AACTA Awards

Voting

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 FTA Television, Streaming/SVOD/Subscription Television, Online/Digital, and Film and Documentary.

We have updated our voting process this year to allow for a much broader and diverse cross section of members to be involved in the consideration of the entire spectrum of Award categories. Central to changes is hearing from ALL of our Professional and General members when it comes to the determination of the TV Award categories. In a year where screen entertainment has played a much greater role in our lives, bringing us together to watch powerful stories of resilience and aspiration, we strongly urge all of our members to get involved and ensure our Awards broadly reflect the consensus of the Australian Television audience and industry.

All productions under Award’s consideration will be made available on AACTA TV in line with the voting timelines listed below. Additional detail on the productions under consideration are contained in category handbooks and will be made available under each of the respective sections below.

 

TELEVISION

All Professional and General AACTA members undertake the shortlisting of each of the TV Program Award categories. Each respective TV Branch then considers these shortlists to determine nominees and winners in their respective genre of Television. For example, the AACTA Drama Branch deliberates on the shortlists determined by all AACTA members in the Award categories of Best Drama Series, Best Miniseries or Telefeature, Best Actor in TV Drama, Best Actress in TV Drama, Best Supporting Actor in TV Drama, Best Supporting Actress in TV Drama.

Download television voting handbooks below:

AACTA Branches are made up of screen entertainment professionals from all sectors and all professions including commissioners, broadcast executive, publicity, screen craft guild members and practitioners, screen agency executive, along with previous AACTA Award winners and nominees in the category/genre.

The TV Branches are:

  • Entertainment and Factual Entertainment
  • Drama
  • Reality and Lifestyle
  • Comedy
  • Documentary or Factual Program
  • Children’s
  • TV Technical Craft (voting undertaken Sept 15 – Nov 2)

 

VOTING TIMELINE

When?

What is being confirmed?

Who votes?

Which Award categories?

September 15 - October 5 TV Program Award Categories (including associated Acting/Performance categories) - Shortlists Professional and General Best Entertainment Program,
Best Factual Entertainment Program,
Best Reality Program,
Best Drama Series,
All TV Acting,
Best Comedy Program,
Best Comedy Performer,
Best Miniseries or Telefeature,
Best Lifestyle Program,
Best Documentary or Factual Program,
Best Childrens Program
October 6 - October 19 TV Program Award Categories (including associated Acting/Performance categories) - Nominees and Winner Respective Branches (comprised of selected Professional and General members) Best Entertainment Program,
Best Factual Entertainment Program,
Best Reality Program,
Best Drama Series,
All TV Acting,
Best Comedy Program,
Best Comedy Performer,
Best Miniseries or Telefeature,
Best Lifestyle Program,
Best Documentary or Factual Program,
Best Childrens Program

 

 

All AACTA members are allocated into one or more of AACTA's 15 chapters, which each represent a different area of screen craft specialisation (for example screenwriting, editing, directing, acting, etc). Craft Chapter allocation determines each member's voting rights, and to best acknowledge experience and accreditation within chapters, weighting is employed across two rounds of voting.

In the first round, all Professional AACTA members vote to determine the nominees across all film categories, including Best Documentary, in line with their accreditation and Chapter. In the first round, General AACTA members will vote to determine the nominees in Best Film and Best Documentary only. In the second round, all AACTA members will vote to determine the winners in all Film categories, along with winners for Best Documentary, Best Short Film and Best Online Drama or Comedy.

Documentary Technical Craft, across both Documentary (Feature) and Documentary or Factual Program, is determined by the Documentary Technical Craft Branch. Voting is undertaken Sept 15 – Nov 2. Please ensure you submit your interest in joining this Branch by contacting the awards department at awards@afi.org.au.

Download voting handbooks below:

SHORT FILM & ONLINE / DIGITAL

All Professional, General and Student members vote to determine the nominees and winners for Best Online Drama or Comedy and Best Short Film in a two round process. Voting for the Best Online Entertainment award is undertaken by the Online Entertainment Branch. Please ensure you submit your interest in joining this Branch by contacting the awards department at awards@afi.org.au. (Please note, due to low entry numbers in the Short Animation category, these productions will be considered alongside Short live action film in the category of Short Film).

Short Film Handbook

Online Drama or Comedy Handbook

 

 

VOTING TIMELINE

When?

What is being confirmed?

Who votes?

Which Award categories?

August 25 - September 14 Online Drama or Comedy and Short Film Awards - Nominees Professional, General and Student Best Online Drama or Comedy,
Best Short Film
September 15 - October 12 Online Entertainment Award - Shortlist, Nominees, Winner Online Entertainment Branch Best Online Entertainment
September 29 - October 12 Film and Documentary Award Categories - Nominees Professional and General Best Film,
Best Documentary,
All Film Acting,
All Film Craft
October 14 - October 21 Visual Effects or Animation - Shortlist, Nominees, Winner AACTA VFX Chapter Members/VES Members Best Visual Effects or Animation
November 2 - November 8 Film, Documentary and Short Film Award Categories - Winners Professional and General Best Film,
Best Documentary,
Best Short Film,
Best Online Drama or Comedy

 

 

VISUAL EFFECTS & ANIMATION

All AACTA VFX Chapter members (along with VES members) undertake the shortlisting of candidates from film and television for the Best Visual Effects or Animation Award. All registered voters will be able to access a virtual Bake Off (Oct 14 TBC), where entrants will show and discuss the work undertaken, and voting will be undertaken thereafter. A Jury of highly regarded and relevantly experienced VFX/Animation industry professionals will determine the nominees and winner on Oct 21 (TBC).

Visual Effects or Animation handbook is available for download here.

 

CASTING

A Branch of highly regarded and relevantly experienced Casting professionals will determine the nominees and winner of the Best Casting Award. The Best Casting award is drawn from both Television and Film, and voting is undertaken Sept 15 to Nov 2. Please ensure you submit your interest in joining this Branch by contacting the awards department at awards@afi.org.au.

 

HAIR & MAKEUP

A Branch of highly regarded and relevantly experienced Hair and Makeup professionals will determine the nominees and winner of the Best Hair and Makeup Award. The Best Hair and Makeup award is drawn from both Television and Film, and voting is undertaken Sept 15 to Nov 2. Please ensure you submit your interest in joining this Branch by contacting the awards department at awards@afi.org.au.

Moore Australia is the official scrutineer of the AACTA Awards.

 

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