Feature Film entries for the 8th AACTA Awards are now closed.
In order to be eligible, a Feature Film must be:
- An Australian production (as outlined in the AACTA Awards rulebook).
- Publicly exhibited between 16 November 2017 and 22 November 2018 (Release Period).
- A film consisting of a dramatised story of at least 70 minutes’ duration.
In addition, a Feature Film must be publicly exhibited during the Release Period for paid admission at:
- A commercial cinema in a minimum of two Australian capital cities (with at least one being Sydney or Melbourne) for a run of at least seven consecutive days; or
- An approved qualifying Australian film festival (see list of qualifying Australian film festivals below), along with a minimum of four separate paid admission screenings at a commercial cinema in a minimum of two Australian capital cities (with at least one being Sydney or Melbourne); or
- An approved qualifying Australian film festival (see list of qualifying Australian film festivals below) along with a release on at least two approved qualifying VOD / SVOD platforms (see list of qualifying VOD / SVOD platforms below). Any exclusive arrangements with a VOD / SVOT provider that may restrict release to a single platform will be considered at AFI | AACTA’s discretion.
A feature film meeting the above eligibility requirements and produced with a budget under $2 million is eligible for the AACTA Award for Best Indie Film.
Membership & Entry
Any productions entered into the AACTA Awards (or AFI Awards) for a previous year are ineligible.
Late entries will not be accepted.
In order to be eligible to enter a Feature Film, 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 must be current AACTA members.
Please refer to the 8th AACTA Awards Rule Book for details of all rules, regulations and policies.
Please email the AACTA Awards Department firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Qualifying Australian Film Festivals:
- Adelaide Film Festival*
- CinefestOz Film Festival
- For Films Sake
- Gold Coast Film Festival
- Mardi Gras Film Festival
- Melbourne International Film Festival
- Revelation Film Festival
- Sydney Film Festival
*Please note, 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.
Qualifying VOD / SVOD Platforms:
Image: The crew of LION accepting the AACTA Award for Best Film presented by Foxtel at the 7th AACTA Awards.
Entry Fee Budget over $2m - $2,016 Budget under $2m - $1,350
Entries & Materials Deadline Sunday 1 July 2018, 11:59pm
Membership Requirements A minimum of five Award candidates listed on the entry must be current members.
Rules & Supporting Documents 8th AACTA Awards Rule Book
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