Worldwide access to Australia's best films online.
AACTA TV is an interactive media platform which allows you to watch a collection of Australia’s best current and classic films online – anytime, anywhere.
Launched in October 2012, AACTA TV hosts more than 20 of Australia’s best short films, documentaries and feature films - many of which have either won or been nominated for an Oscar, AFI or AACTA Award - and the collection is set to expand in coming months.
AACTA TV provides access to a truly unique collection of Australian content gathered over recent years – some films are quirky pieces acquired through donations, and some are great Australian classics.
Although AACTA TV can be accessed anywhere in Australia and throughout the world, it is provided as a benefit to members of AACTA and the Australian Film Institute (AFI), allowing members to stream, download, and indulge in their love of quality Australian films for free.
AFI membership is open to all, and AACTA membership is available to people within the screen industry. To join, click here.
AACTA TV currently hosts two collections of content: productions that have been nominated for an award at the 2nd AACTA Awards, and classic Australian feature films and shorts. New content is added on a fortnightly basis.
Among the AACTA Award nominees that AACTA and AFI members can enjoy are a selection of this year’s non feature film nominees. From January 11 onwards, AACTA TV will also host the nominees for Best Television Drama Series and Best Telefeature or Miniseries, including ratings smash hits and critical favourites like Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Beaconsfield, Underground and Devil’s Dust, as well as episodes of Puberty Blues, Redfern Now, Rake – Season 2 and Tangle – Season 3.
The AACTA Collection hosts award-winning Australian classics including the timeless Careful, He Might Hear You, staring Wendy Hughes, Academy Award-winning short film The Lost Thing, and outback thriller Shame, which continues to be as confronting today as it was in 1988. The AACTA Collection also celebrates the early works of Australia’s foremost filmmakers like Cate Shortland and Adam Elliot.
For a full list of current and upcoming AACTA TV content, click here.
AACTA TV also includes social media functionality, allowing viewers to post Facebook status updates and share film information and photographs as they watch online.
Install AACTA TV
AACTA TV, which is free for AFI and AACTA members, uses a fast, user-friendly online screening platform, and runs using Adobe and V-Play software.
- Be a member of AFI or AACTA. To join, click here.
- Have your membership username (which is your membership number) and password at hand. If you’ve forgotten your password, click here.
- Ensure you have the latest versions of the necessary software: Adobe Flash Player and Abode Air (both are free of charge to download). If you already have these, you will see the "Install Now"’ icon directly below this sentence, and can simply click on the icon to begin installing AACTA TV.
Installing AACTA TV
Installing AACTA TV is simple – click on the "Install Now" icon (directly above this sentence) and follow the prompts.
If you do not see the icon, you do not have the latest versions of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Air and will therefore need to follow the manual installation instructions as follows:
- Download or update to the latest versions of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Air (both are free of charge to download or update).
- Download the latest Adobe Flash Player by clicking here. For reference, the direct URL is: get.adobe.com/flashplayer.
- Download the latest Adobe Air by clicking here. For reference, the direct URL is: get.adobe.com/air.
- Click here to download the AACTA TV installer application.
- Select install when asked if you would like to install the application to your computer.
- Select continue – this will then create a shortcut to AACTA TV on your desktop for easy ongoing access, and will launch AACTA TV immediately. If you would prefer to manually change your installation preferences, uncheck the relevant boxes, select the yellow folder to the right and choose a destination. Once changes have been made select continue.
- AACTA TV is now installed and ready to be used.
Once you have completed the one-off process of installing AACTA TV, you can access AACTA TV at any time by:
- Clicking on the AACTA TV shortcut icon on your desktop (or from your alternative chosen program files if you selected another option). For Mac users, open Launchpad and select AACTA TV, or run the program from the applications folder in Finder.
- Entering your AFI or AACTA membership username and password.
For a list of technical questions and answers regarding AACTA TV, click here.