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5th AACTA Awards Presented by Presto Official Screenings | 14 Sept - 8 Oct 2015

The Official Screenings provide you with the opportunity to catch up on the finest Australian films of the last year – free of charge when you become a member of AFI | AACTA!

The Official Screenings are exclusive and complimentary to members of the AFI (open to all) and AACTA (open to screen professionals), bringing together screen enthusiasts and professionals to discuss and judge the finest contemporary Feature Films, Short Films and Feature Length Documentaries competing for the 5th AACTA Awards presented by Presto.

The Official Screenings will take place between 14 September – 8 October 2015 in Sydney (Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction) and Melbourne (Cinema Nova) and online via AACTA TV, available anytime anywhere.

Membership starts from just $70 for year-round complimentary access to films and events. For more information on member benefits and to join, click here.


Download the Judges Handbook (PDF, 30MB)

Complementing AFI | AACTA’s year-round screenings, the Official Screenings will show 16 of the 23 Feature Films competing for an Award, four of which - Alex & Eve, The Dressmaker, unINDIAN and Now Add Honey – are yet to have a theatrical release, meaning you can see them first with AFI | AACTA.

Four of the five Feature Length Documentary nominees – Gayby Baby, Only the Dead, Sherpa and Women He’s Undressed – will be screened in cinema sessions, with all five nominees (to include That Sugar Film) available to watch online via AACTA TV.

All Short Animation and Short Fiction Film nominees will be screened in cinema sessions and on AACTA TV.

The Judges Handbook includes information on all Feature Films, Short Animations, Short Fiction Films and Feature Length Documentaries competing for the 5th AACTA Awards presented by Presto, as well as the screenings program which lists cinema times for Sydney and Melbourne.

The complete list of the 23 Feature Films competing for the 5th AACTA Awards presented by Presto is as follows: Alex & Eve; Blinky Bill the Movie; Cut Snake; The Dressmaker; Force Of Destiny; Holding the Man; Infini; John Doe: Vigilante; Kill Me Three Times; Last Cab to Darwin; Love is Now; Mad Max: Fury Road; Now Add Honey; Oddball; One Eyed Girl; The Pack; PAPER PLANES; Partisan; RISE; Ruben Guthrie; Strangerland; Touch; unINDIAN.


Sydney: 14 Sept – 8 Oct 2015

Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction
Level 7 & 8, Westfield Shopping Town,
500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction

For the Sydney program, click here.

Melbourne: 15 Sept – 8 Oct 2015

Cinema Nova
380 Lygon Street,

For the Melbourne program, click here.


The Official Screenings are held for the purpose of judging the 5th AACTA Awards presented by Presto.

Admission to the Official Screenings in Sydney and Melbourne is exclusive to and complimentary for members of AFI and AACTA on presentation of their membership card.

All seating is offered on a first come, first serve basis to all sessions except for the Opening Night (which members are invited to), and is strictly limited by the capacity of each cinema. AACTA cannot guarantee entry into popular sessions.

Persons under the age of 18 are restricted to sessions based on the classifications listed for each film. Films without classification are restricted to persons aged 18 and over – proof of age may be required.


AACTA TV is a free online viewing portal accessible to AFI and AACTA members anytime, anywhere.

From September 14, AACTA TV will provide members with an opportunity to watch this year’s Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation nominees, Best Feature Length Documentary Nominees and a number of Feature Films In Competition (as agreed with and supplied by distribution partners). A full screenings list will be compiled for AACTA TV at that time.

To learn more and to download AACTA TV, click here.


In addition to accessing Feature Films in Competition via the Official Screenings Program and AACTA TV, the following list provides information on other ways to access films competing in this year’s Awards, including via DVD releases – click here.


For the 5th AACTA Awards presented by Presto, AFI and AACTA members have the opportunity to vote within the categories of Best Short Animation and Best Short Fiction Film. Additionally, AACTA members can vote for the Best Feature Length Documentary and across all Feature Film Award categories.

Following a review with scrutineers, Ernst & Young, AFI | AACTA has determined that the Feature Film nominees will continue to be determined by preferential voting in Round One, with the nominees in the Best Film category now being limited to five. In Round Two, the Feature Film winners will now be determined by a simple majority vote, in line with BAFTA and AMPAS methodology. This is also how the Feature Length Documentary and Short Film winners will be determined. Further voting details will be published on the AACTA website ahead of Round One voting opening in early October.


The AACTA Awards are proudly supported by the New South Wales Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

AACTA sincerely thanks all sponsors and partners for their generous support.