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 AACTA members (with AFI members also partaking in Short Film voting).
Ernst & Young is the official scrutineer for the AACTA Awards.
AACTA Member Voting
In line with best practice 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 and/or television genre do so, in turn ensuring that the AACTA Awards represent the pinnacle of screen achievement in Australia.
Feature Film Voting
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. To best acknowledge experience and accreditation within chapters, weighting is employed across Round One and Round Two Feature Film voting.
Round One Voting | 2–10 October 2018
During Round One voting, each AACTA member votes to determine the following:
- Best Film nominees: all AACTA members vote to determine up to five nominees for the AACTA Award for Best Film presented by Foxtel.
- Best Indie Film shortlist: all AACTA members vote to determine up to 10 films that will make up the shortlist of low budget, independent films to be deliberated by the Best Indie Film Award Jury. This Jury will confirm up to five nominees to move through to Round Two Feature Film voting.
- Feature Film nominees: members from each of AACTA's craft chapters vote to determine the feature film nominees in the category/s specific to their craft specialisation.
- Feature Documentary nominees: all AACTA members vote to determine the nominees of the AACTA Award for Best Feature Documentary. The shortlist in this category will be determined by the AACTA Documentary Branch.
- Short Film winners: all AACTA members, and AFI members, vote to determine the winners of the Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation categories. The nominees in these categories were determined by the AACTA Short Film Branch.
In Round One, nominees will be determined by preferential voting, while winners will be determined by a simple majority vote.
Round Two Voting | 29 October–6 November 2018
During Round Two voting, all AACTA members (regardless of chapter allocation) vote to determine the following:
- Feature Film winners: all AACTA members vote to determine the winners across all feature film categories.
- Feature Documentary winners: all AACTA members vote to determine the winner of the AACTA Award for Best Feature Documentary.
- Hair and Makeup winners: all AACTA members vote to determine the winner of the AACTA Award for Best Hair and Makeup. The nominees in this category will be determined by the Hair and Makeup Jury.
In Round Two, winners are determined by a simple majority vote.
To best acknowledge experience and accreditation within chapters, weighting is employed across Round One and Round Two voting. Winners are determined by a simple majority vote, in line with BAFTA and AMPAS methodology.
The determination of the Television Awards is undertaken by the AACTA Branch specific to that genre of Television. For example, the AACTA Drama Branch deliberates on all Drama entries and will determine nominees and winners across all categories relevant to Drama. In line with best practice international models, voting is conducted in two rounds – from mid-August through to the beginning of October – with Round One determining respective shortlists and Round Two determining respective nominees and winner.
AACTA Branches are made up of previous AACTA and AFI Award winners and nominees in the category/genre, along with AACTA members with sufficient accreditation and industry experience. Craft Chapter allocation determines weighting employed across Round One and Round Two Television Craft voting. Craft shortlists are determined by each respective Branch, with the AACTA Television Craft Branch determining final nominees and winners.
AACTA Television Branches are:
- Documentary or Factual Program
- Lifestyle and Reality
- Subscription Television
- Television Craft
As part of the Branch voting process, Branch members are required to:
- View all productions entered in the category/genre which they are judging (approximately 10-30 hours of viewing depending on the category/genre). Branch members will have a minimum of four to six weeks to view the relevant productions via AACTA TV.
- Assess and provide preferential votes in a two-round process.
Branch members' names will be publicly released at the end of each year in AFI | AACTA's annual Year in Review publication, ensuring transparency and authenticity in the judging and voting process. However, the specific branch in which individual members participated will not be published.
Juries of highly regarded and relevantly experienced screen professionals are formed to determine the nominees and winners in a selection of AACTA Award categories. These categories are: Best Visual Effects or Animation, Best Online Video or Series, Best Casting and Best Hair and Makeup (nominees only).
As part of the jury process, jurors are required to:
- View all productions entered in the category which they are judging (approximately 10 to 30 hours of viewing depending on the number of entries and the category). Jurors will have a minimum of four to six weeks to view the relevant productions via AACTA TV.
- Assess and shortlist productions for discussion at the jury meeting.
- Participate in a jury meeting. All jury meetings will be run out of Melbourne, with a specified office for Sydney-based jurors to assemble and dial in from. Jurors in other States will also participate via conference call. Individual juror's votes are not disclosed to the rest of the jury and winners are not revealed by the scrutineer at any of the jury meetings.
Jurors' names will be publicly released at the end of each year in AFI | AACTA's annual Year in Review publication, ensuring transparency and authenticity in the judging and voting process. However, the specific jury on which individual jurors participated will not be published.
Jurors must not have any vested interest in any of the entries which they are assessing and jurors are required to sign a statutory declaration attesting to this.
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