AACTA Young Stars National Youth Casting Call
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), in collaboration with Casting Networks® and the Casting Guild of Australia (CGA), have launched a groundbreaking national, youth casting initiative to uncover the next wave of Australia’s brightest acting talent - AACTA Young Stars: National Youth Casting Call.
AACTA Young Stars aims to identify exceptional, diverse, bright, young screen talent across Australia and provide tangible opportunities to help them realise their dream. Australian residents aged between 13 and 18 years are invited to submit a video showcasing their performance talent for their chance to get in front of some of Australia’s leading Casting Directors.
Submissions closed 5pm AEDT Wednesday 8 November 2023.
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The finalists will be invited to the new home of the prestigious AACTA Awards, the Gold Coast, where they will have the chance to join workshops and receive mentorship from Australia’s top Casting Directors. Each finalist will also receive a complimentary six-month Casting Networks Premium membership, as well as the opportunity to book into a session at the Casting Networks pop up studio at HOTA on the Gold Coast.
One overall winner will receive a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help launch a career in the screen industry! Including a $10,000 Flight Centre voucher and $2500 cash in travel support to fly to the United States where they will have the opportunity to meet with a renowned International Casting Director, network with key industry practitioners and participate in a weeklong workshop at Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles. They will also have access to The Studio by Casting Networks in Sydney for a full year and will have the chance to meet with both Australian-based Casting Directors!
All entrants will also receive a complimentary 12 month AACTA Youth Membership!
Finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of an esteemed panel of judges which includes top international Casting Directors, Thea McLeod (Neighbours, Better Man, Measure For Measure, Pawno), Anousha Zarkesh (The New Boy, Mystery Road, Total Control, Preppers), Nikki Barrett (Elvis, Mad Max: Fury Road, Talk to Me, The Power of the Dog, The Babadook), and Liz Mullane (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong, Mortal Engines), and AACTA Award winning actors Claudia Karvan and Mark Coles Smith.
Read more about our judges here.
Entry is free and open to all Australian residents aged between 13 and 18 years. If you are under 18 years you will need a parent or legal guardian to assist with your entry.
Once you have completed the entry form, you will receive a MEDIA REQUEST via email within 2-3 business days. You can choose a script from the MEDIA REQUEST and record a video of yourself reading that script. Once you have a take you're happy with, upload your video via your Casting Networks account. You can set up a FREE Casting Networks account to submit your entry.
If you do not receive your MEDIA REQUEST within 2-3 days of completing the form, please check your spam folder and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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