Region served Los Angeles
|Headquarters Los Angeles|
|Type Film and television industry organization|
Purpose "Celebrating outstanding Australian filmmakers and performers in the United States while inspiring, uniting and developing the next generation."
Location 5300 Melrose Avenue Hollywood CA 90038
Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that serves the Australian community working in the film and television industry.
Founded in May 2001, to celebrate and support Australian film and TV makers and their work, Los Angeles based non-profit Australians in Film holds monthly screenings, seminars and labs and has over 500 members. In 2008, Australians in Film established the annual Heath Ledger Scholarship in honor of the late actor who was an ambassador of the group.
The organization has the support of the Australian Government, Qantas, other entertainment organizations and many notable Australian actors who are Ambassadors for Australians in Film.
In 2012 the organization established an Annual Benefit Dinner to raise funds for scholarships and career development programs. Honorees at the first event included Harvey Weinstein and John Polson, for contributions to Australian Film. Breakthrough winners at the same event included Liam Hemsworth and Yvonne Strahovski. In 2013, Australians in Film launched the Orry-Kelly International Award for Australians that have achieved in the film and TV business overseas.
In 2015, Australians in Film announced that Foxtel will become the naming rights sponsor of the Breakthrough Awards.
The Chairman is SVP of Drama at Essential Media Simonne Overend and the President is Kate Marks, Executive Vice President International Production at Ausfilm.
Heath Ledger Scholarship Winners:
Breakthrough Award Winners: