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Charlie’s Grant

‘Cattle’ | Dir. Kerinne Jenkins

Charlie’s Grant is a partnership between AFTRS and Australians in Film (AiF) offering AFTRS alumni access to mentoring and connections in the US film and TV industry to assist with project development.

In 2021 four Charlie’s grantees will be selected from alumni applications for a three-month AiF ‘online desk’ virtual residency.

Participants will begin with an introductory meeting with AiF Staff, where they will share their short and long-term goals, along with key industry targets, interests, project and career plans. They will also be introduced to the AiF community via social media.

Three formal meetings will require participants to complete a template with their action items and outcomes, to be assessed and assisted by AiF staff Isabel Pappani, and/or Peter Ritchie and Jennifer Kushner. AiF will be available to participants throughout the residency for questions and will provide industry connections where applicable, along with general advice, recommendations relevant to specific projects, and career development.

The first two participants selected for Charlie’s Grant in 2021 have been announced. Tsu San Chambers and Samuel Herriman are the successful applicants and will commence working with AiF in early April. Read more.


Upcoming Dates

The third participant for 2021 will begin their virtual residency the week of 26 July and finish in mid-October. The fourth and final participant will commence the week of 6 September and conclude in early December.


How to Apply

Applications for the third and fourth residency will open on 18 May and close on 18 June.

To apply, tell us in 500 words why you need this virtual residency. Briefly describe your current project(s) and where they are up to in terms of development, as well as how you will use this virtual residency to further your career and the development of your projects.

Please include the following details in your email application –

  • Name
  • Course and year
  • Date of Birth
  • Email address
  • Best contact number
  • Postcode
  • Tell us how you will use this virtual mentorship in 500 words (Please include this in the email, rather than as an attached document)
  • Include a copy of your CV with your application

Send your application to Charlies.Info@aftrs.edu.au.


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ABOUT AUSTRALIANS IN FILM: Founded in 2001, Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based non-profit screen organization that supports its members with career development and education programs including the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship, Mentor LA, Village Roadshow/Animal Logic Entertainment Internship, Greg Coote Fellowship, Gateway LA and The Writers Room. AiF is based at Charlie’s, a shared workspace at the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Charlie’s is a bespoke hub for business, collaboration and networking for the Australian screen community in Los Angeles and it is where AiF holds its industry education programs.

Get more information about joining AiF here.
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