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AACTA Awards adds online video category

The AACTA Awards has opened for 2017 entries and announced a new category: Best Online Video or Series.

The new award will be open to scripted Australian productions that are intended primarily for online release and viewing with nominees to be determined by a panel of jurors.

AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said, “Over the last couple of years a wealth of Australian content has been made specifically for online viewing, with hits including Bondi Hipsters, The Katering Show, The Rackaracka’s Versus, DAFUQ?, Aunty Donna: 1999, and Starting From…Now! which concluded in 2016 following five successful seasons.

“With Screen Australia’s Multiplatform Fund and other progressive funding initiatives including ABC’s Long Story Short and Fresh Blood, and Google’s Skip Ahead, the scope for online specific-content is only growing.

“AACTA is proud to extend the reach of our awards into dedicated online content, marking an exciting new pathway for recognising Australian talent working in the burgeoning online space.”

AACTAs has also broadened the definition of a ‘theatrical release’ for Feature Film eligibility to include major local and international film festival screenings (including MIFF, SFF, Adelaide Film Festival, CinefestOz, GCFF, FFS and Mardi Gras Film Festival). AACTA’s revised policy also makes considerations for releases outside of a commercial cinema setting, such as VOD and SVOD platforms.

Entries are now open for the following categories for 2017: Feature Film; Feature Length Documentary; Documentary Television Program; Short Fiction Film; Short Animation; Television Drama Series, Telefeature and Mini Series; Television Comedy Series; Light Entertainment Television Series; Reality Television Series; Lifestyle Television Program; Children’s Television Series; Subscription Television; and Online Video or Series.

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