath Ledger Scholarship Applications Now Open

Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship is Now Open
Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship is Now Open
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Feb. 20, 2014 - PRLog -- Los Angeles, CA (February 20, 2014) - Australians in Film, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that serves as the industry guild for Australian filmmakers and performers in the US, announced that applications are now open for the sixth annual Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship. The scholarship is open to any emerging Australian actor to further their career and training in the US and provides over $20,000 in prizes for the winner.

Applications are open now and will be available until April 4, 2014 at www.australiansinfilm.org. The winning recipient will be announced at the AiF’s second annual Heath Ledger Scholarship Dinner in June.

The scholarship—established in 2008 in memory of Australian actor Heath Ledger, who served as an ambassador for the organization—includes a return flight to Los Angeles on Virgin Australia, a 10-day California trip from Visit California, a complimentary lifetime membership to StarNow, one year of acting classes at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre, a VIP casting package, and $10,000 cash, affording talented young Aussies the opportunity to establish themselves in the heart of the entertainment industry, and reach an international audience.

Kim Ledger, father of the late AiF ambassador, will again assume the role of Patron in honor of his son, ensuring that the Heath Ledger Scholarship program continues to thrive, and that emerging Australian actors will always have a shot at the major international market. “As Patron of the Heath Ledger Scholarship, I welcome applications for the 2014 awards from those seeking to begin or progress a future within the film arts industry based in Los Angeles. The Committee will start reviewing these applications in April and our experienced Judging panel will select an appropriate candidate for announcement in early June, “ said Ledger. “On behalf of the Ledger family and the Australians in Film Scholarship Team, we warmly wish all applicants much success in their future endeavors.”

Previous recipients of the scholarship include James Mackay (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Ryan Corr (Not Suitable for Children), Oliver Ackland (The Slap, Cloudstreet) and Anna McGahan (House Husbands).  Benefactors to the program include the Ledger family, Michelle Williams, Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, Alex O’Loughlin, Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness, Phil Noyce and Baz Luhrmann.

James Mackay stated, “Receiving the Heath Ledger Scholarship is an incredible honor. It has been a huge boost in momentum and profile - the kind of intangible factors that are invaluable in the early years of a career. Thanks to the resources of the Scholarship, I am now able to base myself in LA, and begin the process of building a career and a working life in the US - I cannot overstate my gratitude for this. This award, in such a short space of time, has become recognized within the industry not only as a vibrant and fitting monument to one of our greatest actors, and a symbol of remarkable opportunity for emerging Australian actors; but also as an expression of the support that Australians in Film offers to the wider community of Australians working in the American industry.”

As in the past, the 2014 judging panel will consist of influential actors, casting agents and industry executives. Past judges have included actors Jude Law and Rachel Griffiths, directors Gregor Jordan and Catherine Hardwicke, Wes Bentley, Actor; Ann Fay, Casting Director; Gregor Jordan, Director (Ned Kelly); Leslee Feldman, Head of Casting at Dreamworks; Will Ward, Manager; Nikki Barrett, Casting Director; Kieran Darcy-Smith, Director (Wish You Were Here) and Steve Alexander, Talent Agent, and Warner Bros. President of Production, Greg Silverman.

"It is important to us at Australians in Film to foster growth and filmmaking within our own community,” explained Australians in Film President Tracey Vieira. “The Heath Ledger Scholarship allows for Australian filmmakers to grow their work within the film business."

For applications and additional information please visit www.australiansinfilm.org. Australians in Film 2014 Heath Ledger Scholarship is sponsored by: Virgin Australia, Visit California, StarNow, Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre, Raynor & Associates Immigration Lawyers, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, Rosemount Estate, Animal Logic and Screenwise Film & TV School for Actors. In addition, AiF annual sponsors are Virgin Australia, Stacey Testro International, Ausfilm, Protea Group International, Branding Iron Worldwide and Australian Film and Television Radio School.


Founded in May 2001, in celebration and support of Australian film and television artists and their work, the Los Angeles based non-profit organization holds regular screenings, seminars and labs, and currently has over 500 members. For further information please visit www.australiansinfilm.org.

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