Documentary entries for the 2021 AACTA Awards are now open.


AACTA Award for Best Documentary
AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary
AACTA Award for Best Editing in a Documentary
AACTA Award for Best Sound in a Documentary
AACTA Award for Best Original Score in a Documentary


Entries Open: Thursday 13th May
Entries Close: Friday 11th June
Round 1 Voting Period: Late June – Mid July


Budget over $1M - $780
Budget $500K to $1M - $630
Budget under $500K - $500


All documentaries submitted to the AACTA Awards must have been completed between November 26th, 2020 and August 25th, 2021. Whether a Production is complete is determined by the entrant. There is no condition that they must have screened publicly or been released.

For full eligibility requirements, please see the 2021 AACTA Awards Rule Book

A minimum of five Award Candidates listed on the Form must be current AACTA members. If you are listing less than five Candidates on the Entry Form, then all Candidates must be current AACTA Professional members.

The only valid form of AACTA membership for this category is AACTA Professional. For more information on AACTA membership, visit our website here.

If you are unsure of whether you currently satisfy the membership requirement, or may fail to do so, please contact the AACTA Awards Department.


Entries can be made by visiting our entry portal by clicking the button below. You may need to create an account if you’ve not previously used this system.

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