AIF IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FINALISTS FOR
THE 2017 HEATH LEDGER SCHOLARSHIP
Following the LA premiere of documentary I Am Heath Ledger, a fundraising event for the AiF Heath Ledger Scholarship, Australians in Film announced the 2017 AiF Heath Ledger Scholarship finalists.
The Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship is awarded to an actor who exhibits distinctive and unique potential. The annual award is designed to kick-start the careers of emerging Australian actors in Hollywood and the scholarship's objective is to provide support that will help further their career.
The full list of finalist for the scholarship's ninth inception are: Dakota Shapiro (Dead Serious, The First Month, Arbiter Teaser, Daddy Issues), Daniel Monks (Marley, Someone; Go Happy Feet!, Are We Awake, Bodies), Hunter Page-Lochard (Cleverman, Around the Block, Wentworth, The Sapphires), Mitzi Ruhlmann (Killing Ground, Boys in The Trees, Hiding, The Code, Handyman, Yardbird), Mojean Aria (Suitcase, Call of the Void, The Bronx Bull, Aban & Khorshid, Double Take), Morgan Griffin (Bad Blood, Spin Out, San Andreas, Unbroken), Ratidzo Mambo (Glee, Moms, Blind Rage), Sam Delich (The Marshes, Gallipoli: The Power of Ten), Shalom Brune-Franklin (Thor: Ragnarok, Our Girl, Swiss Avalanche, Barracudal, Doctor Doctor), Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Hotel Mumbai, The Kettering Incident, Barracuda, Girl Asleep, 52 Tuesdays)
'This year we have been inundated with amazingly talented applicants for the Heath Ledger Scholarship. We are thrilled to announce the 10 finalists for 2017 and wish them all the best of luck. I'd like to encourage everyone to apply in the future. The scholarship is continually evolving and expanding each year and we are excited for the forthcoming 10th year anniversary.' - Kate Ledger, Heath Ledger's sister.
AiF President Kate Marks, 2016 HLS Recipient Ashleigh Cummings,
2009 HLS Recipient Oliver Ackland and Kate Ledger.
Last year's AiF Heath Ledger Scholarship winner, Ashleigh Cummings on receiving the award noted "Winning the Heath Ledger Scholarship has sowed such fertile soil for my growth in LA. Not only do I gain access to classes and resources from which I can expand my craft, but I receive a recognition in rooms that would have otherwise taken a lot longer to build, and I am surrounded by the most supportive and loving community at AiF." Cumming's latest film 'Hounds of Love' opens in U.S. cinemas May 12th.
The 2017 winner will be announced on 1st June in Los Angeles, decided by a judging panel that includes Naomi Watts (Allegiant, Insurgent, Birdman), Ryan Murphy (Writer / Prducer: Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck), Gary Oldman (Actor: The Dark Knight Rises, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Bruna Papandrea (Producer: Big Little Lies, Wilde, Gone Girl, Milk) Kimberly Peirce (Director: Carrie, Boys Don't Cry), Emile Sherman (Producer: Lion, The King's Speech), Jacqueline McKenzie (Love Child, The Water Diviner, Romper Stomper), Gregor Jordan (Director: Unthinkable, Buffalo Soldiers, Two Hands, Ned Kelly) and Ronna Kress (Casting Director: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Fault in Our Stars, Deadpool).
PLEASE SUPPORT AND DONATE TO
THE HEATH LEDGER SCHOLARSHIP
Your generous donation will go directly towards the education
and career development of emerging Australian talent and the future of Australian cinema.
Benefactors to the program include the Ledger family, Michelle Williams,Rose Byrne, Vince Vaughn, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman, Liam Hemsworth,Alex O'Loughlin, Deborra-Lee Furness, Phil Noyce, Baz Luhrmann,Catherine Martin,Gregor Jordan & Nicole Kidman
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.
With the support our Presenting Partners, Qantas, Visit California, Ausfilm and Screenwise Film & TV School for Actors, the recipient will receive
Benefactors to the program include the 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 and Nicole Kidman and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Last year's winner Ashleigh Cummings will be seen in the upcoming feature Pork Pie, to be released by Studiocanal on 4th May in Australia.
JAMES MACKAY - Upcoming Dynasty, The Dressmaker, Hacksaw Ridge and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
RYAN CORR - Upcoming Mary Magdalene, The Water Diviner, Holding the Man, Hacksaw Ridge and a season at the Sydney Theatre Company in Arcadia.
BELLA HEATHCOTE - Dark Shadows, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the box office record smashing Fifty Shades of Grey.
OLIVER ACKLAND - Wasted on the Young, The Proposition, and can currently be seen in the TV series The Originals.
CODY FERN - War Horse, The Last Time I Saw Richard, most recently cast in the Tribes of Palos Verdes opposite Jennifer Garner, and will also direct and star in Pisces, opposite Keir Gilchrist, produced by Nancy Grant.
ANNA MCGAHAN - Logie Award nominee who has just been announced to star in the remark of the iconic Picnic at Hanging Rock, Anzac Girls, House Husbands, The Doctor Blake Mysteries.
As in previous years, the 2017 judging panel will comprise influential actors, casting agents and industry executives. Past judges have included actors Toni Collette, Abbie Cornish, Colin Farrell, Miranda Otto, Vince Vaughn, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Rachel Griffiths, Ben Mendelsohn and Wes Bentley, producer Basil Iwanyk, head of casting at Paramount Joseph Middleton, directors Phillip Noyce, Gregor Jordan, Catherine Hardwicke and Kieran Darcy-Smith, Head of Casting at DreamWorks Leslee Feldman, talent manager Will Ward, casting directors Nikki Barrett, Sherry Thomas and Laray Mayfield, talent agent Steve Alexander, Vice President of Feature Casting at Walt Disney Studios Randi Hiller, and former Warner Bros. President of Production Greg Silverman.
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