Voting in the AACTA Awards determines which film and television performers, practitioners, and productions will be honoured with Australia's highest screen accolade, an AACTA Award.
AACTA Awards are peer-assessed by AACTA members – screen industry professionals who have undergone a process of accreditation to determine their individual areas of expertise, as evidenced through screen credits, CVs and other supporting documentation. This ensures that those best qualified to recognise excellence within their craft specialisations do so, in turn ensuring that the AACTA Awards represent the pinnacle of film and television achievement in Australia.
AFI & AACTA Member Voting - 3rd AACTA Awards
With the exception of jury voting information, which has been updated below for the 3rd AACTA Awards, all other information below pertains to the 2nd AACTA Awards. Voting information for the 3rd AACTA Awards will be updated and communicated to AACTA members later in 2013.
Please note that screen professionals wishing to vote in the 3rd AACTA Awards must renew or join as an AACTA member by 30 June 2013.
Jury Voting - 3rd AACTA Awards
Juries of highly experienced screen professionals from a cross-section of crafts are formed to determine the nominees and winners in a selection of AACTA Award categories, with approximately 100 performers and practitioners joining AACTA Awards juries each year.
For the 3rd AACTA Awards, juries will be established for the following functions/Awards: Feature Film Pre-Selection; Short Fiction Film & Short Animation; Feature Length Documentary; Television Drama; Television Comedy & Light; Entertainment; Reality Television; Children's Television; Documentary Television; Television Grand Jury; and Television Craft Grand Jury.
AACTA Member Voting - 2nd AACTA Awards
As part of their accreditation process, AACTA members are allocated into one or more of AACTA’s 15 chapters, which each represent a different area of screen craft specialisation (for example screenwriting, editing, directing, etc.).
Chapter allocation determines each member’s voting rights, as outlined in the AACTA Awards voting model.
To best acknowledge experience and accreditation within chapters, weighting is employed across round one & round two Feature Film voting. AACTA members who will receive a weighted vote have already been notified.
AACTA acknowledges that it may not be possible for voting members to view all Feature Films in Competition. Therefore in round one, AACTA will continue to adopt a weighted voting strategy to reflect the number of films seen by each voting member. To receive a full vote, members must attest to having seen at least two-thirds of the films in competition (15 out of 23).
All AACTA members (regardless of their chapter allocation) are entitled to vote to determine the winners in the Non Feature Film categories (Best Short Fiction Film, Best Short Animation and Best Feature Length Documentary).
In line with best-practice international models, AACTA members vote on the Feature Films in Competition via a two round voting model.
Round One Voting
During round one voting for the 2nd AACTA Awards, AACTA members voted to determine the following:
- Best Film Nominees: All AACTA members vote to determine the nominees for the AACTA Award for Best Film.
- Feature Film Nominees: Members of each of AACTA's 15 chapters vote to determine the feature film nominees in the categories specific to their craft specialisation. For example, the Cinematographers Chapter votes to determine the nominees for the AACTA Award for Best Cinematography.
- Non Feature Film Winners: All AACTA members vote to determine the winner in the following categories: Best Feature Length Documentary; Best Short Animation; and Best Short Fiction Film. NB Nominees in these categories were determined by AACTA Award Juries.
Round Two Voting
During round two voting for the 2nd AACTA Awards, AACTA members voted to determine:
- Feature Film Winners: AACTA members vote to determine the winners in all Feature Film categories based on the short lists of Feature Film nominees, which received the most votes in round one voting (as determined by each of AACTA’s 15 chapters).
AFI Member Voting - 2nd AACTA Awards
AFI members had the opportunity to vote for the winner of the Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation in the 2nd AACTA Awards.