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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.

Applications are now OPEN.


GatewayLA is a script development program for film and television writers. It aims to develop audience-driven, Australian-created content for US and international audiences, with the aim to spotlight and promote a select list of screenplays. 

Applications for the current program are now CLOSED. Info


Australians in Film is the industry association for Australian entertainment professionals in Los Angeles. 

We hold over 40 programs and events a year, ranging from scholarships, labs, seminars and industry screenings. AiF welcomes both Australian and American film and television industry professionals and companies to become members.

Kate Ledger talks about the significance of the Heath Ledger Scholarship

2017 marks nine years since the untimely death of Academy Award winning actor Heath Ledger, but according to Heath's family, the scholarship named in his memory is a wonderful legacy and a fitting tribute to his legendary kindness, generosity and creative spirit.
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More information and the application form can be found here.

Australians in Film presents Aura, an annual journal of new Australian screen talent, edited by Kylie Speer.

Pick up a copy of the publication at Longshot Coffee, Bronzed Aussie or the Australian Consulate-General, Los Angeles.

Applications now open for the Greg Coote Scholarship offering a placement in a FremantleMedia long-form broadcast drama writers’ room 

Screen Queensland (SQ), along with Australians in Film, the Queensland Writers Centre and FremantleMedia are thrilled to announce applications for the Greg Coote Scholarship are now open. This year’s Greg Coote Scholarship will create an opportunity for an experienced, Queensland screen industry creative with a passion for long-form broadcast drama to be placed in a FremantleMedia television production’s writers’ room based in London or Europe.

Continue reading here.

Actress Rebel Wilson, Filmmakers James Wan and Sir Ridley Scott and Film Executive Greg Basser to be honored by Australians in Film at the 2016 AiF Awards


Wilson will receive the inaugural Screen NSW Annette Kellermann Award, honoring trailblazing Australian women in Hollywood, at the October 19th Awards Show Event in Los Angeles

Australians in Film Announce GatewayLA Script Submissions Open 

Last year’s winning script CARGO has just begun production in South Australia, with Martin Freeman in the lead 

Writer and director Yolanda Ramke on what the win meant for her





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.


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

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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. 

Read about the recipients

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.”

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