AACTA Awards sets 2024 date

AACTAs to be held in February at HOTA on the Gold Coast.

The 2024 AACTA Awards will be held on Saturday February 10, at HOTA, Home of the Arts the Gold Coast.

This marks Queensland’s first time hosting the Awards, to be broadcast nationally on 10 and replayed on FOX Docos on Foxtel. It will also be available to stream on demand via Foxtel, Binge and AACTA TV.

The Gold Coast event follows a shift from New South Wales in 2022, with no event to be held in the 2023 calendar year.

The AACTA Industry Awards will be held on Thursday February 8 also at HOTA.

AACTA is also set to roll out an array of exclusive events on the Gold Coast. The events will cater to diverse audiences, from industry veterans and budding screen creatives to ardent fans of both mainstream and niche screen mediums, as well as families. The festival, spanning from Wednesday February 7 to Sunday February 11, will be a celebration of film, TV, streaming, music, and digital content.

Among the festival highlights is a day devoted exclusively to First Nations content and creatives, networking hubs to connect with key industry, as well as a Screen Careers Expo, specifically tailored for those curious about pursuing a career in film or television. Full details will be released in November.

AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said, “It’s been an exciting year for the Australian screen industry with an abundance of original and innovative productions growing loyal fanbases here and increasingly engaging massive audiences overseas.

“As we approach the next AACTA Awards, the excitement is palpable. The Australian Academy look forward to bringing our industry together on the sunny Gold Coast as we celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our filmmakers, storytellers, and screen practitioners.”

Amanda Laing, Chief Commercial and Content Officer at Foxtel Group said, “Queensland is an industry hot bed for creativity and production, so we’re thrilled to see the AACTA Awards and Festival move to the heart of the action on the Gold Coast and take place during the global awards season in February 2024.

“We’re pleased to once again be the presenting partner of this important event to celebrate the world-class content being produced by our creative industry. The AACTA Awards will be sparkling brighter than ever next year on the Gold Coast and the Home of the Arts.”

Screen Queensland CEO, Jacqui Feeney said “Screen Queensland looks forward to welcoming the wider screen sector to the Gold Coast in February — to the state’s most vibrant screen production location and the ideal place to celebrate excellence in our industry.

“The 2024 AACTA Awards and supporting events program is an important opportunity for local practitioners to connect with their peers and for the Gold Coast community to become closer to a dynamic and creative industry that employs so many local people.”

Tickets will go on sale in November and nominees will be announced in early December.

6 Responses

  1. David, do you sense the date into 2024 has any nexus with the Writer’s Strike overseas? AFI/AACTA has always been in December or thereabouts.

    1. When they announced a move from NSW to Qld some time ago they indicated a shift from Dec to 2024 which I think was to get into international awards season. Strikes were activated some time thereafter.

      1. Presumably the timing would also be tied up in the TV deal available to them. December is a bit of a dead zone. (When they first relaunched from AFI to AACTA they held them in January.)

        1. Maybe the AACTA International, but my memory serves me that it has been December for eons for the basic AACTA prizes.. Also as a member, I don’t recall until today and this timeline (got an email from AACTA) that the screening period has been delayed (it normally happens in September for features).

          1. The first few years of the AACTA Awards (2012-15) were held in late January. Since then, it had moved to early December (on a side note: in 2015, there were two ceremonies. One in Jan, and the other in Dec).

  2. Good to have an air date announced already. Interesting choice that it will be held on a Saturday, whereas its been held on a Wednesday night for a number of years now.

    Good to read that 10 is on board again.

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