These Awards are a continuum of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, which began in 1958.
Australia's highest film and television Awards, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards are Australia's equivalent of the Oscars and the BAFTAs.
These Awards see practitioners from a broad cross-section of crafts come together to be recognised and awarded for outstanding work within their fields, and in recognition for their contribution to the Australian film, television, documentary and short film production industries.
The AACTA Awards are determined by accredited screen professionals, who are members of the Australian Academy, through an annual voting process, marking the highest screen accolade in Australia.
The inaugural AACTA Awards were held in Sydney and Los Angeles in January 2012, following the launch of AACTA by the AFI in August 2011.
The 2nd AACTA Awards were held in Sydney and Los Angeles in January 2013.
Source: AACTA website http://www.aacta.org/the-awards.aspx (Sighted 04/12/2013)
'The AACTA [Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts] Awards see practitioners from a broad cross-section of crafts come together to be recognised and awarded for outstanding work within their fields, and in recognition for their contribution to the Australian film, television, documentary and shorts production industries.
'The AACTA Awards are determined by professionally accredited screen professionals, culminating in the prestigious annual Awards Ceremony. The AACTA Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on national television, allowing Australia's screen loving public to take a front row seat at the film and television industry's premier Awards night.
'The 2011 Awards mark the inauguration of the AACTA Awards, which are a continuum of the proud tradition of celebrating Australia's screen excellence and heritage established by the Australian Film Institute's (AFI) Awards.'
Source: Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts website, http://www.aacta.org/
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