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American Australian Association – Australian International Screen Forum Scholarship Open!

American Australian Association – Australian International Screen Forum Scholarship

The American Australian Association in partnership with the Australian International Screen Forum is excited to announce that applications are open for the co-branded scholarship designed to foster international-based learning and career development opportunities for the next generation of Australian filmmakers.

The US$10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an up-and-coming Australian director who will participate in a customized program of development in the United States for up to three (3) months.

The Screen Scholarship is open to Australian directors who are in the early stages of their careers, including those with experience in making shorts, feature films, documentary films, television, or other digital works. Recent graduates from Australian film and screen arts schools, as well as those working independently, are also welcome to apply. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals looking to build their international careers and learn from practical experience in the United States.

Applications will open on August 1. The scholarship will provide support to be used toward travel, living, accommodation, and other associated costs. The recipient is required to obtain a J1 visa or equivalent. The applicant may be currently located in Australia or the US but must be an Australian citizen. Dual citizens/residents are not eligible to apply.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.

Required Materials:

The following documents are required when applying to the Screen Forum Scholarship:

  • Artists Resume
  • Basic information
  • Bio / Career statement
  • Credits and Awards (including festival screenings)
  • Goals and Objectives of Artistic Development
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Reel or samples of work
  • Minimum of 2 References (a recognized authority in the arts or entertainment industry)
  • Supporting application information



To be eligible for the Screen Scholarship, application must:

  • Be considered emerging or early career directors with a demonstrated achievement and dedication to their craft.
  • Be an Australian citizen/permanent resident.
  • Be over 18 years of age at the time of application.
  • Be eligible for a visa that entitles them to a social security number (J1 or other).
  • Dual citizens/residents not eligible to apply.


Media Contact

For additional information on the American Australian Association please contact:

Libbi Swan, Chief Operating Officer

[email protected]


For additional information on the Australian International Screen Forum please contact:

Michael Kelleher, Executive Director

[email protected]



The American Australian Association is the leading privately funded nonprofit organization dedicated to deepening and strengthening cooperation and understanding between the institutions and people of the United States and Australia. Since 2002, the Association’s philanthropic scholarship and grant programs have awarded over US$15 million to more than 1,000 graduates, veterans, and artists. This investment has contributed to further advancing the careers of the next generation of leaders, developing international networks, and generating solutions that address the global issues of our time. For more information, please visit


The Australian International Screen Forum’s mission is to promote the screen arts, through the AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SCREEN FORUM IN NEW YORK CITY by exhibiting Australian films and connecting Australian film, television and digital screen producers and screen talent to U.S. film, television and digital producers and distributors in order to achieve broader exhibition of their screen works. The Australian International Screen forum also provides educational programs including career development programs for new and emerging screen artists through case studies, and conversations, sessions on financing, casting and pitching, and networking opportunities and mentoring with established practitioners of the screen arts. For more information, please visit

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