Voting in the AACTA Awards determines which performers, practitioners and productions will be honoured with Australia's highest screen accolade - an AACTA Award.
Voting is exclusive to AFI and AACTA members.
Ernst & Young is the official scrutineer for the 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel.
In line with best practice international models, AACTA members (screen professionals who have undergone an accreditation process) vote via a two-round voting model. This two-step model allows for a more consistent and rigorous approach to voting, ensuring that those best qualified to recognise excellence in their specific craft do so, in turn ensuring that the AACTA Awards represent the pinnacle of screen achievement in Australia.
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). Chapter allocation determines each member's voting rights as outlined in the AACTA Awards voting model.
To best acknowledge experience and accreditation within chapters, weighting is employed across Round One and Round Two voting.
Round One Voting | Closed
During Round One voting, each AACTA member voted to determine the following:
- Best Film nominees: all AACTA members voted to determine up to five nominees for the AACTA Award for Best Film presented by Foxtel.
- Feature Film nominees: members from each of AACTA's craft chapters voted to determine the feature film nominees in the category/s specific to their craft specialisation.
- Feature Length Documentary winner: all AACTA members voted to determine the winner of the AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary. The nominees in this category were determined by the AACTA Documentary Branch.
- Short Film winners: all AACTA members voted to determine the winners of the Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation categories. The nominees in these categories were determined by AACTA Award juries.
In Round One, nominees were determined by preferential voting, while winners were determined by a simple majority vote.
Round Two Voting | Closed
During Round Two voting, each AACTA member voted to determine the following:
- Feature Film winners: all AACTA members (regardless of chapter allocation) voted to determine the winners across all feature film categories.
- Hair and Makeup winner: all AACTA members (regardless of chapter allocation) voted to determine the winner of the AACTA Award for Best Hair and Makeup. The nominees in this category were determined by AACTA Award juries.
In Round Two, winners are determined by a simple majority vote.
AFI members (open to all screen enthusiasts) voted during Round One (2-12 October 2017) to determine the winners in the Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation categories.
The nominees in these categories were determined by juries of industry professionals.
Winners were determined by a simple majority vote, in line with BAFTA and AMPAS methodology.
Juries of highly experience screen professionals from a cross-section of crafts are formed to determine the nominees and winners in a selection of AACTA Award categories. Read more about AACTA Juries.
In 2017, AACTA opening the Best Feature Length Documentary Jury process to all AACTA members with documentary credits, known as AACTA's Documentary Branch. The Documentary Branch will undertake the role of the Feature Length Documentary Jury - previously made up of 8-10 industry experts - determining the Feature Length Documentary nominees and short listing craft candidates to be considered by the Documentary Craft Jury.
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