MEDIA ALERT March 11, 2009
Welcome to the AFI Awards for 2009!
For over 50 years, the AFI Awards have identified and recognised excellence in Australian screen production. Each year, the AFI rigorously reviews the Awards process as we endeavor to develop in step with our evolving industry. We are grateful for the ongoing engagement and support of the film and television industry and the feedback that we have received to date that has facilitated this process. As a result of this review the AFI is proposing a number of rule changes heading into the 2009 AFI Awards season, in the following areas: New Documentary awards & entry fee change Feature film eligibility change Short Fiction film and Short Animation duration change Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run series rule update New Children’s Television Animation award The inclusion of animators as “Other Key Cast & Crew” Expansion of the number of Sound Nominees Television Visual Effects rule update Lead Actor and Lead Actress in Television Drama eligibility update Young Actor eligibility update Expansion of the number of Executive Producers In addition, the AFI is pleased to confirm the 2009 entry fees, call for entries and jurors dates and entry closing deadlines. We invite and welcome your comment on the individual rule changes as well as on the AFI Awards entry process overall. Please review our proposed rule changes and email us your feedback prior to 5pm, Friday March 27. All suggestions will be reviewed and considered prior to finalising our Rule Book for 2009, as well as being published on the AFI website. 2009 promises to be an exciting year for Australian production – we look forward to sharing the journey with you.
Damian Trewhella CEO Australian Film Institute Ensure you are kept up to date on all our AFI News, subscribe at afi.org.au
Please email your feedback to mailto:email@example.com by 5pm, Friday March 27.
Note that all comments will be posted unedited on the AFI website, along with your name and the date and time received. Please note that we cannot accept or publish anonymous comments. However, if you wish your feedback to remain confidential and not be published, please indicate this in your feedback. Page 1 of 6
In 2009 the AFI intend to restructure the AFI Awards Documentary category. We propose to present the following new awards: AFI Award for Best Short Documentary AFI Award for Best Feature Length Documentary AFI Award for Best Documentary Series In addition to the existing awards, AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary AFI Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary AFI Award for Best Sound in a Documentary. We are also pleased to propose an entry fee reduction in 2009 from $500 to $400 for the Feature Length and Documentary Series entries. Entries & materials close: Wednesday 13 May Films completed between 14 May 2008 – 12 May 2009 Entry Fees: $400* Feature Length Documentary & Documentary Series $350* Short Documentary
Rationale The AFI’s decision, to augment the Documentary Awards is in response to the proliferation of production and entries in the Documentary category. The AFI recognise the need for these entries to be judged in like categories allowing the industry to acknowledge excellence in the differing forms of documentary filmmaking.
To best represent the breadth and diversity of contemporary feature production within AFI Awards constraints, we propose a multi-tiered eligibility criteria in 2009. Films that achieve our three capital city release entry criteria, which is: “publicly exhibited during the release period for paid admission in a commercial cinema, for a run of at least seven consecutive days, in a minimum of three Australian capital cities - including Sydney and Melbourne” will directly qualify for entry. Films that are unable to qualify directly, but can achieve our one capital city release entry criteria being: “publicly exhibited during the release period for paid admission in a commercial cinema, for a run of at least seven consecutive days, in any Australian capital city where the film has a production budget of less than $1.5 million” or achieve an adequate DVD release in the period being: “a Videogram commercially released to the Australian market within the Release Period with a minimum distribution of 1000 copies” will be eligible to participate in a pre-selection process for the 2009 AFI Awards. Films that enter the AFI Awards in 2009 and fail to gain pre-selection will be entitled to an 80% refund of their entry fee.
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To facilitate this pre-selection jury process, the entry closing dates will be staggered in 2009. Films entering the AFI Awards through the one capital city and DVD release avenue are required to submit their entry forms and supporting materials earlier than the three capital city release entries. Online Entries close Supporting materials close: Wednesday 20 May Wednesday 10 June Friday 10 July
(1 capital city release & DVD release entries) (3 capital city release entries)
Films released in Australia for the first time between 2 October 2008 – 30 September 2009 Entry Fees: $1500* Film with a production budget over $2 million $1000* Film with a production budget under $2 million
Rationale The proliferation and breadth of feature production determines that pre-selection for films that will not achieve a more conventional release is a necessary component of eligibility. Such criteria ensures the broadest spectrum of filmmakers have an opportunity to participate.
Short Fiction Film & Animation Duration
In 2008 Short Fiction Film and Short Animation entries were limited to a maximum 70 minutes in duration. The AFI propose to change the maximum duration of eligible short fiction and short animation entries to be up to 40 minutes duration in 2009. Rationale The AFI has benchmarked the duration of Short Fiction and Short Animation against key local and international award and festival program guidelines most of which limit the duration to 30-40 minutes. The proposed change brings the AFI in line with other significant award programs.
Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series
In 2008 Short Run Series was established as an eligible category in the AFI Awards. The intent of the Short Run Series category was to allow those short run series that were being created as a ‘one off’ television events to be judged against other like programming. We have reviewed further the mechanics of this new category as we enter its second year and propose an update to this rule for 2009. This update stipulates that a “Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series would not be eligible to enter in this category if the Production is a continuation of or related to a Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series that entered in a previous year”. Short Run Series’ that continue into a second series are eligible for entry into AFI Awards as a Television Drama Series. Rationale This rule change is being proposed as the intent of the creation of the Short Run Series category in 2008 was to allow those short run series that were being created as a ‘one off’ television events to be judged against other like programming in the Telefeature, Mini Series and Short Run Series category. The AFI deem series that return, regardless of number of episodes to be drama series, and as such should be judged against other Drama Series.
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New Children’s Television Animation Category
In response to the growth in production in the area of children’s animation, the AFI are pleased to announce the creation of a new children’s AFI Award for animation in 2009. We will present both the: AFI Award for Best Children’s Television Animation AFI Award for Best Children’s Television Drama.
In 2009 up to four animators per entry will be able to be nominated as “Other Key Cast & Crew” in the following AFI Award categories, Feature Film, Television, Short Fiction and Short Animation. Animators will now be eligible for Outstanding Achievement Awards.
The AFI is pleased to announce that it has expanded the number of eligible nominees for sound awards. In 2009 we will accept up to six nominees for the following two sound awards, AFI Award for Best Sound in a Documentary AFI Award for Best Sound
Television VFX Entries
After a review of the process in 2008, Television Visual Effects entries will be able to select the three scenes that are submitted to the visual effects jury from the entire series in 2009, rather than being restricted to the two episodes entered for Best Television Drama.
Lead Actor and Lead Actress in Television Drama
The AFI has decided to repeal the rule that stipulates that a Lead Actor or a Lead Actress must appear in both entered episodes, in order to qualify as a Lead Actor or Lead Actress. Whilst we still recommend where possible the Lead Actor or Actress should appear in both of the entered episodes, it is not mandatory in 2009.
In 2009, Young Actors will need to be in a Lead, Guest or Supporting role in order to be eligible to be considered for the Young Actor Award.
In 2009 up to six Executive Producers will be able to be listed on the online entry for each entered production.
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2009 ENTRY FEES, DEADLINES & ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The AFI will call for entries and jurors mid April, 2009. SHORT FICTION FILM & SHORT ANIMATION: Entries & materials close: Wednesday 13 May Films must be completed between 14 May 2008 – 12 May 2009 Entry Fees: $330* Film over 20 minutes in duration $200* Film under 20 minutes in duration
DOCUMENTARY: Entries & materials close: Wednesday 13 May Films must be completed between 14 May 2008 – 12 May 2009 Entry Fees: $400* Feature Length Documentary & Documentary Series $350* Short Documentary
FEATURE FILM: Online Entries close: Supporting materials close:
*Specific criteria apply.
Wednesday 20 May Wednesday 10 June Friday 10 July
(1 capital city & DVD release entries) (3 capital city release entries)
Films released* in Australia for the first time between 2 October 2008 – 30 September 2009 Entry Fees: $1500* Film with a production budget over $2 million $1000* Film with a production budget under $2 million
TELEVISION: Entries & materials close: Friday 10 July
Television productions broadcast in Australia for the first time between 2 October 2008 – 30 September 2009 Entry Fees: $1000* for Mini Series, Telefeatures, Drama Series & Short Run Series, Comedy & Light Entertainment Series and Children’s Drama & Animation. $750* for Children’s Telefeatures under 60 minutes in duration
*All prices listed include GST.
Ensure you are kept up to date on all our AFI News, subscribe at afi.org.au For more information on entering the AFI Awards and the AFI please contact:
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Helene Carter Awards Manager T 03 9696 1844 firstname.lastname@example.org
The AFI gratefully acknowledges the support of our government sponsors. Principal Government Sponsor: Film Victoria and the Victorian State Government
Major Government Sponsor: Screen Australian and the Australian Government
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