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WHO WE ARE

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 programs include the Heath Ledger Scholarship, Mentor LA, Animal Logic Entertainment Internship, Gateway LA and Charlie's Labs.

AiF is based at Charlie’s, a shared workspace at the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Charlie’s is 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 and creatives.

AiF has the support of Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Screen Queensland, Film Victoria, AFTRS, University of Melbourne|Victorian College of the Arts, as well as leading companies such as Ausfilm, Animal Logic, Bird in Hand, Yowie Chocolates, Penfolds and Raynor & Associates. AiF has more than 700 members, mixing actors and filmmakers with key American industry members.

 

Leadership

Chair - Simonne Overend

Deputy Chair -  Emma Cooper

Treasurer - Rob Marsala

Board Members

 

Toby Borg - Head of Global Client Strategy Division, CAA
Emma Cooper
- Producer
Eden Gaha - CEO of Mother Media Group
Rob Marsala - Talent Manager, Atlas Artist
Unjoo Moon - Director
Karen Robson - Partner, Pryor Cashman
Simonne Overend - VP of Scripted Development at EQ Media Group
Penny Smallacombe - Head of Indigenous Screen Australia
Bec Smith - Partner UTA
Richard Weinberg - CEO Terrace Tower Group

Australians in Film Foundation Board

Emma Cooper - Producer
Simonne Overend - VP of Scripted Development, EQ Media Group
Rob Marsala - Manager Atlas Artists
Unjoo Moon - Director

Staff

Executive Director - Peter Ritchie
US Industry Consultant- Jennifer Kushner
Director of Membership & Programs - Isabel Pappani
Manager of Strategic Partnerships & Events - Adrien
Moscovici
Social Media and Events Coordinator- Chudi Wang
Accounts & Business Operations- Andrew Arceri
Program and Office Assistant - Sarah Liu

Finance

Jeff Duncan

Photography

AiF Homepage Stills by Court McAllister

Charlie's Stills by Hareth Tayem