AACTA Juries

AACTA Juries

Each year, juries of highly experienced screen professionals from a cross-section of crafts come together to determine the nominees and winners in various categories for Australia’s highest screen accolades – the AACTA Awards.


In 2017, AACTA will open the Feature Length Documentary Jury process to all AACTA members with documentary credits, known as AACTA’s Documentary Branch. The Documentary Branch will undertake the role of the Feature Length Documentary Jury – previously made up of 8-10 industry experts – determining, through preferential vote, the Feature Length Documentary nominees and shortlisting craft candidates to be considered by the Documentary Craft Jury.

Engaging the members of AACTA’s Documentary Branch will see the Australian documentary community become more extensively involved with the AACTA Awards, as well as seeing more reflective results in the craft categories through the utilisation of a broad pool of craft practitioners in the determination of nominees and candidate shortlists.

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Equity and diversity have long been central to AACTA’s overall mission of recognising and supporting excellence, and continues to be reflected in AACTA’s juries. While composition of AACTA juries is complex (taking into account skills, experience, geography, age, conflicts etc) over the past years AACTA has been pleased to achieve strong gender and cultural diversity balances across industry juries. In continuing AACTA’s commitment to the promotion of gender equity and cultural diversity in juries, AACTA continues to encourage members from all backgrounds and from all screen crafts to apply to become jurors for the 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel.

Applications to be a juror for the 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel are now closed.


“The first AACTA jury that I participated in was such a great experience that I was more than happy to be available for a second one. It was wonderful to sit with other industry professionals to debate the individual merits of each entry, and to be exposed to the differing opinions about the shows we’d viewed. Highly recommended!”

Debra Lawrance

AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy (PLEASE LIKE ME), 4th AACTA Awards

The Jury Process

As part of the jury process, jurors will be required to:

  • View all productions entered in the category which they are judging (approximately 10-30 hours of viewing depending on the number of entries and the category). Jurors will have a minimum of four to five weeks to view the relevant productions online via AACTA TV.
  • Assess and shortlist productions for discussion at the jury meeting.
  • Participate in a jury meeting. All jury meetings will be run out of Melbourne, with a specified office for Sydney-based jurors to assemble and dial in from. Jurors in other States will also participate via conference call. An independent scrutineer will attend all meetings.
  • Vote via preferential ballot. Individual juror’s votes are not disclosed to the rest of the jury and winners are not revealed by the scrutineer at any of the jury meetings.

Jurors’ names will be publicly released at the end of each year, in AFI | AACTA’s annual Year in Review publication, to ensure transparency and authenticity in the judging and voting process. However, the specific jury on which individual jurors participated will not be published.

Jurors must not have any vested interest in any of the entries which they will be assessing and jurors must sign a statutory declaration attesting to this.


“The judging process of all entries was easy and convenient to access. I particularly enjoyed the day of final adjudicating with very experienced industry professionals. The discussion on finalists was well-informed and considered, which made me confident in the outcome.”

Jennifer Millington

Marketing and Member Communications Director, ASTRA

Technical Requirements

Jurors will need access to a computer and broadband internet during the judging period and will need to ensure internet access is maintained until their judging has been completed.

AACTA TV operates on any computer (Windows, Mac etc) so long as it has access to the internet and the most current version of at least one web browser installed (eg. Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer etc).

In order to stream video files in full screen mode, your computer will need minimal graphic processing capabilities. Moderate capabilities may be required to stream HD video files in full screen mode.

AACTA recommends that jurors use a large monitor and good quality speakers or headphones in order to experience the entries at their best. AACTA TV can also be streamed on your TV via Airplay and Chromecast or on your IOS or Android devices.

For more detailed information please visit the AACTA TV page.


“Judging the 6th AACTA Awards was an absolute pleasure – what a privilege to be part of it! It was incredible to witness the remarkable talent and projects coming through that make up our diverse and passionate industry.”

Shay Spencer

Drama Executive, FremantleMedia Australia

Timeframes (Viewing to Voting)

Short Fiction Film & Short Animation

June – July 2017

Feature Length Documentary

June – July 2017

Documentary Television Program

June – July 2017

Documentary Craft

June – August 2017

Television Drama

August – September 2017

Television Drama Craft

August – September 2017

Television Comedy & Light Entertainment

August – September 2017

Reality & Lifestyle Television

August – September 2017

Children's Television

August – September 2017

Subscription Television Presenters and New Talent

September 2017

Hair & Makeup

September – October 2017

Visual Effects or Animation

September – October 2017

Television Grand

September – October 2017

Television Craft Grand

September – October 2017

Subscription Television Live Event Production

October 2017



“It's a genuine thrill and honour to be part of the AACTA judging process. It's also a great way to see such impressive, thought provoking and entertaining work from industry colleagues. Then the rigorous discussions and big decisions begin!”

Tamara Popper

Independent Producer, Events Manager, Festival Director