AACTA launches international awards; announces dates for local awards

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced the dates of their two major awards ceremonies and launched an international awards which will take place just a month before the Oscars in the US.

The AACTA was formed in August by the Australian Film Institute and aims to improve national and international recognition of Australia’s screen practitioners.

The AACTA International Awards will recognise excellence within the categories of best film, best acting, writing and directing and is open to any international film, voted on by the Australian academy.

The launch comes as AACTA announce its two local awards dates.

The first awards ceremony recognises the achievements of the technical side of the industry, will take place during a luncheon on 15 January. This ceremony will coincide with the announcement of the international award nominees, with video link-up, to the G’Day USA’s black tie gala held in Los Angeles.

The international categories should help the AACTA becomes part of the build up to the Academy Awards which take place on February 26 next year.

G’Day USA is a partnership between the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade, Tourism Australia, Qantas, and state governments to strengthen trade, investment, business, innovation and cultural relations between Australian and the USA. The G’Day USA Gala recognises the achievements of Australians in the entertainment sector.

The international award winners will be announced at AACTA‘s general awards, held on 31 January at the Sydney Opera House and broadcast by Channel Nine.

Damian Trewhella, CEO of the Australian Film Institute and AACTA said: “AACTA’s new International Engagement Program aims to increase the profile of Australia’s screen performers, practitioners and productions internationally, and we believe that our new collaboration with G’Day USA, which has an audience reach of millions in the US and throughout the world, and which celebrates Australian achievement in culture and the arts, is the perfect platform for this.”

“Australia’s film and television industries play an important role in forming our cultural identity, in influencing tourism and in contributing to our export market, and we look forward to working alongside G’Day USA to raise the profile of our screen industry internationally.”

The move of the awards from December to January was made to align the Australian film industry and its awards with the international awards season ahead of UK’s BAFTA Awards on 12 February and the US Oscars on 26 February. The announcement of the international awards in LA moves this one step closer.

“By hosting our awards in Sydney, Australia’s world-celebrated events capital, by creating an International Engagement Program, and by integrating with the international screen awards season,” added Trewhella, “we are reflecting the truly global nature of Australia’s screen industry, and placing our industry in a strong position to create new opportunities, both here and abroad.”

All local nominations will be announced on 30 November.

Full list of awards breakdown:

15 January – Samsung AACTA Awards Luncheon, presented by Digital Pictures

AACTA Raymond Longford Award

Australian Feature Film



Original Music Score

Production Design

Costume Design

Light Entertainment Television Series

Television Comedy Series

Performance in a Television Comedy

Children’s Television Series

AACTA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television Screen Craft

Feature Length Documentary

Documentary Under One Hour

Documentary Series

Direction in a Documentary

Cinematography in a Documentary

Editing in a Documentary

Sound in a Documentary

Short Film
Short Fiction Film

Short Animation

Screenplay in a Short Film

Additional Awards
Visual Effects

International Awards (Nominations)
Best Film

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Direction

Best Screenplay

31 January – Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony

Australian Feature Film
Samsung  Film


Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Lead Actor

Lead Actress

Supporting Actor

Supporting Actress

Television Drama Series

Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series

Direction in Television

Screenplay in Television

Lead Actor in a Television Drama

Lead Actress in a Television Drama

Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama

Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama

Additional Awards
Young Actor

Byron Kennedy Award

International Awards (Winners)
Best Film

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Direction

Best Screenplay


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