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Australians in Film

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Los Angeles

Film and television industry organization

"Celebrating outstanding Australian filmmakers and performers in the United States while inspiring, uniting and developing the next generation."

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:

  • 2015 Matt Levett
  • 2014 Cody Fern
  • 2013 James Mackay
  • 2012 Anna McGahan
  • 2011 Ryan Corr
  • 2010 Bella Heathcote
  • 2009 Oliver Ackland
  • Breakthrough Award Winners:

  • 2015 Elizabeth Debicki
  • 2014 Margot Robbie and Brenton Thwaites
  • 2013 Jackie Weaver, Sullivan Stapleton, and Alex O'Loughlin
  • 2012 Liam Hemsworth and Yvonne Strahovski
  • 2011 Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer and David Michôd
  • 2010 Chris Hemsworth and Ryan Kwanten
  • International Honorees

  • 2015 Bruce Papandrea, Bill Mechanic and Dion Beebe
  • 2014 Greg Coote (formerly of Dune Entertainment), Anthony LaPaglia, Zareh Nalbandian (of Animal Logic), and Fred Baron (of 20th Century Fox)
  • 2013 Baz Luhrmann, Blue-Tongue Films and Steve Papazian (of Warner Bros.)
  • 2012 Harvey Weinstein and John Polson
  • References

    Australians in Film Wikipedia