Feature Film Eligibility Policy

Feature Film Eligibility Policy Changes

Following extensive industry consultation, AACTA has announced a new feature film eligibility policy for the 7th AACTA Awards in response to increasing feature film volumes in the ever-changing screen industry landscape and to allow for greater diversity and inclusivity.

Historically, feature films have been able to enter and proceed to competition for the AACTA Awards either through Direct Eligibility (via traditional theatrical release), or Pre-Selection (a jury-assessed pathway designed to allow a wider range of films, that don’t meet the direct eligibility criteria, to be considered on merit and not their distribution model).

In 2017, AACTA will be replacing this two-tier process and the Pre-Selection jury with a single clear pathway that lessens the potential barriers to entry. As part of the new and more accessible eligibility policy, AACTA is broadening the definition of a ‘theatrical release’ to include major local and international film festival screenings (full list of qualifying film festivals below). AACTA’s revised policy also makes considerations for releases outside of a commercial cinema setting, such as VOD and SVOD platforms.

All films meeting the new eligibility criteria will be entitled to compete for the 7th AACTA Awards, creating greater inclusivity for those films that take a less traditional release path, opening the pathway for a broader diversity of films and filmmakers. The key changes also acknowledge and embrace the significant role Australian film festivals play in the discovery and fostering of local screen talent and the contribution of international film festivals toward the recognition of some of our best and most innovative works.

 

divider_Entries_Rulebook

The below excerpt is taken from the 7th AACTA Awards Rulebook (Part 2, Rule 5).

5.2. Eligibility to enter a Feature Film

(a)

A Production must be a film consisting of a dramatised story of at least 70 minutes’ duration in order to be eligible for the Feature Film Award Category.

(b)

In order to be eligible, pursuant to Rule 5.2(c), a minimum of five Award Candidates listed on the Form must be current AACTA members. In the event that fewer than five Award Candidates are listed on the Form, then all Award Candidates listed on the Form must be current AACTA members. In the event that fewer than five Award Candidates qualify for AACTA membership, then AFI membership will be counted as “AACTA membership” for the purposes of this Rule 5.2(b).

(c)

In order to be eligible a Feature Film must be publicly exhibited during the Release Period for paid admission at –

(i)

A commercial cinema, in a minimum of two Australian capital cities including Sydney or Melbourne, for a run of at least seven consecutive days; or

(ii)

A commercial cinema, in a minimum of two overseas cities, for a run of at least seven consecutive days; or

(iii)

An approved Qualifying Australian Film Festival (as specified on the AFI and AACTA website) along with a separate screening (paid admission) at a commercial cinema in a minimum of two Australian Capital cities with one city being Melbourne or Sydney; or

(iv)

An approved Qualifying Australian Film Festival along with a release on at least two approved Qualifying VOD/SVOD platforms (as specified on the AFI and AACTA website). Any exclusive arrangement with a VOD / SVOD provider that may restrict release to a single VOD / SVOD platform will be considered at AFI | AACTA's discretion; or

(v)

Two approved Qualifying International overseas Film Festivals (as specified on the AFI and AACTA website) along with a screening (paid admission) at a commercial cinema in a minimum of two Australian Capital cities with one city being Melbourne or Sydney.

 

divider_Entries_Australian

AACTA is proud to announce the below qualifying Australian film festivals.

Please note that due to the timing of the confirmation of AACTA’s feature films in competition, films from the previous edition of the marked (*) festivals will be considered in the current year’s competition.

 

divider_Entries_SVOD

AACTA is proud to announce the below qualifying VOD / SVOD platforms.

 

divider_Entries_International

AACTA is proud to announce the below qualifying international film festivals. Any film festivals outside of this list may be considered at AFI | AACTA’s discretion.

Please note that due to the timing of the confirmation of AACTA’s feature films in competition, films from the previous edition of the marked (*) festivals will be considered in the current year’s competition.

close