Call for entries - Australians In Film 2013 Heath Ledger Scholarship
AiF HEATH LEDGER scholarship now open, Kim Ledger announced as patron and prize package increased
ENTRY DEADLINE: 07/04/2013
Los Angeles-based Australians in Film (AiF), today announced that applications are now open for the fifth annual AiF HEATH LEDGER SCHOLARSHIP (HLS). The Scholarship is open to any emerging Australian actor to further their career and training in the US and provides over $20,000 in prizes for the winner.
For the 2013 Scholarship, Kim Ledger, Heath's father, has agreed to assume the role of Patron of the Scholarship to provide strategic oversight. In addition, $5000 worth of visa and immigration services has been added to the winners prize package.
The recipient of the primary scholarship will receive USD$10,000 in cash, a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles flying Australians in Film’s exclusive airline partner Virgin Australia, a one-year Scholarship to Stella Adler Acting School in LA, a trip around California for two from Visit California, a Showcast & Breakdown Services VIP casting package, and $5000 worth of visa and immigration services from Raynor and Associates. Two runners up will receive a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles courtesy of Virgin Australia plus a Showcast VIP casting package.
Applications are open now and will be available until April 7th, 2013 at www.australiansinfilm.org. The winning recipient will be announced at the AiF’s annual Australians In Film Awards & Benefit Dinner in Los Angeles on June 12, 2013.
Previous recipients of the Scholarship include Anna McGahan, who received a Logie nomination last year for her role in Underbelly: Razor. She currently can be seen in House Husbands on Channel 9. Ryan Corr (Packed to the Rafters); Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp) and Oliver Ackland (The Slap).
Anna McGahan stated, “I feel so honoured to be the recipient of the 2012 Heath Ledger Scholarship. I know the legacy of Heath - his life and his career - has inspired many young actors before me, but I value this opportunity so immensely. The HLS has given my career a scope and trajectory that I only dreamed was possible. I can now venture into Los Angeles with the support of Australians in Film and the Australian industry - and that sort of camaraderie is exactly what Heath was renowned for. I am excited to take on this challenge, so grateful for the support in my craft, and thrilled about the adventure I am undertaking.”
The Heath Ledger Scholarship is named in honor of Ledger who was an Ambassador for AiF before his untimely death in January 2008 and has the support of the Ledger family and friends.
"I am honored the Australians in Film Board and management team have invited me to consider the role of Patron for the Heath Ledger Scholarship. I humbly accept this responsibility. Making a start in entertainment can be a tough and unforgiving business in any country. I hope continuing this award with its consequential connections, offers the final recipient a little extra support in their pathway to success," says Ledger.
Past judges have included actors Jude Law, Rachel Griffiths, Jason Issacs and Frances O’Connor, film directors Gregor Jordan (Ned Kelly, Two Hands) and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Lords of Dogtown), Warner Bros Pictures President of production Greg Silverman, casting director Donna Issacson, ROAR manager Will Ward, talent agent Steve Alexander, and casting agents Ann Faye, John Papsidera, and April Webster.
Benefactors include Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness, Michelle Williams, Phil Noyce, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.
For applications and additional information please visit www.australiansinfilm.org. Australians in Film 2012 Heath Ledger Scholarship is sponsored by: Virgin Australia, AusFilm, Visit California, Raynor and Associates, Stella Adler Acting and Theatre and Showcast Breakdown Services. In addition, AiF annual sponsors are Virgin Australia, Brand Australia, Stacey Testro International, Ausfilm, Protea Group International, Branding Iron Worldwide and Getty Images.
About Australians in Film
Founded in May 2001, to celebrate and support Australian film and TV makers and their work, Los Angeles based non-profit Australians in Film has held over 100 screenings, premieres and special events and currently 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. For further information please visit www.australiansinfilm.org.
About Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia is proud to be the Presenting Partner and exclusive airline of Australians in Film. Flying non-stop between Los Angeles and Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Virgin Australia offers 33 lie-flat beds in International Business, 40 all-leather International Premium Economy seats and 288 International Economy seats – the widest across the Pacific. Virgin Australia also offers attentive in-flight service, two in-flight boutique bars, gourmet meals, generous legroom, state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment, and unique mood lighting. Once you’ve landed Down Under, Virgin Australia can fly you to more than 50 destinations within Australia and New Zealand.
For more information on Virgin Australia, please visit www.virginaustralia.com