“Snow Monkey,” “Chasing Asylum” up for AACTA Awards

Eva Orner's Chasing Asylum, (pictured) which looks at the treatment of asylum-seekers in Australia, is among the documentary nominees for the sixth annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.
July 15, 2016

Eva Orner‘s Chasing Asylum (pictured) and George Gittoes’ Snow Monkey¬†are among the documentary nominees for the sixth annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.

This year’s nominees for best feature length documentary include Orner’s Chasing Asylum, on the treatment of asylum-seekers in Australia and the offshore detention centers they’re kept in; Gittoes’ Snow Monkey, which documents the lives of street children in war-torn Jalalabad, Afghanistan; Dan Jackson’s filmmaking debut In the Shadow of the Hill, which tells the story of a man killed by local police in Rio de Janeiro’s largest slum; and Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe’s Remembering the Man, capturing the enduring love story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo.

Each film was selected by a jury of industry professionals from across the Australian media landscape, representing a diverse selection of Australian screen crafts.

All nominated films will screen during AACTA’s official screenings program, which screens films throughout the months of August and September at event cinemas Bondi Junction in Sydney and Cinema Nova in Melbourne, in addition to digitally via AACTA TV.

Elsewhere, nominees for the feature films in competition category will be announced in mid-August, while nominations will be announced later this year for film and television titles, with winners across all categories to be announced at two major awards events in Sydney this December.

For a complete list of AACTA Awards nominees, click here.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.