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.



Chair - Emma Cooper

Deputy Chair 

Treasurer - Peter Scarf

Executive Committee member - Simonne Overend

Board Members


Toby Borg - Head of Global Client Strategy Division, CAA
Jiao Chen VP of Creative Development Sony Pictures Entertainment
Emma Cooper - Producer
Rob Marsala - Talent Manager, Atlas Artist
Peter Scarf- Managing Director, Wyuna Ventures
Karen Robson - Partner, Pryor Cashman
Simonne Overend - Executive Producer
Penny Smallacombe - Producer, Bunya Productions
Bec Smith - Partner UTA
Richard Weinberg - CEO Terrace Tower Group

Australians in Film Foundation Board

Emma Cooper - Producer
Simonne Overend - Executive Producer
Peter Scarf   - Managing Director, Wyuna Ventures


Executive Director - Peter Ritchie
US Industry Consultant- Jennifer Kushner
Director of Membership & Programs - Isabel Pappani
Program and Office Assistant - Andrés Vergara


Jeff Duncan


AiF Homepage Stills by Court McAllister

Charlie's Stills by Hareth Tayem