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The American Australian Association (AAA) and the Australian International Screen Forum (the Screen Forum) have created a scholarship to foster international-based learning and career development opportunities for the next generation Australian filmmakers.

The award will be given to an up-and-coming Australian director who demonstrates talent, initiative and early momentum working in the Australian screen industries and who has a professional development proposal that includes a desire to build international career opportunities and to learn from practical experience in the United States.


The Screen Scholarship is open to Australians who are at the early stages of their careers as a director, including those with experience in making shorts, feature films, documentary films, or television or digital works, and includes graduates from Australian film and screen arts schools as well as those working independently.

The successful applicant will receive a grant for a customized program of development in the United States for up to three (3) months in duration and will be expected to deliver significant benefits to the grant holder and to the wider Australian screen community.

The Screen Scholarship includes placement on a screen project in the United States by the Screen Forum, and will include on-set experience.

The award includes a grant of up to USD 10,000. The grant covers the costs of airfare, visas, insurance, accommodation and a per diem for living expenses.  


  • The scholarship is open to directors who are considered emerging or at the early stages of their directing career with a demonstrated achievement and dedication to their craft.

  • Applicant must be an Australian citizen.

  • Applicant must be over 18 years of age at the time of application.

  • Must have current passport and take responsibility for obtaining any U.S. visa that may be required.


Application Instructions

Applicants are asked to submit the below information via the email address listed below.

  • Basic information

  • Bio / CV

  • Career statement

  • Credits and awards including festival screenings

  • Reel or samples of work

  • At least two (2) references from recognized authorities in the arts or entertainment industry

  • IMDB profile or equivalent links

Applications close March 05, 2019 at 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

To apply, email


Questions? Email

The award will be announced at the Screen Forum at Lincoln Center during March 19-22, 2019

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