Film Student Alex Bateman Receives 2023 American Australian Association Arts Grant

Carlos Barragán
January 20, 2023

Second-year Film student Alex Bateman has been awarded the American Australian Association Arts Grant, which provides financial assistance, mentorship, and a global network of fellow artists. 

“I’m incredibly grateful to the AAA for their support of my film development and thesis works at Columbia,” Bateman said. “This grant has been integral to the trajectory of so many artists I admire, and it’s a privilege to be a recipient for this year.”

The American Australian Association created its Arts Fund in 2002 to support Australian, Indigenous Australian, American, and Native American early career artists in theatre, film, television, dance, music, visual arts, design, literature, photography, and fashion. The AAA has awarded over 500 grants.

Last year, Bateman was also awarded The American Association of University Women’s 2022-23 International Fellowship for her thesis works examining lesbian identity and sexual politics at Columbia University.

Born in Western Sydney, Alex Bateman is a filmmaker and writer living in New York City. She was previously the Digital Marketing Coordinator and Graphic Designer for the Sydney Film Festival, Communications Coordinator at NIXCo, Director of the Verge Creative Arts and Culture Festival, and Editor of the Hermes Creative Catalogue. She completed her Undergraduate Degree at The University of Sydney in Media/Communications and Film Studies and is now completing her MFA at Columbia in Screenwriting/Directing.