Voting in the AACTA Awards determines which performers, practitioners, and productions will be honoured with Australia's highest screen accolade, an AACTA Award.
Voting is exclusive to AFI and AACTA members.
Ernst & Young is the official scrutineer for the 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel.
AACTA Member Voting
In line with best practice international models, AACTA members (screen professionals who have undergone an accreditation process) vote via a two-round voting model. This two-step voting model allows for a more consistent and rigorous approach to voting, ensuring that those best qualified to recognise excellence in their specific craft do so, in turn ensuring that the AACTA Awards represent the pinnacle of screen achievement in Australia.
All AACTA members are allocated into one of more of AACTA’s 15 chapters, which each represent a different area of screen craft specialisation (for example screenwriting, editing, directing, acting, 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 and Round Two voting.
ROUND ONE VOTING | 2-12 October 2017
During Round One voting, each AACTA member votes to determine the nominees in the feature film award category/s specific to their chapter allocation. Feature film nominees will be determined by preferential voting, with nominees in the Best Film category being limited to five.
ROUND TWO VOTING | 24 October-7 November 2017
In Round Two voting, all AACTA members (regardless of chapter allocation) vote on the nominees to determine the winner in all feature film categories, and in the Best Hair and Makeup, Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation categories.
The nominees for the Best Hair and Makeup, Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation categories are determined by juries of industry professionals. The nominees for Best Feature Length Documentary are determined by AACTA’s Documentary Branch.
Winners are determined by a simple majority vote, in line with BAFTA and AMPAS methodology.
AFI Member Voting
AFI members (open to all screen enthusiasts) vote to determine the winners in the Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation categories during Round Two voting (24 October – 9 November 2017).
The nominees in these categories are determined by juries of industry professionals. Winners are determined by a simple majority vote, in line with BAFTA and AMPAS methodology.
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. Read more about AACTA Juries.
AACTA'S DOCUMENTARY BRANCH
In 2017, AACTA opened the Best 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 the Feature Length Documentary nominees and short listing craft candidates to be considered by the Documentary Craft Jury.