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.
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.
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.
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.
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.