The Longford Life Achievement Award is for outstanding contribution to Australian film or television. 'This award is named in honour of Raymond Longford who was one of Australia's great filmmaking pioneers as well as an actor, director, writer and producer. Raymond Longford (1878 - 1959). Being one of the highest accolades the AFI can bestow on an individual, recipients of this award will have shown steadfast commitment and passion through their work - ultimately contributing to the enrichment of Australian culture.'
From 1968 to 2010, the Longford Achievement Award was part of the AFI Awards; from 2011 onwards, the Award (known as the Raymond Longford Award) was presented under the auspices of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.
Source: AFI website, http://www.afi.org.au/