OUR STORY

Founded in May 2001, Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based non-profit film, television, and digital content foundation whose mission is to increase the quality and growth of Australian creativity globally by opening doors in Hollywood for its members and partners, via professional development programs, screenings, networking and industry sessions, either in person or online.

OUR BOARD

Our board of screen industry leaders generously donate their time and experience to steer our organizations mission and goals.

Emma Cooper

Emma Cooper

Chair

Founder & Producer Broadtalk

Samantha Lang

Samantha Lang

Deputy Chair

Producer - I Am That

Zareh Nalbandian

Zareh Nalbandian

Treasurer
Founder, CEO & Producer Animal Logic Entertainment

Toby Borg

Toby Borg

Head of Global Client Strategy CAA

nakkiah Lui

Nakkiah Lui

Creator/Actress/Publisher

Jiao Chen

Jiao Chen

VP of Creative Development
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Simonne Overend

Simonne Overend

Producer

Karen Robson

Karen Robson

Partner - Pryor Cashman LLP

Peter Scarf

Peter Scarf

Founder Managing Director Wyuna

Penny Smallacombe

Penny Smallacombe

Producer

Richard Weinberg

Richard Weinberg

Managing Director Terrace Tower Group

OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS

Tony Ayres

Tony Ayres

Showrunner & Filmaker (TAP Productions)

Laura Brown

Laura Brown

Producer, Host & Creative Consultant (LB Media)

Bec Smith

Bec Smith

Literary Manager (Anonymous Content)

Bruna Papandrea

Bruna Papandrea

Producer & Founder (Made UP Stories)

Charmaine Bingwa

Charmaine Bingwa

(Actress)

Emile Sherman

Emile Sherman

Producer & Co-founder (See-Saw Films)

OUR STAFF

Peter-Ritchie

Peter Ritchie

Executive Director

Isabel

Isabel Pappani

Director Membership Programs

Rachel

Rachel Harvey

Events, Partnerships and Operations Consultant

Llarua

Laura Baxter

Brand & Marketing Consultant

Krista Krista

Krista Carpenter

Industry Development Consultant

Andres

Andrés Vergara

Program and Office Coordinator

For our members, AiF hosts a number of screenings, online and in person networking events, and industry sessions.

During the COVID19 pandemic, AiF launched three tiers of Professional Development Programs – Untapped, Talent Gateway and Global Producers Exchange. These three programs, presented by Screen Australia, and supported by Screen NSW, VicScreen and South Australian Film Corporation, are available to anyone currently residing in Australia.

AiF also runs and manages the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship, which over the past 13 years have helped launched the international careers of a number of Australian actors. It is available to any Australian actor, 18 years or older.

AiF is based at Charlie’s, a shared workspace in The Writers Building at The Lot Studios in West Hollywood. Charlie’s is a bespoke hub for business, collaboration and networking for the Australian screen community in Los Angeles. It is funded by Screen NSW, VicScreen and South Australian Film Corporation. If you want to use the space, you need to contact our partners above.

Many AiF members are active voting members of groups such as: Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences; Screen Actors Guild; Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Director’s Guild of America.

AiF’s board of directors includes prominent industry executives and creatives.

AiF has the support of Screen Australia, Screen NSW, VicScreen, South Australian Film Corporation, as well as leading companies such as Ausfilm, Animal Logic and Raynor & Associates. AiF has more than 1500 members, mixing actors and filmmakers with key American industry members.