Celebrity Backed Entertainment Organization Australians in Film Announces V Australia as Presenting Sponsor

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Celebrity Backed Entertainment Organization Australians in Film Announces V Australia as Presenting Sponsor

Celebrity Backed Entertainment Organization Australians in Film Announces V Australia as Presenting Sponsor

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Paula Paizes, president of Australians in Film (AiF), the pre-eminent Los Angeles-based organization for expatriate Australians in the entertainment industry, announced today that V Australia, Richard Branson’s newest international airline, has signed an exclusive three-year deal to become AiF’s Presenting Partner and official airline partner.

This is the first time in their 10-year history that the AiF has brought on a Presenting Partner, the highest level of sponsorship for the non-profit Los Angeles-based entertainment industry organization.

As Presenting Partner, V Australia will support AiF’s important work in celebrating and promoting Australian film culture in Hollywood via their regular star-studded events and screenings and the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship, which, each year provides financial support to an Australian young actor to travel to the US to further their training and international acting opportunities.

In announcing this special and important partnership, Paizes said; “V Australia’s financial support comes at a very important time for AiF. The organization consistently strives to promote a creatively vibrant, exciting and relevant Australian film culture to the Hollywood and international communities, with a wide variety of quality and diverse programs. With V Australia now added to the AiF family, we are confident that we can continue to achieve these goals.”

V Australia Regional Sales Director Vito Anzelmi said as Presenting Partner of Australians in Film, the airline was delighted to sponsor this dynamic group of Australian artists.

“As part of the Virgin Group of Airlines, V Australia operates daily flights from Los Angeles to Australia and we are all about providing an outstanding experience to our Guests - making all of our passengers feel like movie stars. Australians in Film was a natural partner fit for us as AiF aims to celebrate and promote the work of Australian film and television makers. As an Australian airline, we share in these sentiments of supporting our fellow Aussies,” he said.

About V Australia

Part of the Virgin Blue Group of Airlines, V Australia is Richard Branson’s newest international airline and has built a fresh new airline on a simple idea: that flying should be something great again. Now flying non-stop between LA and Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and operating a fleet of brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, V Australia’s boutique style airline offers 33 lie-flat beds in International Business, 40 all-leather International Premium Economy seats and 288 International Economy seats – the widest across the Pacific. V Australia also boasts attentive in-flight service, two in-flight boutique bars, gourmet meals, generous legroom, state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment, and unique mood lighting. For more information on V Australia, please visit ExperienceVAustralia.com.

About Australians in Film

Founded in May 2001, to celebrate and support the work of Australian film and TV makers, Los Angeles-based non-profit Australians in Film has held nearly 200 screenings, premieres and special events and currently has over 600 members. Australians in Film Ambassadors include Australian Oscar-winning actors Cate Blanchett (The Aviator 2005), Nicole Kidman (The Hours, 2002), Russell Crowe (Gladiator, 2000) and Geoffrey Rush (Shine, 1996), Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson (Braveheart 1995, The Passion of the Christ, 2004) and 30 other internationally known stars and film-makers including Hugh Jackman, Fred Schepisi and Naomi Watts. In 2008 Australians in Film established the annual Heath Ledger Scholarship in honor of the late actor.

Australians in Film Sponsors are Protea Group, Stacey Testro International, You Don’t Know Oz, Ausfilm, CST Tax Advisors, Loeb & Loeb and Getty Images.

For further information please visit www.australiansinfilm.org.

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