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.
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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 were established for the following functions/Awards: Feature Film Pre-Selection; Short Fiction Film & Short Animation; Documentary; Television Drama; Television Comedy & Light; Entertainment; Reality Television; Children's Television; Television Grand Jury; and Television Craft Grand Jury.
AACTA Member Voting
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. The number of films that members will need to attest to having seen to receive a full vote will be announced in the coming weeks.
All AACTA members (regardless of their chapter allocation) are entitled to vote to determine the winners in the Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation categories.
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 3rd AACTA Awards, AACTA members vote 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.
- Short Film Winners: All AACTA members vote to determine the winner in the Best Short Animation and Best Short Fiction Film categories. NB Nominees in these categories were determined by AACTA Award Juries.
Feature Film Voting
AACTA has instituted a two round voting model for Feature Film voting.
In round one of Feature Film voting, each of AACTA's 15 chapters (each representing areas of professional specialisation within the Australian screen industry) voted to determine the nominees in the categories specific to their specialisation. For example, the Cinematographers Chapter voted for the nominees for the AACTA Award for Best Cinematography. Candidates who received the most votes in round one formed a shortlist of nominees, which will now be voted on in round two by all AACTA members to determine the winner. Round two Feature Film voting opened at 5pm EDST Tuesday 3 December, and runs until 11:59pm EDST Tuesday 17 December, 2013.
Television and Documentary Voting
Juries of industry professionals determine the nominees and winners for the Television and Documentary AACTA Awards.
AFI Member Voting
AFI members have the opportunity to vote for the winner of the Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation in the AACTA Awards.