Matt Damon And Naomi Watts To Judge 10th Anniversary Heath Ledger Scholarship

Ledger is remembered through an annual scholarship that aims to provide opportunities for young and emerging Australian actors.

On Friday, non-profit organisation Australians in Film announced the eight judges who will decide the 2018 Heath Ledger Scholarship.

Matt Damon, Rose Byrne and Naomi Watts have been announced as part of the juding panel alongside Elizabeth Debicki, Gregor Jordan, Jeremy Podeswa, Carmen Cuba and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

The Heath Ledger Scholarship was founded in 2008 in memory of the late actor who died in January that year. It has existed for the last 10 years as an opportunity for young and emerging Aussie actors 18-35, helping them establish their career and with opportunities overseas.

Ledger and Damon worked together on The Brothers Grimm. After Ledger's death Damon opened up to GQ saying, "He was too bright for this world".

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Damon and Ledger worked together on 'The Brothers Grimm' which came out in 2005. Image: Getty.

After the pair had worked on Grimm Damon said he was "telling everybody that I just worked with the best actor I've ever seen".

"There were things that he did where I couldn't have got there in three lifetimes. And there were ways in which he was like a puppy dog. You wanted to protect him."

"Heath and I met as young 18-year-old actors in Sydney on Two Hands," Byrne said in a statement.

"He supported me so much in L.A. with his lovely spirit... I'm delighted to be part of a scholarship that honours this generosity, by giving young actors an opportunity to begin and build their careers."

Past winners include Bella Heathcote, Ryan Corr, Cody Fern, Ashleigh Cummings and last year's winner Mojean Aria.

Ledger's sister Kate, an Australians in Film board member, said she was thrilled with the amount of applications the scholarship has already had.

"Some of Heath's dearest friends and work colleagues are part of the judging committee this year," Kate said in a statement, "along with several of the top casting directors... it is guaranteed that every applicant will be seen by some of the best in the business."

The scholarship prize includes US $10,000 toward rent and a living allowance, acting classes, dialect coaching, headshots, gym classes, networking opportunities and a lifetime AiF membership.

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