Visual Effects or Animation

Visual Effects or Animation

Visual Effects or Animation entries for the 2020 AACTA Awards are now open.


In order to be eligible, a Visual Effects or Animation entry must:

  • Be any Australian produced visual effects or animation in a feature film, television or documentary production. (Please note, the production itself does not have to be an Australian production).
  • The work being entered as ‘work to be considered’ must have been wholly created in Australia, with the exception of any matchmoving or rotoscoping services that may have been outsourced internationally.
  • In the case of a feature film, the production must have been released theatrically in Australia for the first time between 22 November 2019 and 25 November 2020.
  • In the case of a television production, the first episode must have been broadcast in Australia for the first time between 27 October 2019 and 31 October 2020.
  • The entrant must be a representative of the Australian entity that was contracted by the production’s producer to create the work being entered as ‘work to be considered’.
  • Only one entry per production per contracted Australian entity is allowed.



The 'Before & Afters' should demonstrate how the work was accomplished through one or more of the following: concept art, storyboards, animatics, previz, raw plates, raw elements, R&D tests, work-in-progress and/or the finished work.

This is your opportunity to show the most interesting parts of the journey that your work has taken to the screen (whether creative or technical) and to outline any particular challenges that were overcome. We strongly suggest you add music to your 'Before & Afters' to avoid this material being mute. Voice-over narration is also strongly encouraged within the parameters below.

Your entry may be disqualified if the 'Before & Afters' contain any of the following:

  • Extraneous material that does not directly relate to the Work To Be Considered.
  • Shots or sequences that are not shown in the Work To Be Considered.
  • Talking heads explaining the work (voice-over narration is acceptable).
  • Narration that is self congratulatory or is otherwise off topic.

IMPORTANT - Please make sure you have referred to the 2020 AACTA Awards VFX or Animation checklist for specs and guidelines.


Membership & Entry

Any productions entered into the AACTA Awards for a previous year are ineligible.

Late entries will not be accepted. 

In order to be eligible to enter the Visual Effects or Animation category, a minimum of two Award candidates listed on the form must be current AACTA members. In the event that less than two Award candidates are listed on the form, then the sole Award candidate listed must be a current AACTA member.

You can become an AACTA member here.

Please refer to the 2020 AACTA Awards Rule Book for details of all rules, regulations and policies.

Please email the AACTA Awards Department if you have any questions.


VFX Bake-Off

As part of the Visual Effects or Animation judging process, AACTA annually stages a VFX Bake-Off where members have the opportunity to hear firsthand and view ‘before and after’ clips from the productions and practitioners competing in the Visual Effects or Animation category. In 2020, the VFX Bake-Off will be undertaken virtually on October 14. More details to follow.


Image: Brendan Seals from Luma Pictures accepting the Best Visual Effects or Animation Award for SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME at the 2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel.

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