FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 12, 2022, Los Angeles, CA – The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that Julia Corcoran will be the 2022 recipient of the Screen Australia-AAA-Onbass Fellowship, a full tuition scholarship to the AFI Conservatory. Corcoran is an emerging film and television producer from Sydney, Australia, and will enter the Master of Fine Arts producing program at AFI in the fall as part of the Class of 2024.
The Screen Australia-AAA-Onbass Fellowship at AFI was created in partnership with Screen Australia and the Onbass Family Trust, formed by Gentle Giant Media Group CEO Greg Basser and his wife Kiera O’Neill, and provides full tuition and fees, as well as some support for living expenses. The American Australian Association (AAA) joins as a continuing sponsor of the fellowship. As part of receiving the fellowship, Corcoran was recognized at the G’Day AAA Arts Gala, a celebration of the diverse contributions made by artists in advancing the friendship between America and Australia. The event raises money for the American Australian Association Arts Fund, which supports American, Australian, Native American and Indigenous Australian emerging artists undertake career development and cultural exchange.
“The Australian screen industry continues to show its prowess to the global industry. We are thrilled that Julia has been selected as the 2022 Fellow taking this unique opportunity to hone her already fine producing skills by studying in Hollywood’s backyard with the best of the best at the AFI Conservatory,” said Greg Basser.
Corcoran graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with honors in Communications (Media Arts and Productions) in 2015. She has since worked in-house at Sydney based production company, Jungle Entertainment, and freelanced in varying producing capacities on titles including MR INBETWEEN (2018 – 2021), JUDY & PUNCH (2019), TOP END WEDDING (2019), LOCATION SCOUTS (2019) and DOM & ADRIAN 2020 (2020). Corcoran recently began producing her own projects under the name Ripple Pictures working with a variety of exciting new talent.
“My passion to produce film and television is driven by the need to create characters that don’t fit into stereotypical boxes and bring them to the mainstream screens,” said Corcoran. “Studying producing at the AFI will enable me to further my education and broaden my creative and professional horizons.”
Previous recipients of the fellowship include cinematographer Meg White (AFI Class of 2021) and production designer Eleanora Steiner (AFI Class of 2023).
“Continuing to provide pathways for gifted filmmakers from around the world to study at the AFI Conservatory is more important than ever,” said Susan Ruskin, Dean of the AFI Conservatory and EVP of the American Film Institute. “Thank you to our partners at Screen Australia, the Onbass Family Trust and the American Australian Association for their dedication to expanding opportunities for Australian filmmakers to pursue their craft and artistry here at AFI. Partnerships like these are vital to ensure that storytellers from diverse backgrounds become the next generation of artists who define the art form.”
To learn more about the AFI Conservatory, visit AFI.edu.
About Screen Australia
Screen Australia is the Australian Federal Government agency charged with supporting the development, production and promotion of Australian scripted and documentary content. The agency funds productions for television, film and online. Screen Australia also administers Australia’s Official Co-production program, in addition to the Producer Offset tax rebate which assists eligible Australian and Official Co-productions to be made. The agency provides a range of resources and opportunities to the industry including access to research, market intelligence and special initiatives, such as its highly successful Gender Matters program. For more information visit screenaustralia.gov.au.
About American Australian Association
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$13 million to more than 900 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 americanaustralian.org.
About the American Film Institute (AFI)
The American Film Institute (AFI) is a nonprofit organization with a mandate to champion the moving image as an art form. Established in 1967, AFI launched the first comprehensive history of American film and sparked the movement for film preservation in the United States. In 1969, AFI opened the doors of the AFI Conservatory, a graduate-level program to train narrative filmmakers. AFI’s enduring traditions include the AFI Life Achievement Award, which honors the masters for work that has stood the test of time; AFI AWARDS, which celebrates the creative ensembles of the most outstanding screen stories of the year; and scholarly efforts such as the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive that preserve film history for future generations. AFI exhibition programs include AFI FEST, AFI DOCS and year-round exhibition at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Maryland. Other pioneering programs include workshops aimed at increasing diversity in the storytelling community, including the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and the AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women. AFI’s newest program is AFI Movie Club, a daily global engagement for those who love the movies. Read about all of these programs and more at AFI.com and follow us on social media at Facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute, YouTube.com/AFI, Twitter.com/AmericanFilm and Instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute.
About the AFI Conservatory
The AFI Conservatory opened its doors in 1969 to an inaugural class that included Terrence Malick, Caleb Deschanel and Paul Schrader. Today, the Conservatory offers a two-year MFA degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. In a collaborative production environment, AFI Fellows learn to master the art of storytelling, collectively creating up to 175 films a year. Fellows actively participate in the entire life cycle of a film, from development through production and exhibition.
Alumni of this elite program, ranging from modern masters to bold new voices defining the state of the art form include Andrea Arnold, Darren Aronofsky, Ari Aster, Sam Esmail, Brad Falchuk, Liz Hannah, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Melina Matsoukas, Polly Morgan, Rachel Morrison and Wally Pfister, among others.