2024 AACTA Industry Awards winners – Hosted by entertainment icon Harry Connick Jr., the AACTA Industry Awards after another high-quality year of Australian screen content, Talk to Me, The Australian Wars, Deadloch and The Lost Flowers Of Alice Hart walked away as the big winners of the night.

The AACTA Industry Awards were presented by a range of Australian screen greats, including Warwick Thornton, Kate McCartney, Kate McLennan, Darren Gilshenan, Zoe Coombs Marr and more. 15 productions took out 28 awards, recognising excellence in screen craft across film, television, documentary, short film, and digital production.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Deadloch and The Australian Wars dominated the television categories, walking away with three awards each. The Australian Wars won both Best Documentary or Factual Program and Best Direction in Nonfiction Television.

The most nominated production for this year was The Newsreader, which scooped up the highly coveted Best Direction in Drama or Comedy and will look to bring home even more wins from its additional seven nominations at the AACTA Awards Ceremony on Saturday 10th February.

Brothers Danny and Michael Philippous break-out hit Talk to Me received the highest number of awards on the night with five, including Best Screenplay and Best Editing in Film.

The other big winner across the film categories was The New Boy, collecting two wins including Best Cinematography in Film. Warwick Thornton’s film is competing for an additional six awards, while Talk to Me is up for an additional five at Saturday’s Ceremony.

Australian filmmaking veteran and former Byron Kennedy Award Winner Ivan Sen’s Limbo won Best Indie Film. The VFX team behind the Hollywood blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny took home the AACTA Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation.

Groundbreaking comedy Latecomers took home the award for Best Online Drama or Comedy and Best Short Film went to Finding Addison.

AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said,

“We applaud the exceptional craftsmanship and dedication of Australia’s screen industry showcased at the 2024 AACTA Industry Awards. Congratulations to all the deserving winners, whose talent and innovation continue to push the boundaries of storytelling. These awards not only honour the outstanding achievements of our industry’s finest but also serve as a testament to the vibrant creativity that defines Australian cinema and television.”

Amanda Laing, Foxtel Group Chief Commercial and Content Officer and BINGE Managing Director, said,

“Our creative community is flourishing, and the world-class talent we have here in Australia is at the heart of this vibrant industry. Congratulations to all the winners today, and to everyone that was nominated and recognised.”

Highlights from the 2024 AACTA Industry Awards presented by Foxtel Group will be available on AACTA’s YouTube channel in the days following the ceremony.

The remainder of this year’s AACTA Award winners will be announced at the 2024 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel Group Ceremony on Saturday 10 February at HOTA on the Gold Coast. The AACTA Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on Channel Ten at 7pm AEDT that evening.

A special director’s cut including all awards from the ceremony will be available at 7:30pm on Sunday 11 February on BINGE and Foxtel On-Demand and on AACTA TV.

For a full list of AACTA Industry Award winners and nominees click here. The 2024 AACTA Industry Awards forms part of the inaugural AACTA Festival, a four-day celebration of Australia’s vibrant screen industry. With more than 90 events, AACTA Festival will present a dynamic array of insightful panels, meet-and-greets, screenings and activities offering a place for the Australian screen industry to connect from February 8-11, 2024. 

Many nominees and winners from the AACTA Industry Awards will be presenting on panels and discussions throughout the Festival. AACTA Festival will be held at the Home of the Arts (HOTA) on the Gold Coast, a destination renowned for its beauty and vibrant cultural scene. Find out more at aactafestival.com

Queensland’s Tourism Minister Michael Healy said it was fitting to honour the screen industry on the Gold Coast.

“Queensland is the country’s screen production capital and celebrating the industry’s best here is an honour. We are always looking to attract more production to Queensland and in turn, share our spectacular landscapes, culture and people with the world through the screen. We’re hoping viewers and attendees are so inspired by what they’ve seen of the Gold Coast, that they return for their next holiday.”

Queensland Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the AACTA Industry Awards offer important recognition for the remarkable skill and creativity of our country’s finest screen practitioners.

“The AACTA Industry Awards shine the spotlight on the talented people working tirelessly across productions, bringing their years of dedication and training to the fore, and highlighting their vital contributions to Australian dramas and documentaries.

“The Queensland Government through Screen Queensland is proud to support these awards as part of the inaugural AACTA Festival on the Gold Coast and we congratulate all of this year’s nominees and winners.”

“We are incredibly proud to be a destination of choice for film and television producers worldwide not just because of our natural assets, but also our world-class studios and importantly the depth of talent among our vast local network of skilled technicians and crews,”

said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

“These industry creatives are the backbone of the film and television sector and are instrumental in creating the magic we see on screen. I congratulate all the winners and nominees at this year’s AACTA Industry Awards.”

Key Details:

2024 AACTA Industry Awards: Thursday, 8 February

2024 AACTA Awards Ceremony: Saturday, 10 February

AACTA Awards Broadcast: Channel Ten at 7pm AEDT, Saturday 10 February

AACTA Festival: Thursday, 8 February – Sunday, 11 February

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For information on the AACTA Festival, click here.

See the full list of 2024 AACTA Industry Award Winners below

In film, 5 productions won across 10 Awards

FILM

  • AACTA Award for Best Casting in Film presented by Casting Networks: Shayda – Anousha Zarkesh
  • AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in Film: The New Boy – Warwick Thornton
  • AACTA Award for Best Costume Design in Film: Carmen – Emily Seresin
  • AACTA Award for Best Editing in Film presented by Spectrum Films: Talk to Me – Geoff Lamb
  • AACTA Award for Best Indie Film: Limbo – Ivan Sen (Dir.), David Jowsey, Greer Simpkin, Rachel Higgins – Bunya Productions
  • AACTA Award for Best Original Score in Film: Talk to Me – Cornel Wilczek
  • AACTA Award for Best Production Design in Film: The New Boy – Amy Baker
  • AACTA Award for Best Screenplay in Film: Talk to Me – Danny Philippou, Bill Hinzman
  • AACTA Award for Best Sound in Film Talk to Me – Emma Bortignon, Pete Smith, Nick Steele

In TV, 5 productions won across 12 Awards

TELEVISION

  • AACTA Award for Best Casting in Television presented by Casting Networks: Deadloch – Alison Telford, Kate Leonard
  • AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in Television: The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Episode 1 – Sam Chiplin
  • AACTA Award for Best Costume Design in Television: The Newsreader – Episode 4 – Zed Dragojlovich
  • AACTA Award for Best Direction in Drama or Comedy: The Newsreader (Episode 4) – Emma Freeman
  • AACTA Award for Best Direction in Nonfiction Television: The Australian Wars (Episode 1) – Rachel Perkins, Dylan River, Tov Belling
  • AACTA Award for Best Documentary or Factual Program: The Australian Wars – Darren Dale, Rachel Perkins, Belinda Mravicic – Blackfella Films Pty Ltd (NITV, SBS)
  • AACTA Award for Best Editing in a Documentary: The Australian Wars – Andrea Lang, Mark Atkin, Hilary Balmond
  • AACTA Award for Best Editing in Television: Deadloch – Episode 1 – Angie Higgins
  • AACTA Award for Best Entertainment Program: Eurovision Song Contest 2023 – Grand Final – Paul Clarke, Emily Griggs – Blink TV Production Pty Ltd (SBS)
  • AACTA Award for Best Original Score in Television: Deadloch – Episode 1 – Amanda Brown
  • AACTA Award for Best Production Design in Television: The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Episode 1 – Melinda Doring
  • AACTA Award for Best Sound in Television: The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Episode 6 – David Lee, Robert Mackenzie, Leah Katz, James Ashton

In Documentary, 3 productions won across 3 Awards

DOCUMENTARY     

              

  • AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary: The Giants – Sherwin Akbarzadeh
  • AACTA Award for Best Original Score in a Documentary: The Dark Emu Story – Caitlin Yeo, Damien Lane
  • AACTA Award for Best Sound in a Documentary: Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story – David Williams

ONLINE     

                               

  • AACTA Award for Best Online Drama or Comedy: Latecomers – Liam Heyen, Hannah Ngo, Angus Thompson, Emma Myers, Nina Oyama, Madeleine Gottlieb, Alistair Baldwin – Mad Ones Films & Lazy Susan Films

SHORT FILM

  • AACTA Award for Best Short Film: Finding Addison – Francisca Braithwaite, Jess Milne, Nick Bolton – Blue Sparrow Entertainment

OTHER

  • AACTA Award for Best Hair and Makeup presented by HASK: Talk to Me – Rebecca Buratto, Paul Katte, Nick Nicolaou
  • AACTA Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny – Andrew Whitehurst, Kathy Siegel, Alistair Williams, Julian Hutchens, Ian Cope – Rising Sun Pictures

About AACTA

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) is a not-for-profit organisation, aimed at promoting, encouraging, and celebrating screen excellence in Australia. The Australian Academy is Australia’s only independent, member-based, national screen organisation that represents all differing screen crafts, from directors to producers, actors, writers, musicians, and a vast number of members in below-the-line roles.

For over 60 years, the AACTA Awards (formerly the AFI Awards) have recognised and celebrated Australia’s highest achievements in film, television, short form, and digital content. The AACTA Awards are Australia’s most prestigious screen ceremony, embracing a diverse range of screen productions and recognising some of the biggest and brightest names in the industry. AACTA remains committed to supporting and encouraging the next generation of industry talent through a variety of development initiatives aimed at providing opportunities and support for up-and-coming creatives.

The AACTA Awards are proudly presented by Foxtel Group and supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland and Screen Queensland, and Experience Gold Coast.

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