Founded in 2001, Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based non-profit film, television and digital content foundation that supports and promotes Australian screen talent and culture in the United States.

AiF hosts regular screenings and special events to celebrate the work of Australian content creators and talent. AiF’s career development and education programs include the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship, Mentor LA, Animal Logic Entertainment Internship, Greg Coote Fellowship, Gateway LA and The Writers Room.

AiF is based at Charlie’s, a shared workspace at the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Charlie’s a bespoke hub for business, collaboration and networking for the Australian screen community in Los Angeles.

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, producers and creatives and AiF’s board of advisors includes Academy Award ® winners and nominees and entertainment industry leaders. AiF’s industry steering committee includes active senior executives and creatives currently working in Hollywood.

AiF has the support of Screen Australia, Create NSW, Screen Queensland, Film Victoria, South Australia Film Corporation, AFTRS, as well as leading companies such as Qantas, Ausfilm, Animal Logic, Fox Studios Australia, Penfolds and Raynor & Associates. AiF has more than 700 members, mixing actors and filmmakers with key American industry members.

The Australians in Film Board is made up of local industry leaders with an interest in developing and supporting the Australian film and TV community in Los Angeles.


Chair - Simonne Overend

Deputy Chair -  Emma Cooper

Treasurer - Rob Marsala

Board Members

Eden Gaha - CEO, Mother Media Group
Emma Cooper
- CEO, International Celebrity Relations
Karen Robson - Partner, Pryor Cashman
Rob Marsala - Talent Manager, Atlas Artist
Simonne Overend - VP of Scripted Development at Essential Media and Entertainment

Australians in Film Foundation Board

Emma Cooper - CEO International Celebrity Relations
Eden Gaha - CEO, Mother Media Group
Simonne Overend - VP of Scripted Development, Essential Media & Entertainment
Rob Marsala - Manager Atlas Artists


Executive Director - Peter Ritchie
Director of Membership & Programs - Isabel Pappani
Manager of Strategic Partnerships - Adrien
Accounts- Andrew Arceri


Rickmeyer & Associates


AiF Homepage Stills by Court McAllister

Charlie's Stills by Hareth Tayem