The AACTA Awards Screenings will be held in Sydney at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction and in Melbourne at The Backlot Studios Southbank from October 9-30.
In contention are 14 feature films, four animated shorts and four fiction shorts. Nominees for the feature film, television and documentary categories will be announced later this year. The 3rd AACTA Awards will be staged in Sydney in January.
The 14 features are 100 Bloody Acres, Adoration, Blinder, Dead Europe, Drift, Goddess, The Great Gatsby, Mystery Road, Patrick, Return to Nim's Island, The Rocket, Satellite Boy, Save Your Legs! and Tim Winton’s The Turning.
The nominees for animated short are A Cautionary Tail (Pauline Piper, Simon Rippingale), Butterflies (Warwick Burton, Isabel Peppard), The Dukes of Bröxstônia- Mojo (Stu Connolly) and Woody (Stuart Bowen, Jodi Matterson).
Nominees for best fiction short are The Last Time I Saw Richard ( John Molloy, Nicholas Verso), Perception (Lyn Norfor, Miranda Nation), Record (David Lyons, Dave Szamet) and Tau Seru/Small Yellow Field ( Rodd Rathjen).
“The feature films competing in the 3rd AACTA Awards are incredibly varied in terms of genres and scales of productions, through to experienced versus up and coming cast and crew, making for a very interesting year,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella.
“Competition between the short fiction film and short animation nominees has been tough, and I suspect that determining a winner will be just as hard for our voting members as was choosing the nominees for our juries.”
Screenings are free for members of AACTA and the Australian Film Institute. Those wishing to attend the screenings must join AFI | AACTA by October 2.
For more information and for screening schedules, see the AFI | AACTA website: www.aacta.org