Creating an Academy
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) was established by the Australian Film Institute (AFI) in August 2011 following a 12 month review period.
The review period sought to identify new ways of recognising screen excellence in Australia, with the overall aim of elevating national and international understanding of Australia's existing preeminent film and television awards, the AFI Awards.
The review also sought to identify ways in which the AFI could better represent and be more inclusive of the whole screen industry, including distributors, exhibitors and the crafts.
The review included many elements - such as examining the membership, governance and awards models adopted by international screen organisations, and consulting Australia's key industry bodies, in particular each of the Guilds - culminating in the AFI's proposal to create an 'Australian Academy'.
The final step in the review period was an industry consultation period, which identified overwhelming support for the core principals proposed under the 'Academy', and paved the path for AACTA to be established. To read statements received from screen guilds and other important industry professionals in support of the establishment of an Australian Academy click here.
In line with international best-practice models, AACTA draws upon some of the well recognised and understood elements of the AMPAS (USA) and BAFTA (UK) models, while tailoring these to meet local industry needs and traditions, and to ensure that the AACTA organsiaton model and the AACTA Awards remain distinctly Australian.
Given the aim of elevating international recognition of the AACTA Awards, the Awards will take place in January of each year in order to fall in line and engage with the international Awards period which incorporates the Golden Globe© Awards, Academy Awards© and BAFTA Awards.
Footage from the launch of AACTA, held at the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal, can be seen here.