The Daily Telegraph reports
The nominees for the fourth annual Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship were announced yesterday - the list a baker's dozen of budding young talent, one of whom is now in line for a career-changing financial leg-up.
One of 13 talented young actors will win a cash prize, plus return ticket to Los Angeles and a one-year acting course that could set them up for a lifetime of success.
The budding young thespians in contention to win this year's Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship are Aaron Jakubenko, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Andrew Hazzard, Anna McGahan, Brett Stiller, Kenji Fitzgerald, Lachlan Buchanan, Meegan Warner, Michael Sheasby, Shari Lee Sebbens, Talia Zucker, Tim Pocock and Will Howarth.
The winner will be announced on on June 27.
Bella Heathcote, the 2010 winner, who is now starring in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, said of her scholarship win: "Winning the scholarship was the best possible way to start my career in LA. It gave me the incentive to come to LA, a start-up fund to sustain me, and a foot in the door in regards to meetings with industry professionals.
"I'd encourage any actor out there to apply."
Judging this year's awards are The Twilight Saga director Catherine Hardwicke, Warner Bros Pictures exec Greg Silverman, casting director Donna Issacson and Gregor Jordan.
Australians in Film president Andrew Warne yesterday said: "Year after year Australia is producing some of the world's most exciting and emerging acting talent and this year's finalists represent some of the best. Australians in Film and the Ledger family are incredibly proud to be able to help these 13 young actors further their careers internationally."