The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced today the nominees for Best Feature Length Documetary as well as the 35 feature films in competition for this years AACTA Awards.
AACTA has announced five nominees for Best Feature Length Documentary: CASTING JONBENÉT, DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE, DEEP WATER: THE REAL STORY, WHITELEY and ZACH’S CEREMONY.
In addition, a record breaking 35 feature films will compete for nominations at this year’s AACTA Awards.
The full list of feature films in competition are: 2:22, A FEW LESS MEN, ALI’S WEDDING, AUSTRALIA DAY, BAD BLOOD, BAD GIRL, BERLIN SYNDROME,BETTER WATCH OUT, BLUE WORLD ORDER, THE BUTTERFLY TREE, THE COLOUR OF DARKNESS, DANCE ACADEMY: THE MOVIE, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM, DON’T TELL, DRAMA, ELLIPSIS, EMO: THE MUSICAL, EVENT ZERO, HOUNDS OF LOVE, JASPER JONES, JUNGLE, KILLING GROUND, THE LEGEND OF BEN HALL, THE LEGO® BATMAN MOVIE, LION, ONE LESS GOD, THE OSIRIS CHILD: SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME ONE, RED DOG: TRUE BLUE, RIP TIDE, SKIN DEEP, THE SPACE BETWEEN, THAT’S NOT ME, THREE SUMMERS, WHAT IF IT WORKS? and ZELOS.
AACTA has also introduced a new film eligibility policy due to some backlash with last years nominations, these changes have caused a 74% increase in the number of female filmmakers and a marked increase in the number of emerging filmmakers competing.
AFI Award-winning actor David Wenham competes with his feature film directorial debut ELLIPSIS, alongside exciting new talent including Ben Young with HOUNDS OF LOVE and Garth Davis, whose debut feature film LION received six Oscar® nominations. Past AFI and AACTA Award-winning and nominated directors competing include: Cate Shortland (BERLIN SYNDROME), Jeffrey Walker (ALI’S WEDDING, DANCE ACADEMY: THE MOVIE), Kriv Stenders (RED DOG: TRUE BLUE, AUSTRALIA DAY) and Rachel Perkins (JASPER JONES).
This year’s mix of feature films in competition also sees an exciting showcase of Australia’s young actors, including Levi Miller, Aaron McGrath, Angourie Rice, Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Xenia Goodwin, and Indian actor Sunny Pawar, who won the hearts of audiences worldwide as the young Saroo in LION.
These young actors compete alongside top Australian and international talent, including: Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Daniel Radcliffe, Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Magda Szubanski, Michael Caton, Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Aaron Pedersen, Teresa Palmer and Melissa George.
7TH AACTA AWARDS PRESENTED BY FOXTEL
AACTA’s two major Awards events will both be held this December at The Star Event Centre in Sydney – the home of the AACTA Awards.
- The 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel | Industry Luncheon will be held on Monday 4 December; and
- The 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel | Ceremony & Official After Party will be held on Wednesday 6 December, televised on Channel Seven with encore screenings on Foxtel.
Tickets for both events will go on sale in early October 2017.