Voting 2021


Voting in the AACTA Awards determines which productions, performers and practitioners will be honoured with Australia’s highest screen accolade – an AACTA Award. Voting is exclusive to AACTA members, with members drawn from every sector of the screen entertainment industry including Free-To-Air Television, Streaming/SVOD/Subscription Television, Online/Digital, and Film and Documentary.

In a further expansion of our voting process, and to continue to ensure a broad and diverse cross section of voices and lived experience contribute to our awards, all AACTA members – Professional and General – will vote on the nominees and winners across all major Award categories. Our General membership is inclusive and open to people from all backgrounds, including those that may be facing systemic barriers to their professional development, and we welcome their contribution to the conversation around our culture and creativity.

The determination of Technical Craft nominees and winners across TV, Film and Documentary is limited to Professional members with relevant craft accreditation. Professional members are invited to submit their interest to join a branch in line with their experience and accreditation.

Find out more about viewing and voting in the 2021 AACTA Awards below. 


Round one viewing and voting will determine this year's AACTA Award Nominees and is open to ALL members*. Viewing and voting across each category will be open for the specified period below.

You can view and vote on all eligible entries via AACTA TV.

Round two viewing and voting will determine this year's AACTA Award Winners and is open to ALL members*. Viewing and voting across each category will be open for the specified period below.

You can view and vote on all eligible nominees via AACTA TV.


Voting Categories




Round 1
(Decide the AACTA Nominees)

Round 2
(Decide the AACTA Winners)

Documentary (Feature) Award - Best Documentary June 21 - July 19 July 27 - August 2
Short Form/Online Awards - Best Short Form Comedy
- Best Short Form Drama
- Best Short Form Entertainment
August 12 - September 6 October 31 - November 8
Major TV Awards -Best Children’s Program
-Best Comedy Performer
-Best Comedy Entertainment Program
-Best Direction in Drama or Comedy
-Best Direction in Non-Fiction TV
-Best Documentary or Factual Program
-Best Drama Series
-Best Entertainment Program
-Best Factual Entertainment Program
-Best Lifestyle Program
-Best Lead Actress in a Drama
-Best Lead Actor in a Drama
-Best Miniseries or Telefeature
-Best Narrative Comedy Series
-Best Reality Program
-Best Screenplay in TV
-Best Stand Up Special
-Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
-Best Supporting Actor in a Drama
September 9 - October 8  October 31 - November 8
Major Film Awards  -Best Direction
-Best Film
-Best Indie Film
-Best Lead Actress in Film
-Best Lead Actor in Film
-Best Original Screenplay
-Best Adapted Screenplay
-Best Supporting Actress in Film
-Best Supporting Actor in Film
October 8 - October 18 October 31 - November 8
Technical Craft Awards
TV Technical Craft
-Best Cinematography in TV
-Best Costume Design in TV
-Best Editing in TV
-Best Production Design in TV
-Best Score in TV
-Best Sound in TV
Film Technical Craft
-Best Cinematography in Film
-Best Costume Design in Film
-Best Editing in Film
-Best Production Design in Film
-Best Score in Film
-Best Sound in Film
Documentary Technical Craft
-Best Cinematography in Documentary
-Best Editing in Documentary
-Best Score in Documentary
-Best Sound in Documentary
Other Technical Craft
-Best Casting
-Best Hair and Makeup
-Best Visual Effects or Animation*
September 20 - October 22 N/A

*Best Visual Effects or Animation voting closes at 5.00pm AEDT on October 14, 2021.

Have Your Say


Find out which categories you're eligible to vote in this year. We've opened our voting to more members to ensure we have a diverse and inclusive approach to our AACTA Awards.





Documentary (Feature) Award


Short Form/Online  Awards

Major TV Awards


Major Film Awards


Technical Craft Awards**


*Youth & General member votes are weighted at 0.5
**To vote on the Craft awards you must be a Professional member and register below to join the respective branch/es. Eligibility for voting on Technical Craft awards is based on your industry experience and technical craft accreditation. To update your accreditation, you can email us.


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