Applications are now open for the Eighth Annual Heath Ledger Scholarship, which will be awarded to an exceptional young Australian actor who possesses a rare and unique combination of talent and screen presence.

Established in 2008 in memory of Heath Ledger, who served as an ambassador for AiF, the Scholarship is open to all young and emerging Australian actors 18-35 years old. To date, $230,000 in Scholarship prizes has been awarded to help the winners with career and educational opportunities in the U.S.

The judge’s mission is to select a recipient that exhibits distinctive potential – as expressed by AiF President Simonne Overend, “The judges will be looking for an extraordinary young Australian actor with raw talent and charisma – someone who has the potential for real career longevity in Hollywood, not just the ‘next big thing’.”

The recipient will obtain a USD$10,000 cash fund, a two year Scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles, two flights on Virgin Australia, one to attend the announcement ceremony and a second flight when the winner is ready to transition their career to the United States, a 7-day Californian trip from Visit California, USD$5,000 worth of visa and immigration services from Raynor and Associates and $500 worth of Uber credit to get around LA. The Scholarship also includes mentorship from professionals in the industry.

Two runners up will receive a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles, where they can profile themselves in the US market, courtesy of Virgin Australia, and a Scholarship to attend Masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.

Applications are now open and will close on the date of Heath Ledgers birthday, Monday, April 4th 2016, at 6:00 PM (PST).

Apply now for full application instructions.

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