Feature Film entries for the 2020 AACTA Awards are now open.
In order to be eligible, a Feature Film must be:
- An Australian production (as outlined in the AACTA Awards rulebook).
- Publicly exhibited between 22 November 2019 and 25 November 2020 (Release Period)*.
- A film consisting of a dramatised story of at least 70 minutes’ duration.
*Due to the shutdown of commercial cinemas during nation-wide COVID-19 restrictions, AACTA has amended Feature Film eligibility to include films that had the intent to release theatrically this year, regardless of whether they were shown in cinemas. For clarification on this rule, please contact the AACTA Awards Department.
In addition, a Feature Film must be publicly exhibited or intended to 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 one approved qualifying VOD / SVOD platforms (see list of qualifying VOD / SVOD platforms below).
- A minimum of twelve separate screenings (ie Cinema on Demand) at a commercial cinema across a minimum of four Australian capital cities (with at least one being Sydney or Melbourne).
A feature film meeting the above eligibility requirements and produced with a budget under $2 million is automatically in consideration for the AACTA Award for Best Indie Film.
Qualifying Australian Film Festivals:
- Adelaide Film Festival*
- CinefestOzFilm Festival
- For Films Sake (formerly WOW Film Festival)
- Gold Coast Film Festival
- Mardi Gras Film Festival
- Melbourne International Film Festival
- Monster Fest
- Revelation Film Festival
- Sydney Film Festival
Qualifying VOD / SVOD Platforms:
- Amazon Prime Video
- Bigpond Movies
- Fetch TV
- Foxtel Now
- YouTube Premium
*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.
MEMBERSHIP & ENTRY
A Program, Film, Episode or Season which has been previously entered into the Awards is ineligible for entry into the current or any future Awards.
Late entries will not be accepted.
In order to be eligible to enter a 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.
Image: Producer Kristina Ceyton and the cast and crew of THE NIGHTINGALE accept the AACTA Award for Best Film at the 2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel.
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