AFI | AACTA responds to WIFT NSW criticism of selection process

13 December, 2016 by AFI | AACTA

To the members of the Australian screen industry,

Gender equity has long been central to the AFI | AACTA mission of recognising and supporting excellence, from our finest women in front of the camera, to those excelling in the many critical crafts behind it, and right across film, documentary and many key genres of television (including drama, comedy, children’s, light entertainment, comedy, reality and lifestyle).


Whilst composition of industry juries is complex (taking into accounts skills, experience, geography, age, conflicts etc) we’ve been pleased to achieve strong gender balance. We call for jurors each year and this cycle, whilst 40 per cent of all applicants were female, through affirmative action we ultimately achieved a jury make up of 48 per cent women.

Our annual policy review incorporates all submissions we receive. Whilst our Feature Film pre-selection jury this year comprised 50 per cent women (and supported a record 28 films in competition) further changes to Feature Film eligibility are forecast as the underlying production landscape continues to evolve. We look forward to meeting with WIFT NSW and other interested parties through the policy review process.

We’d like to take this chance to again thank our members for their support and involvement in the many events and programs we undertake year on year.

The AFI | AACTA Board & Executive